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    Collecting army, navy, air force and marine corps cap/beret badges of all countries and all periods, with particular interest in the badges of the smaller British Colonies

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  1. What a wonderful collection of Iraqi material you have there! Thanks for displaying it. My own particular interest is in head-dress badges, but I was interested to note the symbols on the Iraqi Pilot's wings and brevet and I hope you may be able to clear a query for me. For some years, I have had an unidentified badge which bears similar symbols to those on your breast badges. Do you have any information that might link the Iraqi A/force with this badge? A scan is attached; the badge is 75mm high overall. If you can comment, I'd appreciate your thoughts and hope my inquiry will not be any inconvenience. Regards, Brian
  2. Hi Simon, I was very interested in your Artillery badge and thank you for displaying it. Having said that, I do not think I can help with very much information, but can, perhaps, suggest a few leads. First, I do not think the badge is from Singapore. Currently, I believe, the Singapore Army has one General Service cap badge (and the old Singapore Volunteer Artillery badge carried its full title on the scroll). I suggest you look at the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, which had several different badges, though I have not come across an Artillery one, previously. You do not specify the size of your badge, but it looks very similar to the current Royal Malaysian Artillery badge, though the latter is about the size of the middle-sized Royal Artillery badge. The Malaysian badge does not have the SVC initials and the date. Sorry if this only complicates matters, but I shall be interested to hear how your inquiries go in the next few weeks - someone will, no doubt, be able to give chapter and verse! Regards, Brian
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    Timor Leste Defence Force

    Thanks for posting the illustration of the East Timor badge, Johnsy - this is the first information I have seen on badges of that country. The next step is to get one! I have been trying to get at least one badge from each country of the world, though the prospects are receding by the month. The position, at the moment, leaves me with, perhaps, half-a dozen countries to "conquer". However . . . "if at first you don't succeed . . . etc." Thanks again, Brian
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    Turkish Badge?

    Can anyone tell me whether the badge shown below is Turkish, please? I have had it for many years, without knowing its true identity. It is die-cast, in brass, 98mm high, with bend-over fasteners E-W. Obviously some naval connection, but, possibly coastal artillery? Thanks for any suggestions, in advance, Regards, Brian
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    Yugoslavian cap badges

    My understaning of Yugoslavian badges is that the 1941-45 period was somewhat chaotic, as might be expected. There were two "armies" opposing the Germanns, one being essentially the rmnants of the old Yugoslav army and the second being the partisans under J. Broz Tito. When some semblancce of order was established, as regards inssignia on the Partisans, side,, badges were mainly cloth, cut from anything avvailable, a red star being the cap badge. The Royal Yugoslav forces which were organised in Britain wore the old Royal Yugoslav insignia. There was a badge designed for the Yugoslavs annd made in Britain, but I have never seen any pictures of this being worn, nor have I seen any reference to it in reference books. I do have a specimen of the badge, though! New badges were produced in the late 1940s, but thee were short-lived and the badges shown in my first scan were introduced. The badges with the hammer annd sickle emblem were worn by "Proletarian Troops" and the plain badges by other units. "Proletarian Troops", I gather, were those units which originated in the Proletarian Brigades and Divisions formed in the early years of theWW2 whose service and distinctions was commemorated by the wearing of the hammer and sickle on their badges. My first scan shows a selection of the red star badges in use from about 1950 until 1990, when a new rang of badges was introduced for. the Jugoslav National Army. My second scan shows two badges, I believe, of th late 1940s era, the Jugoslav crest being worn by Generals, but I do not know who wore the cockade. It is similar to the one already shown in this thread, but incorporates a wreath on the cockade and is made in three pieces (cokade, wreath overlay annd red eamelled star). I think this information is ccorrect, but am open to correction from anyone who has more concise dwtails available!
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    Yugoslavian cap badges

    You are correct, Leigh - your badge is from the Republic of Srpska and is a modern one. I have three different badges of this series - one like yours, one similar but with a half-wreath around the oval and one plain eagle. There are probably ten or a dozen different badges, but only half that number of designs, since some are in silver metal and some in gilt. So, your badge design appears in both metals. I don't know the reason for this, but someonne out there will probably tell us! Brian
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    Ethiopian Militaria

    Conclusion: So, that's it, Stephen. I hope this will be of interest and, if you have anyinformation to offer, I'd be pleased to hear it. Brian
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    Ethiopian Militaria

    Continuation .... Two of the badges in the next scan are from the Imperial period and two from a later date. The one at top, left is really well-produced and is marked on the reverse "made in Ethiopia B.A.Sevadjian" Again, translations are necessary to identify these. More "modern" badges in this scan. I think the top two are from the Mengistu era, and both well-produsced, brass pressings. both the same design. The two on the bottom line are also similar, though the one to the left is die-struck, with screw-fastenings E-W. Officers and o/ranks? . . . . I don't know. Finally, I have an Imperial Air Force badge, Swedish-made and an Imperial Navy badge. I guess this Naval badge is that of a Petty Officer as opposed to a Commissioned Officer, but I have no further information. The two badges on the bottom line are, probably Police badges. Certainly, the inscription on the badge at the left reads: "Ethiopian Government Police" Continued below . . . .
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    Ethiopian Militaria

