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Badges For Some Scary People .... The RSM!

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Paul, this is actually the badge for WO II (for the working/combat dress). I intend to show a few examples in the appropriate thread - just have to find some free time to do the scans.

Eric

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Paul, this is actually the badge for WO II (for the working/combat dress). I intend to show a few examples in the appropriate thread - just have to find some free time to do the scans.

Eric

Oops, my bad ! Do you have examples of the WO 1 badge from Rhodesia ?

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Oops, my bad ! Do you have examples of the WO 1 badge from Rhodesia ?

There it is, for the working/combat dress :

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Dress WO I, on dark green felt.

This was not worn by RSM, who had a bullion embroidered badge (a miss in my collection :unsure:).

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Here are the Rhodesian anodised metal WO I badges for leather wristlets. These have a smaller size than the ones worn by RSM, as shown in Post # 52.

Gilt is for Corps, silver for Infantry (other than Rhodesia Regiment) and Armoured Car Regiment, black for RR (which is affiliated to the KRRC).

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To continue here are some more Australian rank patches.

Australian Army WO1, embroidered jungle greens, c1976, 7.5 cm x 6.5 cm

Regards,

Rob

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Australian Army WO1, embroidered polyester general dress, c1976, 7.5 cm x 6.5 cm

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Australian Army WO1, worsted wool, pre 1976. Worn on service dress on the lower sleeve.

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Australian Army WO1, embroidered, service dress, c1976 - 1990's. This badge was worn until replaced by the much larger version which has a very large backing area, designed to cover the previous rank patch replaced. See the Australian WO2 corresponding entry.

Regards,

Rob

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Interesting badges Rob, they make an immediate impression. Has Aust. dropped the Royal Arms now, in favour of the National emblems ?

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Very interesting post. Here is my offering:

RSM badge on a brassard. This was used by RSM (WO1) Andy Green of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards during his Northern Ireland tour.

Enjoy,

Garth

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Interesting badges Rob, they make an immediate impression. Has Aust. dropped the Royal Arms now, in favour of the National emblems ?

Hello Mervyn,

With my work schedule slowing slightly here are some details.

In 1917 the rank of warrant officer class one was established with the Royal Coat of Arms designated as the badge of rank. In the Australian Army the badge for warrant officers class one was replaced by the Australian Coat of Arms in 1976 and has been worn ever since.

The position for wearing the badges of rank of warrant officers changed from the lower forearm to the mid-upper arm at the end of 1996. When I have time I will try and locate the current much larger rank patch that replaced the badge shown in post #86.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Rob

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Thankyou Rob - I haven't been back since 1960 ( ! ) - and hadn't noticed the change. Would be good to see the bigger badge - our emblems look good on the badge and the embroidery is of a high standard. Hope it's not the 'copying b.....s' in Pakistan - they write to me at least 3 or 4 times a week - and I don't think that there is anything they're not making.

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To all,

To continue the Australian bit here are some WO1 DPCU rank slides. I have included two as the background on one of them makes it difficult to see the detail. I suppose that is why they are worn on the combat uniform. :D

More to follow of service dress, and general duty dress when I have time to find them.

Regards,

Rob

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What a spectacular collection of of examples show here in this topic. My only contribution to this fine topic are the two following rank slip-ons currently worn in Afghanistan by the Canadian Contingent.

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To all,

Here are some more Australian Army WO1 rank patches.

Embroidered polyester general duty dress, c1996, 9 cm x 7 cm. This smaller patch is still worn on general duty dress and has not been replaced by the larger versions as for Service and Mess Dress.

More to follow

Regards,

Rob

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Australian Army WO1, embroidered, service dress, late 1990's to current date. 11 cm x 11 cm at each widest point.

This badge replaced the smaller previous entry shown in post #86. It has a large backing area, designed to cover the previous rank patch replaced.

Regards,

Rob

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Australian Army WO1, embroidered, mess dress white jacket, late 1990's to current date. 11 cm x 11 cm at each widest point.

Regards,

Rob

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Great badges, don't think I've got any to add but here are a couple of cigarette cards from a set "Army Badges of Rank", issued by Churchman's in 1916:

Warrant Officer Class I,

Sergeant Major School of Musketry.

The 3rd card, Badges of Rank - Miltary" is from Gallaher's "The Great War, Second Series", issued 1915.

"Warrant & Non Commissioned Officers (1)"

"(Worn on the Sleeve)"

It identifies the badges shown as:

a) Conductor Army Ordnance Corps etc

b) Master Gunner, 1st & 2nd Class,

c) Staff Sergeant Major, 1st Class etc,

d) Bandmaster,

e) Master Gunner, 3rd Class,

f) Quarter Master, Corporal Major, etc.

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A couple more, next is the Royal Air Force WO1 badge in pale blue on a navy background.

Following that we have the Royal Engineer, Royal Signals and REME version of the RSM badge with a navy border.

Please note Royal Air Force does not, and never did, need two grades of Warrant Officer. All RAF WO are equivalent rank WO I only cleverer.

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