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Old 21-12-19, 05:39 AM
RNeil RNeil is offline
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Default Purchase of NZEF Badges in May 1940

I see a few previous posts on the 2NZEF Badge on this forum, so for those with an interest in the WW2 2NZEF Badge, I have found an entry in the May 1940 NZEF DADOS War Diary which provides an insight into the NZEF badge situation in early 1940.

The entry for May 1 1940 states that there was a great shortage of Cap and Collar Badges in the 1st Echelon. To make up the shortfall, the following had been ordered through the High Commissioner;
  • 10000 sets R&F (Rank and File) badges
  • 1600 sets Officers badges

In all cases, a set was to consist of 1 Cap Badge and 2 Collar badges.

As these would take some time to arrive from England, quotations were called from local suppliers on May 1 for 2000 sets of R&F badges as an interim measure.

The Local vendor Tewfik Bichai was selected on May 2 to provide the 2000 sets. 1000 to be delivered on May 21 with the Balance on May 31. The diary confirms that 1000 sets were received on May 22 but no entry for the final 1000 is in the diary.
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Old 21-12-19, 09:45 PM
woronora woronora is offline
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Thanks for the information, which fills in some further gaps in our knowledge of NZ WW2 badges.


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