WWII US Army ADSEC Patch

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Original World War Two US Army Advance Section of the Communications Zone, European Theater of Operations Shoulder Sleeve Insignia Patch.

Activated at Bristol, England in February 1944. It is commonly referred to as simply "ADSEC". Upon its creation, ADSEC was attached to the U.S. First Army, but from the outset was one section (of ten) of the Communications Zone (Com-Z, ETO) logistics organization, and was the first Army logistical agency on the continent. The section moved forward with the Armies and provided close support. ADSEC came into actual operation on 6 June 1944 with the invasion of Normandy, D-Day, and was operating on both U.S. beaches as soon as they were secure.

The meaning of the patch is the lightning bolt represents the Allies breaking the chains of Nazi oppression. The patch is similar to the ETOUSA patch with the addition of the blue 5 pointed star in the white six lobed field. This blue star in white field is the emblem of the Services of Supply organization. The ADvance SECtion of the Com-Z, 1/10th of the organization, advanced closely behind the US Armies. There is an arched ADSEC tab that soldiers in ADSEC could wear above this patch.

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