Raiding Support Regiment badge sold for £3100 by Bosleys of Marlow.

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A special forces unit closely allied to David Stirling’s Special Air Service, the RSR was formed in October 1943 at Azzib in Palestine under the command of Lt Col Sir Thomas Devitt Bt, formerly of the Seaforth Highlanders. Its purpose was to mount raids behind the lines in the Dalmatian islands, Yugoslavia, Greece and Albania.

“On sale day the closely fought bidding battle was between an overseas collector and an English collector, the overseas bidder being ultimately successful,” auctioneer Steven Bosley says.