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Old 19-07-12, 09:10 PM
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Can any member identify this cloth badge about 70mm in diameter featuring UK tri-service colours an Army Air Corps style eagle and images of an elephant, snake and an "eye".

Possibly some kind of airborne surveillance unit??

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Old 20-07-12, 06:43 AM
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It seems to be a sort of heraldic mixed metaphor dreamed up by some under-employed Imagery Analysts to me, possibly in the Counter-IED role? The eye is the Eye of Horus, ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and the elephant's head features (or used to feature) as the battery badge of 137 (Java) Bty RA. But a snake...? Could the eagle be an interpretation of the 16 Air Asslt Bde bird rather than that of the AAC?
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It seems to be a sort of heraldic mixed metaphor dreamed up by some under-employed Imagery Analysts to me, possibly in the Counter-IED role? The eye is the Eye of Horus, ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and the elephant's head features (or used to feature) as the battery badge of 137 (Java) Bty RA. But a snake...? Could the eagle be an interpretation of the 16 Air Asslt Bde bird rather than that of the AAC?
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Yes looking that way and it is more like the 16 Air Assault Brigade eagle - I have handled the badge - it exists! Perhaps connected with UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

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Bumping up!

Any other ideas please?

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The most striking feature is the joint service colours. Then the symbols seem to represent intelligence across the globe. Eye of horus explained; memory of an elephant and as quick as a snake. The hawk is the symbol of RAF Brampton. Put those together and it could well be a unit within JARIC such as the National Imagery Exploitation Centre. It could also be the joint service UAV (Reaper) pilots (39 Sqn RAF) operating in theatre. Another possibility is a FAC patch previously unseen.

It could be none of those but it makes a good guessing game
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JARIC's symbol WAS actually the face of a Lynx; but like so much now its original badges have been swallowed up by Joint Force Command with original insignia forbidden on public facing media. I'm being necessarily cryptic. I've not seen this badge anywhere yet but may ask around.
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Old 26-07-12, 10:58 AM
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Herewith the late, lamented Lynx:
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Thanks to all for the info so far. The badge belongs to a fellow member of the B&CMBF who has put enquiries in hand on other forums. We may yet discover the identity!

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It is very similar to other National Afghan Army badges.

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raf nimrod pilot ,observer etc , but the triangle is more widely used in masonic emblems , so are the eagle and the eye

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It is very similar to other National Afghan Army badges.

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It was removed [by me] from a British Desert DPM shirt last year.

The image has also been circulated amongst the 'Chute & Dagger' members to no avail.

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TBH in theatre you can have most anything made up, and I have badges worn and bought in the 'ghan I have no idea what they are, Sadly.
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It is still a similar design to many of the NAA badges.

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Can any member identify this cloth badge about 70mm in diameter featuring UK tri-service colours an Army Air Corps style eagle and images of an elephant, snake and an "eye".

Possibly some kind of airborne surveillance unit??

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I can confirm this patch as being 904 EAW. It included 47 Sqn RAF.
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