These insignia are identified as belonging
to the 10th Mountain Division, but actually they are from the 10th
Infantry Division from between 1954 and 1958. They not from the 10th
The 10th Mountain Division was disbanded in November 1945 and ceased
to exist until the Army reactivated the division in 1985 as the 10th
Mountain Division (Light Infantry). The two "Mountain" divisions are
well known to collectors and any 10th Division emblem is usually assumed
from one of these two units.
Between 1945 and 1985, however, the 10th's powder keg and crossed
bayonets insignia was worn by the 10th Infantry Division WITHOUT the
MOUNTAIN tab or mountain designation. The army activated the 10th Infantry
Division at Fort Riley Kansas in 1948 as a training Division. Between
1948 and 1954, 123,000 men completed their basic training with the
10th Division. Can you imagine how many
cut-edge WWII type SSI
these men wore? That makes the chance of a non-merrowed, 10th Division
patch being from WWII astronomically low, but every patch you see is
identified as a WWII 10th Mountain Division patch.
In 1954, the division was reorganized as
a combat infantry division and shipped to Germany. They were there
until they were disbanded in
1958. As a combat division, many new units were added to the division's
table of organization. The division's Special Troops Detachment, which
included the staff officers, and other support units,
such as Quartermaster, wore the insignia being sold in this auction.
Here is photo from the 10th Division's 1957 Annual that shows Captain
G-4 officer, wearing the Special Troops insignia
on his epaulets.