The Devil's Brigade

We are honouring the First Special Service Force, also known as the Devil's Brigade.

This is the first piece that we have offered that features both screen printing and embroidery in the design.

Featuring the V-42 Fairbairn–Sykes commando knife designed by William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes. This Fighting Commando Knife, used a narrow-profile, double-edged stiletto blade made of high carbon steel with a skull crusher, on the end of the handle.

The V-42 is the actual size and the knife handle is embroidered which really accentuates the piece.

The surviving members of the Devil's Brigade were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, for their bravery that helped to end World War II.

We embroidered their spearhead shoulder insignia on the left sleeve. Did you know that the unit was unofficially first known as the "Braves"? The spearhead insignia was chosen with that name in mind.

The Movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’ was loosely based on the Devil’s Brigade. In fact when you see Brad Pitt addressing the troop, he is wearing the Arrow head on the shoulder of his uniform.

The back of the shirt features Devil’s Brigade facts. The branch of service insignia was the crossed arrows formerly worn by the U.S. Army Indian Scouts and reads:

1942 The 1st Special Service Force made up of volunteer American and Canadian soldiers combined collectively to form a special task force skilled for battle behind enemy lines.

1943 This unit was deployed to Italy and earned a reputation for being able to take impenetrable objectives when no one else could.

Much feared for their fighting prowess, the brigade's members would smear their faces with black boot polish for their night-time covert operations.

The moniker "The Black Devils" was adopted after the discovery of the personal diary of a German officer referring to "die schwarzen Teufeln (the Black Devils), are all around us every time we come into the line. We never hear them come.”

Each brigade members carried cards depicting the unit patch and a slogan written in German: Das dicke Ende kommt noch ("The worst is yet to come"). They were allegedly left on dead German soldiers or on destroyed vehicles or fortifications as a form of psychological warfare. Small units would often overwhelm German defenders without firing a shot, and then disappear into the night.

During the Anzio campaign, the brigade fought for 99 days without relief.

The First Special Service Force was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of their World War II service.

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