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


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

Regimental shoulder 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

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Photo courtesy Bill Alexander

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For further information, see the book DISTINGUISHING PATCHES by Clive M. Law, published by Service Publications.

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Artifacts and images courtesy Bill Alexander.

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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.

11th Canadian Army Tank Regiment (Ontario Regiment)

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12th Canadian Army Tank Regiment (Three Rivers Regiment)
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14th Canadian Army Tank Regiment (Calgary Regiment)
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Armlet photo and artifact courtesy Dwayne Hordij.


  1. Law, Clive M. Distinguishing Patches: Formation Patches of the Canadian Army (2nd Ed.) Service Publications, Ottawa, ON, 2008 ISBN 978-1-894581-50-9

  2. Falconer, D.W. Battery Flashes of W.W. II (D.W. Falconer, 1985) ISBN 0-9691865-0-9 1999-present