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REME hammer and tongs.

Article about: by SteveR Actually it is for a medical circumcision unit. They take the hammer and whack the pekker with it while laying on a table. The foreskin pops out like an upside down umbrella. Then

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    Default REME hammer and tongs.

    Anyone shed any light on this hammer and tongs?
    what was it for and what sort of era???

    thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge
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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    have a guess at a ferrier badge.

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    I believe that it is a vehicle aticifer trade badge, worn by corporals and up, but, I am open to being corrected on that as appropriate!

    @Harry: The farriers trade badge, if memory serves right, is a horseshoe, worn open side up on the mid point between the elbow and shoulder.

    Regards etc
    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    thanks Ian,I was trying.

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    I was pretty sure that this was an Armorer's trade badge?

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    I spent some time in the REME as a class 1 B tech
    JSP 336 Vol 12 part 3,

    Armourers, metalsmiths, VMs, Inst Tech and some others can wear the as class 2 or class 1 tradesmen, up to the rank of (but not including) Sergeant.
    SSgts, WO2 and WO1 wear the badge if they are artificers.

    Tech spankers used to wear either an 'E' , 'R' or 'T' with lightning flashes I think. Tech Tiffies wear Hammer and Pincers.

    hope this clarifies.............a little

    I could be wrong but I think you'll find that the origin of the hammer and tongs lies with the ordnance; the badge was worn by Armourer SSgt, Artificer SSgt, Workshop Sereant Major and Armourer Sergeant Major before the trades transfered to the REME in 1942.

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    Good stuff, thanks John.

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    Many thanks John, and everyone for your knowledge!!!
    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...."
    - Major-General John Sedgwick, 9 may 1864.
    Killed by a sniper during the battle of Spotsylvania..

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    Default Re: REME hammer and tongs.

    Actually it is for a medical circumcision unit.
    They take the hammer and whack the pekker with it while laying on a table. The foreskin pops out like an upside down umbrella. Then they use the snips to remove the above mentioned foreskin 1/2 at a time. That is why nobody converts to the Jewish religion in the British army.

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    Actually it is for a medical circumcision unit.
    They take the hammer and whack the pekker with it while laying on a table. The foreskin pops out like an upside down umbrella. Then they use the snips to remove the above mentioned foreskin 1/2 at a time. That is why nobody converts to the Jewish religion in the British army.
    That description made my hair stand on end just by reading it

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