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Old 27-07-21, 04:59 PM
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Default EFI Shoulder Title?

Can anyone identify what the 'EFI' letters stand for on this title?

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Old 27-07-21, 05:09 PM
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Expeditionary Forces Institute.
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Old 27-07-21, 05:13 PM
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Thank you Leigh. The only thing that sprang to mind was Expeditionary Force Infantry, and I knew it couldn't be that!

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As Leigh says - Expeditionary Forces Institute. Don't know if it still exists but the NAAFI wasn't allowed to send civilian staff into combat zones so they drafted them into the TA and put them in RASC/RAOC/RLC/AJC uniform to sell their tea and buns.
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As Leigh says - Expeditionary Forces Institute. Don't know if it still exists but the NAAFI wasn't allowed to send civilian staff into combat zones so they drafted them into the TA and put them in RASC/RAOC/RLC/AJC uniform to sell their tea and buns.
If I remember correctly the CWGC lists 146 NAAFI personnel who sacrificed their lives in WW2, mostly members of the Naval Canteen Service who went down with the ships they were serving on. I think the "To sell their tea and buns" remark is a bit of an insult to them under the circumstances.
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Old 05-08-21, 06:40 AM
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The EFI at Shaiba Log Base took a direct hit from an Iranian 122mm rocket in early 2005 - fortunately no casualties as it was closed for the night by then - but I'd echo that sentiment.
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Old 05-08-21, 11:30 AM
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To mark NAAFI's Centenary at the beginning of the year The Military Heraldry Society published a 32-page special issue of The Formation Sign, the front page of which is shown.

With over 200 illustrations it tells NAAFI's story from its origins in the Expeditionary Force Canteens and Navy & Army Canteen Board to the present day. A large number of badges for NAAFI and the EFI are illustrated, along with photographs and ephemera.

I can supply PDF copies for 10. If interested please PM me.

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Old 05-08-21, 02:21 PM
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I have a copy of this journal and I think it is just excellent! Not my primary focus, but do enjoy collecting them when I can pick something up. So, this journal has been extremely helpful.

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