    Hope the attached scans will be of interest, Stephen. I'm sorry I do not knnow much about these items, but have tried to record what I know. The first scan shows Ethiopian Army badges from the 1950s. These are all cast brass and were the official issues. Some designs are obviously based on British b adges, for instance, the Medical Corps and the Electrical/Mechanical Engineers. The badge at the top tight is that of the Military School. The two on the bottom line, right, are both Infantry badges, don't know what the difference is. Presumably the inscriptions would help, had I a translator! The second scan shows some badges which were permitted, but had to be privately purchased. These are considerably smaller than the official issues and were made from brass pressings. The fasteners are thin, needle-like "sliders". Again, Medical, Artillery, Infantry and Transport are easily recognisable. The two on the left, bottom line, are exceptions, both being die-struck badges with screw fastenings. The one at the extreme left was made in Sweden and, despite its size, was the helmet badge of the Imperial Guard. The badge adjacent came to me at a later date and, due to the similarity, but lacking the Imperial Crown, I guess it may be the badge of the Presidential guard. I would stress that this is only surmise. The third scan shows more badges of the Imperial era, these rather better-made that the earlier ones, though the two at the bottom, right are both cast white-metal, The centre one being the badge of the Haile Selassie Military Academy. I don't think I have space for more scans so will start again.
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    North Korean Air Force insignia

    I was interested in the remarks regarding North Korean badges and appreciate Reichrommel's comments. I was interested to learn that the second cap wings he showed is the civil airline. I have this badge, and had wondered why the difference between that and the military badge. The few oddments I have of North Korea are shown below. The first is the Army officer's cap cockade. Army Generals, in parade dress have gold wire-emboidered embellishments on the cap band, identical with the old Soviet custom. The second scan is that of the Air Force badge. Again, as with all the Soviet-orientated countries, the Air force is part of the army and flight personnel are distinguished by the cap wings above the army badge. This cockade, is slightly smaller than the Army officer's badge. The earlier (Korean War version was in plain brass with no enamelling. The Navy cockade is similar to the army one, but carried an anchor behind the star. (I do not have this one). The third scan, cockade in wreath, is, I guess, a more modern item. Anyone know who wears this? Brian
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    Miscellaneous Militaria

    Two nice badges there, Ed. - thanks for showing them. I like the cap star particularly. The cockade is a police badge, I believe and, as such doesn't come into my field of collecting (though the dividing line is pretty thin in some instances! I thought you might like to see the Mongolian oddments I have. The first is the Army General's cap badge - officers used the cockade only, without the gilt metalwork. The dark cockade is merely the subdued version, probably worn by al ranks. My second is the badge of the Air Force, this being an earlier pattern, I think, which was superseded by the Soviet-inspired version shown in the third scan. I do believe the older version is again currently in use, but would like confirmation of this. The last scan shows the post 1992 Army badge for officers
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    Thanks, Iffiq and Antonio Pietro, for your comments - most interesting and helpful, Brian
  13. Is this classed as a "tinnie", or is it for civilian wear? Any information welcomed. This badge is 50mm across, bi-metal, mounted on a blue/yellow silk ribbon. It has a brooch-pin fastening, vertical, at the rear, on a circular plate marked "Paul Kust, Berlin C.19" The scroll reads: "VER. EHEM. DRAGONER 16 16. Aug. 1905"
  14. I have had this badge for some time, now, though I am at a loss to know precisely what it is and how to classify it. The badge is stamped from thin metal, of a dark colour, though there could be traces of gilding on the flag. It is 45mm wide and has a rudimentary brooch pin fastening . It looks to be of German origin and it came to me as a badge manufactured by the Germans for Royal Marines prisoners of war. Has anyone come across this sort of thing before - does anyone have information that would confirm this background story or is it just another of those fables? As usual, any information will be appreciated, Brian
  15. IOne of the goals I set myself, when opening up my collection world-wide, was to obtain at least one badge from each army, navy and air force of the world. Unfortunately, a few countries are most unco-operative and I feel doubtful that I shall ever reach my given target. However, hope springs eternal, and, even if I do not get the actual badges it would be nice to have illustrations of some of these elusive insignia. As far as North Africa is concerned, I have a reasonable representation, but I have never been able to find out anything about the cap badges worn by officers and other ranks of the Air Forces of Morocco and Algeria and, similarly, their Navy cap badges. Can any Gentleman supply me with illustrations of such things - scans, drawings, pencil rubbings, photos . . . anything! I would be grateful for any help. Brian