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Army Proficiency Badges: Infantry Gunner Observation Badge


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In elaboration of this one http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/60753-army-proficiency-badges-swordsmanshipbayonet-skills-badge/?hl=%2Barmy+%2Bproficiency+%2Bbadges and as forerunner of many others (hopefully :whistle:)

Time to hit this 歩兵砲観測徽章

歩兵 - infantry

砲 - gun

観 - look

測 - measurement

[観測 – observation]

徽章 - badge

Yep, Infantry Gunner Observation Badge

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Peterson didn`t mention at page 104 of his opus when this badge was introduced.

Well, now we have exact date ;)

It happened on


or, as we say back in Moscow,

November 17, 1939.

Badge was established in two classes (typical story for all badges that were introduced or reestablished in 1939)

Badge for NCOs – 下士官徽章

Badge for privates – 兵徽章

Let’s explore them!

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金 - Gold

白銅 - Cupronickel

表面 - Obverse surface

艶消 - Matting


Maybe this is the reason why we will find two coloring schemes for every class? :whistle:

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Interesting that Type 3 Nakata attributes to NCOs

As for the Type 2

he claims (thanks for the help with translation Oleg! :cheers:) that this badge belongs to the "latter period" (後期 - 後 later 期 period).


I wonder how he figured it out :whistle:

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