Similar to Germany, Austria was divided among the Allied Powers into zones of occupation through the Potsdam Agreement.  The US Forces Austria (USFA) command was created in 1945 to patrol and rehabilitate the US Zone of newly-liberated Austria.  With major concentrations in Salzburg and Linz, US troops were also stationed in Vienna alongside soldiers of the French, British, and Soviet forces.  USFA's mission ended in 1955.

A variety of theater-made US Forces Austria shoulder patches.

Ike jacket and cap belonging to a Major who finished his service with the US Forces in Austria.  This Chicago-area veteran served as a communications officer with the 5th Army general staff under General Clark through the Italian campaign and later in Salzburg and Vienna.

Ike jacket from a veteran stationed with the US Forces Austria/Tactical Command in Salzburg.  This stunning custom bullion patch identifies the veteran as part of the 66th Ordinance Company, which served at Camp Roeder in the early 1950s.

An American soldier's pass for access to travel through Soviet, French, and British zones of occupation in Europe while stationed in Vienna, Austria.  While British and French zones generally offered easy travel access, Cold War tensions between the US and Soviet Union often made passing through Soviet sectors risky and potentially hostile.

Distinctive Insignia of the 350th Infantry Regiment of the 88th Infantry Division, which served as part of the USFA 1948-1956.

USFA activities pamphlet from Vienna

202nd MP books from Vienna.

Book of the 7617th Support Command of the USFA.

Ike jacket to a veteran of the 510th Field Artillery, part of the US Forces in Austria.  This veteran was stationed in Salzburg, Austria, and also served in World War II.

Four different versions of Distinctive Insignia worn by the USFA.  The top left is Italian-made, while the others were produced in Germany or Austria.

Army of Occupation medal bar with rare "Austria" bar.

Large wooden souvenir plaque from Salzburg, Austria.

Two versions of shoulder patches from the Austrian Tactical Command.  The right patch denotes service in the 350th Infantry.

A rare shoulder patch worn by the International Patrol, an inter-allied unit that policed Vienna.

Theater-made patches and scrolls

Military Police brassard from the USFA

 

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