WWII China Burma India Theater Insignia
WWII China Burma India Theater Insignia - China Burma India Theater Shoulder Sleeve Insignia Patch (silver bullion wire with fields of navy blue and red wool on the shield's base, white cotton backer, 55 mm x 75 mm); and Chinese Air Force Pilot Wings (gold and silver bullion wire on khaki wool, blue and white enamelled Nationalist Chinese insignia sewn in the centre, black cotton backer, 26 mm x 76 mm). Both are original, period items, very crisp detail, quality stitching, uniform worn, near extremely fine. Footnote: The United States Armed Forces, China Burma India Theater was established on March 4, 1942, to control American forces on the Asian mainland. The goal of the force was to assist American allies, particularly China, in containing Japanese expansion westward. The China Burma India Theater did not contain large numbers of American combat troops, but posed logistical problems beyond any previously faced by the U.S. Army. From India to the interior of mainland China thousands of American soldiers ran railroads, built roads, provided medical care, flew cargo planes, trained Chinese troops, etc. The shoulder sleeve insignia of the China Burma India Theater was approved November 13, 1944, but had seen unofficial use since 1942.