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Cloth shoulder patches. Page 3. Worn 1950 onwards

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Australian embroidered version of the emblem of the US Presidential Unit Citation. Worn on the left shoulder of Battle Dress by troops of 3RAR in the 1950s

A/Army Training Team Vietnam

AATTV subdued, local production


Multinational Force Sinai


NZ (early pattern) national patch

 New Zealand (East Timor)

40 Sqn RNZAF overseas patch

United Nations patch

These Kiwi patches are not embroidered but rather screen-printed. In 1998-99, a Troop of New Zealand Gunners were posted to the Royal Horse Artillery in Bosnia. They had no form of NZ identification so one of the Gunners designed this badge and it was widely worn In-country by the Kiwis. 

This Unit was the first ever New Zealand "Teeth Arms" Unit to serve in a war zone under the Command of a female Officer. Her name was Lieutenant Hayley Jane MAY (H996597), RNZA, MNZM. 

  • United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Agency shoulder patch.

United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Agency (metal) United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Agency (cloth) United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Agency (bullion)
UNRRA Nurses Aide (carved from timber) HQ  United Nations Command Korea c.1954 Commonwealth Military Advisor Team Uganda 1983

US Honor Guard Korea

USA/RAN E.M.U. "Get the Bloody job done".
AIF Official Photographer WW2, worn as a shoulder strap (epaulette) slide War Correspondent shoulder badge, Korea c.1952 War Correspondent cap badge, Korea c.1952

Winter uniform shoulder flash for Accredited War Correspondents in Korea c.1952 Shoulder strap (epaulette) slide for Accredited War Correspondents in Korea c.1952 Winter uniform shoulder flash for Accredited UN War Correspondents in Korea c.1952
The three cloth patches worn by the 250 NZ service personnel who served with the British Battalion in Vitez, central Bosnia 1993 - 95 with the UN mission, UNPROFOR.

RAR (unofficial) 67th Aust Inf Battalion (3RAR) Unofficial RAA patch
1st Contingent of UNTAC 1989/90 Namibia (UN Transition Assistance Group) Later contingents to UNTAC Namibia 1989/90 (UN Transition Assistance Group) UNTAC Cambodia 1993 & Nth Iraq 1991 (UN Transition Assistance Group)

Radio Squadron 6 Signal Regt UN badge in bullion Medic's badge (all services) Iraq 2003/4

UNMCTT Afghanistan & Cambodia 1989 (UN Mine Clearance Training Team)  RAAF (?) circa 1965/70 UNMCTT Afghanistan & Cambodia 1993 (UN Mine Clearance Training Team)
<<< CLAMOR "Pangolin" badge 1987. (Commonwealth Ceasefire Liaison & Monitoring Organisation) Rhodesia

History of the Pangolin badge >>

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UNIIMOG members wore this badge below the UN badge. (UN Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group) 1988/90 Australian Army badge with kangaroo on Displaced Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) cloth. Worn by MINURSO (Mission de las Naciones para del Sahara Occidental) 1991 RAAF. 

The Butterworth Knuckpluckers. Malaysia. 

Search & Rescue team

Operation Gold Sydney 2000 Force Preparation Unit Interfet
These 3 images courtesy of Jeff Johnson

NZ Red Crescent badge, worn in Muslim countries in place of Red Cross, to indicate Medical or Chaplain services.

Unofficial Iraq 2003


1 Parachute Surgical Team, Iraq

2/14th Light Horse RAAC sports badges on khaki and jungle green

Movement Control, Iraq

  • Flight suit name tag and rank badge combinations as used by RAAF and Army Aviation.
RNZAF Kosovo Mission Patch

Patch worn on the flight suits by RNZAF during the Kosovo mission in 1999. Australian Army Training Team Middle East (Iraq) AATTI
Scarce NZ East Timor badge Cloth badge issued by NZ battalions to their Language Assistants during NZ contribution to UN peacekeeping in East Timor. Embroidered yellow on blue.
New Zealand Police, East Timor NZ Army Support Group Antarctica 91/92
Some images from Australian Army Badges: Cloth insignia of the Army in Australia 1860-1993 by J K Cossum ISBN 0 949530 14 X

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