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Old 23-02-21, 04:57 AM
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Can anybody tell me what this patch is (see the red arrow)? I am suspecting it is some kind of Scottish patch, but in my search I came up empty handed.



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Old 23-02-21, 05:29 AM
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The winged caduceus staff is the same as the RAF medical collar badge, so maybe an RAF medic?
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Old 23-02-21, 08:06 AM
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I also think RAF , this thread on GMIC forum may interest you :

Anyone interested in Medical insignia collecting??


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The cross shown has nothing to do with Scotland. It is known as the 'Cross of Life' and is increasingly replacing the Geneva Red Cross worn by medics. It is not only worn by Armed Forces medics but also by civilian paramedics.

Re the staff and serpent symbol. There is often confusion between the Caduceus and the Rod of Asclepius. Caduceus is a symbol with a short staff entwined by two serpents , sometimes surmounted by wings while the Rod of Asclepius is the one with a single snake. Both have their origins in ancient Greek mythology.

The Caduceus has actually got nothing to do with medicine and healing at all. It is actually a symbol of professionalism and craft. The Rod of Asclepius IS a symbol of healing. The two have been confused throughout history!

I can't tell you anything about the badge itself as I'm a Royal Navy collector. But I've already seen a similar design being worn by Medical Technicians in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

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Saw the photo on another site , it is labeled :

RAF TMW DARTS personnel :

Royal Air Force

Tactical Medical Wing

Deployable Aeromedical Response Team Squadron.

ROYAL AIR FORCE - TACTICAL MEDICAL WING (TMW) BADGES


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Another one for you Terry.
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The Caduceus has actually got nothing to do with medicine and healing at all. It is actually a symbol of professionalism and craft.
The Caduceus is also a symbol of commerce and trade leading to it's use on the Customs insignia of a number of countries, particularly in eastern Europe.

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Terry, your pictured badge is the official badge for a Paramedic. Seee the attached pic.
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Thank you , my guesses were based on Google so it's better to have proper information.


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Thank you all VERY much! This is truly EXCELLENT information, and yep several new badges to hunt down! Actually, I need both patches shown in my picture in the opening post!!!

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