1st Canadian Tank Brigade Formation Insignia
Soldiers of the First Canadian Tank Brigade
(later redesignated Armoured Brigade) wore a Ram badge on the upper left sleeve
of Service Dress and Battle Dress uniforms. The badges don't appear
to have been worn overseas.1
titles were worn, probably from mid 1941 when the rest of the Army was designing and
adopting similar titles. The Tank Badge (described elsewhere) was worn on the right
sleeve of Battle Dress and Service Dress.
The diamond shaped formation patches were adopted in late
1942. Some units seem to have worn them in conjunction with the Canadian Armoured
Corps title on the upper sleeve, others with a plain CANADA title.2
Photo courtesy Bill Alexander
For further information, see the book
DISTINGUISHING PATCHES by Clive M. Law, published by Service Publications.
Artifacts and images courtesy Bill Alexander.
Artifacts and photo courtesy Dwayne Hordij
The three tank/armoured regiments also used
Formation patches with their unit designations on them for identification. A second
method of identification was the standard regimental shoulder title.
Dwayne Hordij notes: "The 12 CTR appear
to have tried an artillery style slip on patch...don't know if it was worn. The CTR
patches are what was most commonly worn in italy....CAR patches might have been worn late
in the Italy campaign (unsure). The 14 RCAR patch is definately 1945-1946......doubt it
was ever worn."
Photos and artifacts in left column courtesy
Bill Alexander, in right column courtesy Dwayne Hordij.
Armlet photo and artifact courtesy Dwayne
Law, Clive M.
Distinguishing Patches: Formation Patches of the Canadian Army (2nd
Ed.) Service Publications, Ottawa, ON, 2008 ISBN 978-1-894581-50-9
Falconer, D.W. Battery
Flashes of W.W. II (D.W. Falconer, 1985) ISBN 0-9691865-0-9