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Old 03-02-14, 11:01 PM
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I have two Omani general service badges with the khanjar and crossed swords behind it. One has a khanjar with a rounded end and is brass while the other has a small circle at the end and is white metal. Is there any what to know what years the two styles are from? Thanks!

Here is a link to what the second one with the circle looks like:
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Old 04-02-14, 08:49 AM
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As one who served there in the mid to late 1970s, I would counsel against trying to over-formalise details of SAF insignia in those early days of the rule of Sultan Qabus. SAF was a force conceived and developed in war. Apart from private purchases SAF insignia and most of its uniform was made under contract in Pakistan - quality and detail varied enormously - some was good some was virtually unwearable. It was not until the very late 1970s that dress was formalised to, for example, UK standards. The exception to all this was the SSF - I believe their beret badges and wings were made in UK - no expense spared - hence the good quality. Image - Desert Regt at Sarfait - a SAF forward position on the Yemeni border - spot the Brit!
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Old 04-02-14, 09:46 AM
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Old 04-02-14, 10:12 AM
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While I absolutely agree with Mike about the impossibility of saying exactly what badge was worn when here is my effort to explain the use of the Sultanic Emplem by SAF.

The Sultanic Emblem
The General Service Badge of the Oman Army


The Sultanic Emblem consisting of a pair of crossed swords (saif Ė سيف) superimposed by an Omani dagger (khunjar) is said to have first been used by the Sultans of Muscat and Oman in the 18th century. It was first used by an armed body in Oman by the Muscat Levies, later the Muscat Infantry, in the 1920s. Over the years it has formed the basis of almost all military badges used by The Sultanís Armed Forces.

The badge has undergone a number of changes over the years, but putting aside for a moment those badges with additions to the basic design three patterns have been in use.

1st Pattern 1956-1976. The first pattern to be generally adopted was first introduced during the period of the Jebel Akhdar War. In itís most basic form it was cast in brass in typical Pakistani manner with integral cast loops. However it also appears in a variety of manufacturing styles including those of obviously British make with the usual British style loops. Officers had silver badges and these can vary from quite crude to exquisite jewellery standard pieces.

Photographs from the 1950s show this badge being worn in a variety of head-dress . It remained in use until after the Dhofar War when it was replaced by the 3rd Pattern at the same time as regimental badges were introduced for most units.

2nd Pattern, 1956-1986. The second pattern of badges is identical to the Sultanic Emblem that appears on the Omani flag which was first approved in 1970 and now forms the basis of modern Omani army badges. This badge is found in brass, white metal and chrome plate, fairly roughly cast and with cast in loops. No silver officerís versions have been noted.

A photograph of a SAF staff officer wearing this badge in a bush hat in about 1956 during the Jebel Akhdar war has been seen . This badge seems to have a particular connection with the Armoured Car Squadron (ACS) as it appears on both the unitís plaque and flag.

The ACS never had an individual unit badge, nor did its successor, the Armoured Regiment, and this badge may have continued in use until 1986.

3rd Pattern, 1976-1986. The third pattern of Sultanic Emblem, which replaced the 1st Pattern in 1976, was a much more accurate depiction of an Al Bu Saidi Khunjar, complete with it seven ring suspension system. It appears in gilt brass, white metal for ORs and silver for officers.

This badge came into use at the same time as regimental cap badges started to be introduced across SAF. It was worn primarily by HQ staff officers and also by those who did not have a unit badge to wear. In 1986 a generic gilt badge to be worn by all units of the Royal Army of Oman replaced this badge along with the unit badges.
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Old 04-02-14, 11:11 AM
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Outstanding! Very many thanks from such a comprehensive explananation.
A personal contribution - two very different badges - on the left - in gold - made for my mother from gold provided by my father - a retired dentist - using the badge issued to me in 1977 to form the mould and on the right, made in silver for my wife in silver from a badge in my collection. My wife inherited the gold badge on my father's death.
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Thanks for all the information! Looks like I have the first and second variations.
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Old 28-04-15, 09:02 PM
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Here are a few more, collected today, amongst a large collection of Omani badges.

Badge at middle bottom, I think, is Sultan of Oman's Armoured Regiment.

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Any cloth badges?

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Just out of interest here is the badge & beret I wore for a short time in 1974 at Umm al Gwariff. I was serving with 48 Field Squadron R E (38 ENGR REGT) Ripon at the time and spent a lot of time on building the HORNBEAM LINE.
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Old 29-04-15, 09:50 AM
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Any cloth badges?

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Sorry Marc - not this time.

But I am on a promise for some at sometime later.

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Old 30-04-15, 12:32 PM
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Jerry - I am wondering if you were on secondment/loan service and a part of SAF or were you there with a British unit and part of the British army? I suppose the $64,000 question is did you get the British GSM or the Omani one?

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Just out of interest here is the badge & beret I wore for a short time in 1974 at Umm al Gwariff. I was serving with 48 Field Squadron R E (38 ENGR REGT) Ripon at the time and spent a lot of time on building the HORNBEAM LINE.
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Jerry - I am wondering if you were on secondment/loan service and a part of SAF or were you there with a British unit and part of the British army? I suppose the $64,000 question is did you get the British GSM or the Omani one?

Eddie
I was there with 48 Fd Sqn RE as a "specialist unit" and our main task was the Hornbeam line but we did depoly to other areas to carry out engineer tasks-well blasting, buildings, hearts & minds etc. I received the GSM with Dhofar clasp.
The beret was a secondhand one given to me to wear instead of the bush hat we were issued with when working with troops out of Umm al Gwariff.
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I have been scratching my head for a few months now trying to identify that badge and want to thank you for the wonderful information .

Along with the Khanjar & Swords badge there is what seems to be a matching breast badge in arabic. Can anyone tell me if this is also Omani?
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