Hi all, a while ago I had an officers armlet, red and blue with a yellow O, I searched online and was unable to find any information. Recently i purchased a booklet printed during the second world war for the public to identify insignia, rank and medal ribbons called Ranks & Medal Ribbons of the fighting services. Inside i found each type of armlet and which letters represent each department. So i wanted to share the information here and make a reference page to help anyone else who is having the same problem as i did to identify WW2 British armlets. (Sorry if a similar page is already on the forum, i was unable to find it if there was).


Types of Armlet:

1. Officers on staff of the War Office
This armlet is divided in colour, red and blue with a Kings Crown emblem on the top half (the red half), with a letter which represents a branch in red on the blue half.

The branches represented by these letters are as follows:

M.S - Military Secretary's
T.A - Territorial Army Directorate
G - General Staff
P - Army Pay Corps
A - Adjutant-General's
P.R - Director of Public Relations
Q - Quartermasters-General's
D.J.A - Deputy Judge-Advocates

(These letters apply to 1. type armlet only)


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2. H.Q.'s Home Forces, B.E.F and Middle East Armlet
Similar To the war office armlet, however it is without the emblem and the lettering in Yellow.


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3. Command Headquarters Armlet
This armlet is striped, red, black and red, with Red lettering to the central Black strip.

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4. Divisional Headquarters Armlet
This armlet is red with black lettering.

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5. Brigade Headquarters Armlet
This armlet is blue with black lettering.


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6. Area, District and Garrison Headquarters Armlet
This armlet is green with black lettering.


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7. Movement Embarkation and Transport of Troops armlet
This armlet is white with no lettering


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(Branch Letters and insignia are for no. 2,3,4,5 and 6 type armlets only)

A.M.S. - Assistant Military Secretary's
A.D.C.- Aides-de-camp
G. - General staff
A.D.Mn. - Officer in charge of administration
A.&Q. - Combined Adjutant-General's and Quarter-Master-General's
A. - Adjutant-General's
Q. - Quartermaster-General's
A Gun Insignia. - Royal Artillery
E - Royal Engineers
S. - Signals
S.T. - Supply and Transport
M. - Medical
O. - Ordnance
V. - Veterinary
P.M. - Provost Marshal's
P. - Royal Army Pay Corps
A.E.C - Education Officer's
C. - Assistant-Chaplain-General's
C.G.M. - Camp Quartermaster's
B.M. - Brigade Major
S.C.- Staff Captain
G.A. - Garrison Adjutant


Hope this reference can help anyone having trouble with British Army Armlets.

Cheers
Harry