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Sew-on & slip-on Australia titles

5 variations of the sew-on and slip on styles of AUSTRALIA cloth titles from different eras & 2 different RAAF slip on titles of the 1945 tropical uniform issue.

  • Early pattern shoulder "arc" style AUSTRALIA flash on Jungle Green

Slip on shoulder titles for Corps & other Units

Royal Australian Artillery 1965 Royal Australian Army Service Corps 1960 Royal Australian Corps of Signals
Royal Australian Infantry Corps 1960 New Guinea Volunteer Rifles 1945 Northern Territory Forces 1980
New Guinea Forces 1980 Australian Women's Army Service Australian Women's Army Service

Shoulder Flashes from 1903-1912

Derwent Infantry University Rifles Australian Engineers-Electrical
11th Australian Infantry (& all others AIR units) No1 Battery WA Field Artillery

Screen Printed shoulder flashes pre-1949 (not supplied at public expense)

5 Field Regiment City of Newcastle Regiment 7 Field Regiment
NSW Scottish Cadets Sydney University Regiment

 Colonial Shoulder boards, (epaulettes) 

Williamstown Artillery Corps 1870 Tasmanian Rifle Regiment 1890

Victorian Field Artillery 1895

Kennedy Regiment 1900 H Company 2nd Battalion South Australian Scottish Regt 1900 1 Company Field Artillery
Queensland Scottish Volunteers Moreton Regiment Queensland Rifle Volunteer Force South Australia
West Australia Highlanders 2 Company Corps of Engineers

Dress Uniform Shoulder Boards

These images are c.1950/1980 of the Australian Intelligence Corps from the Patrol Blues uniform. Rank of Captain.

The role of the Australian Intelligence Corps is to provide the intelligence support required by commanders and staffs at all levels of command. No successful operation can be planned or conducted until sufficient information has been obtained on an adversary and the prevailing conditions have been analyzed by intelligence staff.


The sole Australian Intelligence Corps officer to serve overseas in an intelligence role was Captain Reginald Travers. He was appointed as Intelligence Officer to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force dispatched to seize German possessions in the Pacific.

Travers was awarded a Mention in Despatches for gallantry in action on New Britain in September 1914. On return to Australia he was appointed to the Australian Imperial Force and finished the War on the Western Front as a highly decorated battalion commander


Within twelve hours of the announcement by the Prime Minister that Australia was at war, Army intelligence personnel working in close cooperation with State Police forces rounded up nearly three hundred of those most sympathetic to the cause of Nazi Germany. As the War developed, similar efforts operations occurred when Italy, Japan and other nations joined the fight against the Allies.

With the declaration of war, mobilization was ordered including the formal re-establishment of the Australian Intelligence Corps in November 1939. Four home service Corps personnel were appointed to intelligence staff positions on headquarters at brigade and above in the field Army. Those officers in intelligence staff functions at Military District and at Army Headquarters were transferred to the Australian Intelligence Corps. Text supplied by Intelligence Corps Association.

Officers Shoulder boards WW2 & after

Captain (Chaplain) New Guinea WW2 1st Lieutenant 2RAR Malaysia 1952 Lt Col., ANGAU, WW2 (not an Army rank or layout)

Brigadier Major, Chaplain Major

Lieutenant Colonel Major, Royal Australian Infantry Major General
  • YMCA, Salvation Army, Red Cross, War Correspondents and some other non-military service groups were/are entitled to wear military uniform with their own badges and rank designators.
Y.M.C.A. Australia Y.M.C.A. Australia
Some images are 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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