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Old 03-02-17, 03:08 PM
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Default NAAFI chief washer upper ??????

Wot on earth is this? Does the Naafi have its own fleet???
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Old 03-02-17, 03:53 PM
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My scant knowledge of this subject dates from the 1950's when I met a NAAFI Canteen Assistant in Devonport who had been aboard a ship on a trooping run to Korea. He told me that when NAAFI personnel were in a war zone they wore uniform so as not to be regarded as spies. On the strength of this, then perhaps the cap badge depicted here was for a NAAFI canteen manager afloat, possibly a senior one.
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My scant knowledge of this subject dates from the 1950's when I met a NAAFI Canteen Assistant in Devonport who had been aboard a ship on a trooping run to Korea. He told me that when NAAFI personnel were in a war zone they wore uniform so as not to be regarded as spies. On the strength of this, then perhaps the cap badge depicted here was for a NAAFI canteen manager afloat, possibly a senior one.
Thank you for adding this very interesting
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Old 03-02-17, 06:31 PM
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A very interesting badge that I have never seen before. Perhaps a NAAFI Admiral ???? I jest.

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This I believe is made by E C SNAITH and there are 2 types, a cap and a beret
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Old 03-02-17, 07:13 PM
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Does it say what they are ?
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Old 03-02-17, 07:55 PM
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Worn by senior NAAFI personnel of the Naval Canteen Service.
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Old 03-02-17, 07:57 PM
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Ahhhh now we're getting somewhere many thanks for that
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Default Battle for The Falklands, Max Hastings.

"But, even as Argonaut was fighting to save herself, the last air
attack of the day fell on Ardent, the 3,250-ton Type 21 frigate which
had been carrying out naval gunfire support in the southernmost
position of the naval screen. Two 1,000-pound bombs struck aft,
severing all her vital systems and slashing her wide open for the
next stick that followed, setting the entire after part of the ship on
fire, killing twenty-four men and wounding thirty. Despite a gallant
defence during which the NAAFI canteen manager continued
to fire a GP machine-gun after all the main armament had been
put out of action
, there was never the slightest possibility of saving
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Old 03-02-17, 08:38 PM
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I remember this being reported at the time and seeing the GPMGs being mounted on the rails of the ships.........it seemed surreal Britain had been preparing to fight a futur war, on the plains of Germany in NBC kit and here were scenes that could have come straight out of a Second World War black and white pathe news reel, firing small arms at low flying aircraft, must have been terrifying watching the bombs coming down and not being able to do anything about it.
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Just thought I'd drop a bit of a local hero in at this point, he fits this topic quite nicely:

https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.p...tem_type=topic

and again:

http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...ad.php?t=55800

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A fabulous story, I was taught at junior school in the 1970's, not sure young people would be aware of it today, and if I remember correctly the story retold recently for the big screen but with the US Navy providing the heroes.
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My scant knowledge of this subject dates from the 1950's when I met a NAAFI Canteen Assistant in Devonport who had been aboard a ship on a trooping run to Korea. He told me that when NAAFI personnel were in a war zone they wore uniform so as not to be regarded as spies. On the strength of this, then perhaps the cap badge depicted here was for a NAAFI canteen manager afloat, possibly a senior one.
All NAAFI personnel serving aboard ships are part of the Naval Canteen Service (NCS), they wear naval uniform at sea and have action stations.

NAAFI personnel also serve in the Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI), which provides NAAFI facilities in land war zones. EFI personnel are members of the RLC Army Reserve serving on special engagements, bear ranks and wear Army MTP combat uniform.
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Just thought I'd drop a bit of a local hero in at this point, he fits this topic quite nicely:

https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.p...tem_type=topic

and again:

http://www.britishbadgeforum.com/for...ad.php?t=55800

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That lad deserved a bar to his GM for the attempt to rescue his sister.
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