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History of the Badges of the Australian Army (1903 to 1966)

This section draws heavily on research by Alfred N Festberg as presented in his book Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966. He concentrated only on units in the 1966 Order of Battle.

Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery

  • During the wars the relevant badges were worn black oxidised
  • During the Great War many RAA men wore, on their caps, a small gun badge intended for the sleeve.

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Worn by all regular RAA Units 1903-1911  Australian Field Artillery (militia) 1903-1912

Australian Garrison Artillery (militia) 1903-1912 Australian Garrison Artillery (militia) 1903-1912

Artillery Volunteers 1902/08


All regular RAA Units 1911-1914 Seige Brigade RAA 1913-1942

All RAA Units 1913-1930 (enhanced at private expense) All RAA Units 1930-1939 (Militia 1939-42)

All RAA Units 1949-1954 Introduced 1954

Collar dogs & buttons from various eras

<<< Royal Australian Artillery Tudor Crown Collar badge

Interesting Muslim Artillery badge

This badge has NOTHING to do with the Australian Army except to help show the reach of the British Empire.

It is a Pakistani Muslim Artillery unit badge.

Note the crescent moon and star, note the Arabic wording.


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