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Old 18-02-15, 11:26 AM
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Default 2 AIF Engineer colour patch perhaps

This colour patch was given to me whilst in the UK, and I haven't identified it. I don't have access to Glyde etc., so perhaps someone can help identify it for me.

Thanks, Stephen.
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Old 18-02-15, 11:42 AM
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Without the grey 2 AIF border it would be RAE L of C Units ((GRO 694/42 refers)
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Old 19-02-15, 12:12 AM
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This colour patch was given to me whilst in the UK, and I haven't identified it. I don't have access to Glyde etc., so perhaps someone can help identify it for me.

Thanks, Stephen.
hi Stephen
as per Keith's book without the grey backing I think its patch 639.
non divisional units of the RAE 1940-42 including workshop companies.
im sure we will hear from Keith
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Old 19-02-15, 01:50 AM
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The grey border is perfectly fine for this patch. A lot of grey-backed examples of the patch exist (I've had a bunch of them), suggesting that there was a considerable number of AIF personnel who wore it.
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Old 19-02-15, 07:40 AM
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Many thanks to all who replied.

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Old 19-02-15, 08:00 AM
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Without the grey 2 AIF border it would be RAE L of C Units ((GRO 694/42 refers)
I should have added that the designation above - RAE L of C Units (GRO 694/42) - is from an official publication dated c 1946 listing all (?) the colour patches that had been worn in WW2 as well as BCOF Japan and the immediate post-War "simplified" patch system. I believe the publication was discovered by the late (and much missed) Dave Allen. Mike
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Old 20-02-15, 11:17 AM
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Mike -- is this the publication you're referring to? (As an aside, note the spelling 'color'. There was a move in late 19th/early 20th century Australia to adopt '-or' instead of '-our'. A key example is the Australian 'Labor' Party and not 'Labour' Party. In my home state is the town of Victor Harbor. These are carry-overs from that movement.)
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Old 20-02-15, 12:14 PM
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No - it's a 36 page (each page 11.5 in square) document of line drawings of 788 colour patches, page 1 being "NEW SERVICE COLOUR PATCHES" listing 36 of these plus four BCOF patches. Pages 24 - 36 cover Armoured formations. Does that ring any bells? Mike
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Old 20-02-15, 12:35 PM
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Ah yes -- voila! I have a copy in my files, sent to me by a generous contact in Sydney who was doing some extensive research into AIF patches.
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Old 20-02-15, 12:43 PM
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That's it! Did you know Dave Allan did a (very) limited edition coloured in his own fair hand (he was an amazing calligrapher). Mike
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Old 20-02-15, 11:57 PM
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Unfortunately I didn't know Dave Allan, and I don't recall coming across his hand-coloured version. It would be interesting to see.
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Old 21-02-15, 12:50 AM
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I have a copy of both kinds the colored and the other. Both came from Dave

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Old 21-02-15, 01:02 AM
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I also have a copy of "Colour Patch Register' 1915-1949,
Department of Defence (Army Office) Canberra Act, 30 July 1993. issued by P.M. Jeffery Major General, Assistant Chief of the General Staff- materiel

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Old 21-02-15, 07:07 AM
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The Colour Patch Register was compiled by Colonel David Chinn, a well-respected figure in the field of Australian medals and insignia.
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