J. Anderson Collection


US forces fighting across Europe commanded a steadily increasing territory in the allied advances of 1944-1945.  Administration of Europe, first known as US Forces, European Theater (USFET) underwent frequent reorganization and renaming as it shifted to the postwar era--European Command (EUCOM in 1947), and US Army Europe (USAREUR 1952-present).  While command structure, rotating units, and nomenclature often changed, the mission did not--establish and maintain peace in Europe.

US Army Europe patch variations.  This patch derived in 1945 from the SHAEF design, but changed the black background to blue.  Shown here is a US-made patch at upper left, with a variety of other European-made examples.  In the bottom row is a cardboard cut-out, used as a base to produce bullion examples.

Different theater-made Distinctive Insignia for the US Army Europe

Ike jacket to a combat veteran stationed in Frankfurt immediately after the war. Note the scarce velvet "Frankfurt" tab and bullion German-made patches.

An Ike jacket of a veteran from the US Army in Europe, which has been serving in Europe since 1945.  This uniform has a theater-made patch with bullion "France" tab.

The standard "Four-Pocket" wool dress jacket was used largely replaced by the end of the war with cropped "Ike" jackets.  Many soldiers continued to wear the four-pocket jackets into the early postwar years.  This one was from a sergeant of the 7th Army, which served in the occupation of Germany; oral history identifies the veteran as a secretary to General George Patton.

Distinctive Insignia of the 62nd Military Police, the Highway Patrol of the US Zone in Germany until 1958.

62nd MP Highway Patrol brassard

SSI of various units that served in Germany in the early postwar years.

USAREUR Military Police brassards

Patch for the USAREUR Honor Guard MP

Iconic distinctive insignia of the 2nd Aviation Company.  This unit flew De Havilland Otters and was based in Verdun, France from 1958-1967.

Civilian Security Guard helmet liner from the late 1970s.  Germans were hired for base security across Europe in the postwar period.

Ike jacket to a veteran from the 29th Signal Battalion, which was stationed in Germany from 1951-1961, and then in France until 1963.  This jacket has a theater-made patch with "Germany" tab.

The uniform of a soldier in a unit integral to the postwar years in Germany:  the Seventh Army.  The Seventh served in Germany from 1945-1946, and from 1950 onward.  This Ike jacket has a German-made patch with a tab with the motto "Seven steps to hell."

Painted duffel bag of a soldier stationed with the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF) at Frankfurt just after WWII. 

US Forces European Theater handbook

The Communications Zone (COM-Z) was based in France and handled logistics for USAREUR.  This is a MP brassard to a COM-Z guard unit.

Theater-made COM-Z patches

German-made COM-Z patch and DI.

DI for the 7751st MP Customs Unit

USAREUR Military Police patch tabs

Two Seventh Army patches and tabs.  The Seventh Army has performed the bulk of Occupation duties in Europe from 1945-6 and 1950-present.

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