what is this SA symbol?

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what is this SA symbol?

Post by alpinoinMT » 26 Nov 2014 23:46

Have seen this symbol on the soldier's helmet and wonder what unit it is?
Perhaps you could tell me a bit of its history.
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by John Hilly » 27 Nov 2014 15:24

Just guessing...
It might be a sighn of a signals battalion - Viestipataljoona, VP - and the dog is a message dog.
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by alpinoinMT » 27 Nov 2014 16:24

Outstanding! This makes perfect sense.
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by Tommy R » 27 Nov 2014 19:31

A few more similar pictures can be found at SA-kuva 32793-32810.
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by Juha Tompuri » 27 Nov 2014 19:46

Hi, according to the photo captions seems to be a coastal infantry assault troop unit, equipped with swedish and captured soviet weapons.
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Island Martinsaari, summer 1941
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Post by Juha Tompuri » 27 Nov 2014 19:55

Tommy R wrote:A few more similar pictures can be found at SA-kuva 32793-32810.
Photos (probably) from the same location, continuing to #33943.

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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by Juha Tompuri » 27 Nov 2014 20:04

Note the flash also at the front of the helmet:
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by Tommy R » 28 Nov 2014 13:43

Some info on Martinsaari can be found in this thread: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 9&t=160359

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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by John Hilly » 28 Nov 2014 13:54

Great job guys!
Accidentally I was half right. :D

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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by alpinoinMT » 28 Nov 2014 19:09

Have to agree with John Hilly!
What a wealth of information!
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Re: what is this SA symbol?

Post by Aleksander P » 03 Dec 2014 22:21

Juha is right, these men were a part of a strike unit that were assigned under the command of coastal artillery troops. Their objective was to capture islands in the Gulf of Finland, during the attacking phase of the Continuation War. A helmet with this insignia was sold about a year ago, very rare of course.

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