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    Hello,

    I need help identifying the patches shown below. They came from my dad's collection and I believe most date to WWII era. Thanks in advance for your help

    Tom
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    KRR Kings Royal Rifles, RE Royal Engineers, RAOC Royal Army Ordenance Corps, RASC Royal Army Service Corps, cross flags=Royal Signals, cross rifles =Maksman, blue pip goes above , RAC Royal Armoured Corps, REME Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers , CD Civil Defence. The top set are various Specialist insignia, i cant remember the rest but im sure someone will either correct me of add info

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    Hi Tom

    You've got a very nice set of shoulder flashes, skills badges and trades badges there mate, with one oddity thrown in for good measure.
    They could be from any time span from 1939 onwards.
    I'll work down from top to bottom and left to right as looking at the photo;

    Row1 (All specialist proficiency badges)
    BG = Bren Gunner: C = Group C tradesman: DM = Driver/Maintenance: L = Gunlayer RA: LG = Lewis Gunner/LMG gunner: MG: = Medium Machine Gunner Marksman

    Row2 (All specialist proficiency badges)
    MT = Motor Transport: P = Plotting Room Personnel - RA: S = Surveyor - RA: SP = Specialist Proficiency: G = Gunner 1st class RTC/RTR: GG = Ground Gunner

    Row 3: (Regiment/Corps shoulder loop flashes)
    ACC = Army Catering Corps: HG = Home Guard: KRR = ??: RAOC = Royal Army Ordnance Corps: RASC = Royal Army Service Corps

    Row 4: (Trades/Qualification badges)
    CD = Civil Defence: Cannon badge is Royal Artillery, (?Grade): REME Fitter/Articifer: Signals qualified personnel, (instructor if worn on UPPER arm): Crossed Swords = Qualified PT Instructor: Crossed Rifles = Rifle marksman: 4point star = ?

    Row 5: (Trades/Qualification badges)

    REME = Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (shoulder flash): Wireless Operator: "Bomber badge" = ??: WLA = ??: Red on (?)Black patch = Wireless Operator: Shoulder Flash = ??: "WWI tank badge" = OR's shoulder flash, RTR


    Bottom left group of 5 divisional shoulder flashes, ??Units

    Red on Khaki crossed cannons and the one next to it are both, I believe, Royal Artillery flashes

    The final group of 5 badges in the bottom right corner are, I believe all drivers proficiency badges of various grades. HOWEVER, the all khaki wheel is, I believe that of a wheelwright.

    The "oddity" that I mentioned above is the "silver star on the (?)black circular ground. If this is a genuine patch, it is the rank badge for a WWII German Army Oberschutze or senior Private!!


    As usual, I am willing to stand corrected by others more knowledgeable than me, but I am pretty sure that I have identified the ones specified correctly for you.

    As I said, all in all, a very nice set.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy


    PS: Dave you beat me to a couple again mate! LOL
    Last edited by jimpy; 12-29-2010 at 08:01 PM. Reason: Addition/Grammar

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    cross flags=Royal Signals,

    Aaaaaaaaaaargh:

    Dave,

    Sorry mate, crossed flags is NOT Royal Signals, the badge identifies SIGNALS QUALIFIED personnel in NONE Royal Signals units. If it is worn on the UPPER arm, (above any rank), it shows the wearer is a Signals Instructor. (I know, "I was that soldier"....As was my brother and as is now my son!)

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy
    Last edited by jimpy; 12-29-2010 at 07:48 PM. Reason: Addition

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    Yes Ian you are quite right i should worded my post more carefully, as i wore one in the TA, did mine at Blandford, but i was a Royal Signaller as you can no doubt tell as im not making myself very clear, strength 2 at the most

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    Yes Ian you are quite right i should worded my post more carefully, as i wore one in the TA, did mine at Blandford, but i was a Royal Signaller as you can no doubt tell as im not making myself very clear, strength 2 at the most
    Typical "Scaley"!!!
    Let you off that one then Dave,

    All the best mate.

    Ian


    PS: I did my Signals course at Imphal Barracks in York with 1st Yorks Vols, (a LONG time ago, just as Clansman was taking over from Larkspur, just after tin cans and string!!)

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    Odd seeing the german patch among this lot :P
    Regards,
    Finn

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    Hope you know that the Signals cap badge is the most pornographic in the British Army, plus the dirtiest

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    Tom,

    What I should have added, is that a fair few of these badges are STILL IN USE with the British Army:

    ie: The MG in wreath, now recognises a "machine gun marksman" OR Machine Gun Sustained Fire Controller.
    Crossed Swords, PT Instructor
    Crossed Flags, signals qualified personnel
    Crossed Rifles, marksman
    Hammer & Pincers, REME Fitter/Articifer

    There are also quite a few others that are still in use, hence why I originally said any time span from about 1939 onwards.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    Quote by davejb View Post
    Hope you know that the Signals cap badge is the most pornographic in the British Army, plus the dirtiest

    No comment Dave!!!

    Thought you might have bitten a bit deeper with my reference to "Scaley" though!

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy
    Last edited by jimpy; 12-29-2010 at 08:03 PM. Reason: Addition

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