Rank & Appointment Insignia

Chris Brooker's CEF Guide

Cap Badges


Corps & Services 1939-1945

Mounted Units 1939-1945

Collar Badges


 Metal Shoulder Titles

 Slip-On Shoulder Titles 

Buttons 1939-1945

Formation Patches
C.E.F. Troops  
1st Canadian Army

Canadian Military HQ

1st Canadian Corps

2nd Canadian Corps

Atlantic Command

Pacific Command

1st Canadian Division

2nd Canadian Division

3rd Canadian Division

4th Canadian Division

5th Canadian Division

6th Canadian Division

7th Canadian Division

8th Canadian Division

1st Armoured Brigade

2nd Armoured Brigade

3rd Armoured Brigade

Misc. & Foreign 1939-45  
Postwar .


Miscellaneous Insignia

Active Service Badges

Good Conduct Chevrons

Instructors Badges

Tank Badges
NCO Corps Badges
Service Chevrons
Wound Stripes
National Insignia

Special Distinctions


Tank Badges

The Tank Badge was to be worn on the left sleeve of uniform jackets and Battle Dress Blouses by men serving in Tank Regiments.  At the start of the Second World War, only four regiments were classified as Tank Regiments, and these units were considered Infantry.

As the war progressed, cavalry units and infantry units alike were converted to armour, with a distinction being made between Armoured Regiments, (generally equipped with Sherman or Ram tanks), and Tank Regiments, (generally equipped with the Churchill).

A tank badge had been authorized in 1938, and during the war it was ordered that all personnel of Army Tank Battalions, Canadian Armoured Corps Training Centres and Tank Regiments (Reserve Army) were to wear the tank badge on the right arm of "blouses and jackets". Commanding Officers of Armoured Regiments could also opt for their units to wear this badge.

The badge was issued in both melton and khaki drill form; often before affixing to the uniform, the backing was removed leaving only the tank design itself on the sleeve.

When formation patches were being adopted for the 5th Canadian (Armoured) Division, a proposal to wear the tank badge on the division patch was rejected (for more information, see Distinguishing Patches by Clive Law.) 

The 5th Canadian (Armoured) Division then rejected the use of the tank badge, since the regiments making up the armoured brigade were cavalry units, and the tank badge was originally a mark of an Infantry (Tank) battalion. 

The 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division, however, was made up of former infantry units and adopted the tank badge for wear on Battle Dress.

There were also two independent tank brigades; both wore the tank badge.


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Artifacts and image courtesy of Dwayne Hordij 1999-present