What are these badges?

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by 8RB, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    I recently bought a nice group of items, including a Rifle Brigade side cap. Now wondering what the other (military?) badges are. I do recognize the Afrikakorps cuff title, and British navy badges (what are they?), but what about the other two? For those interested, I have also attached a photo of the boy scout badges and other items which were part of the group.
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  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    The RN badges are those for a Petty Officer worn on left upper arm.

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  3. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    WW2 I suppose? And what sort of role or responsibility or unit would he have got?
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  4. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    Can't claim any real knowledge but I believe a PO could be equated to a Sergeant, being the first senior NCO rank (I bet the Navy doesn't call it that, apologies if not). How close a comparison can be made is perhaps debatable, given the differing unit organisations between the services? I should think plenty on here will know, of course.

    There's a handy explanation of Royal Navy ranks, etc., as of June 1942 on navalhistory.net here.

    Cheers, Pat.
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  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Probably WW2 or thereabouts as they have a King's Crown as opposed to the Queen's Crown on more modern ones. The Petty Officer's specialisation was shown on his right upper arm Gunnery, Signals, Writer, Cook, Stoker etc. Pat is right that the rank equates to Sergeant. Responsibility would vary considerably much as in the Army where a Sergeant could be Infantry, Tank Corps, RE, RASC, Pay Corps etc.

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  6. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    You could try a military badge forum, these folk are very good.
  7. Giberville

    Giberville Junior Member

    The shoulder board with the crossed anchors is German coastal artillery (Marineartillerie). Not sure about the 8 added to it though...could be added later...?
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  8. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    I spent ages Googling that, to no avail at all! :D Thanks, Giberville. So, what about the shield-and-cross with HT (or, TH)?

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