Beja Battle Badge

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  1. 52nd Airborne

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    "Among the many hundreds of badges and devices worn by the various regiments of the British Army throughout the different periods of their respective histories, there are very few badges, official or unofficial, which were created and worn to commemorate a particular regiment's achievements in one specific battle, although of course many badges proudly bear battle honours so heroically won in the past. One such unofficial badge which was so created and which is not widely known to exist by many collectors of militaria or which has often been wrongly identified, is the Beja Battle Badge of 172nd Field Regiment R.A. Behind the creation of this badge is a story of courage, heroism self-sacrifice and devotion to duty which compares with anything in the history of the Royal Regiment or indeed I venture to suggest with anything in the history of the British Army.

    However the pride of the C.O. of 172nd Field Regiment R.A., in the achievement of his men in their baptism of fire was such that he felt that all those who had been actively involved in the destruction of the German tank force should receive some recognition for their courage and bravery. Thus he personally designed and subsequently had made by Arab craftsmen in Tunis, a badge to commemorate the battle. It was awarded mainly to those members of the Regiment who were in the gun crews, Command Posts and Observation Posts at the time of the battle. The exact number of badges awarded is uncertain but it was less than two hundred although it is known that a few at least were also probably bought from the makers by members of the 5th Hampshire's.

    The badge itself is stamped out in white metal in the shape of a shield with a raised edge. The centre is covered with a dark red felt and mounted on it in white metal is a Tiger tank pierced by Crusader's sword (the sign of the First Army) and small plate bearing the single word 'BEJA'. The badge measures 2 inches by 2¾ inches and has a pin brooch fastening on the back.
    The badge was worn without too much regimentation either above the right breast pocket of the Battle Dress Blouse or on the right sleeve below the badge of the 46th Division. Thus it is that this little known badge has a small but nonetheless important part in the history of the badges and insignia of the Royal Regiment of Artillery".

    Has anyone seen or heard of the badge before?
     
  2. Owen

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  3. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    Neither am I and that's where I saw it!
     
  4. Owen

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  5. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    cheers moosh!
     
  6. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

  7. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    And here's the colour one!!! Beja%20badge.jpg all I need to do now is get my grubby little hands on one!! The search is on!!
     
  8. Owen

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  9. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    I forgot to post this but, I'm now a proud owner of a Beja Battle Badge.

    Yours still chuffed to bits
     
  10. Owen

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    how much?
     
  11. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    Don't ask! But I didn't pay the price that the dealer was after!
     
  12. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher Patron

    I saw one of these rare badges at the Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum in Winchester. :) Here's how they display it ... although it does make it seem like they are not being accurate about why the badge was created?

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