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On 13 Jan 42, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of the Combined Operations
Command, issued a general invitation for designs to be submitted for a
Combined Operations badge. On 19 Feb 42, from the many designs received, one
of several by Lt D A Grant, RNVR, was approved. In addition to his designs,
he provided notes relating to various images he thought suitable to
represent each of the three services. Lt. Grant was, at the time, stationed at HMS
Tormentor, a landing craft training base at Hamble, Southampton.
In 1992, Terry Carney of The Military Heraldry Society, undertook research
into the history of the Combined Operations badge and was given access to
the National Archive records. He carefully traced a photograph of the
original design and from it produced an enlarged drawing, from which the
above images were made. The tracing and drawings of these and other badges,
together with supporting narrative, formed the basis of an article he wrote
entitled 'The Combined Operations Badge, 1942-1946' which subsequently
appeared in 'The Formation Sign' - the journal of the Society. This article,
which includes the design and development of the badge, was later added to
this website (link below).
The badges, which are printed on A4 Buckram sheets are;
top left - the original design for the badge submitted by Lt. Grant.
In this version, the bird had the appearance of a seagull and the Tommy Gun
and bird faced in the opposite directions. In the final approved design,
the bird became an eagle and the bird and gun pointed in the same
direction in both right and left arm versions This badge would have been
worn on the right arm, above the cuff on the dark blue uniform of naval
top right – the light blue on white embroidered 'tombstone' version.
This badge would have been worn on the right arm, above the cuff on the
white uniform of naval ratings.
bottom - this uncut pair of badges, were intended for wear on both
arms of the battledress blouse. In each case, it was intended that the
Tommy gun should face forward.
Framed and hung, the sheets provide an attractive and unique display. In
addition to providing much needed funds for the Combined Operations Memorial,
the sets will serve as a tribute to the creative imagination of Lt. Grant.
Grateful thanks are due to Terry Carney for
the original idea to print these badges and for the preparation of the
design of the printed sheet and liaison with the printer.
around 300 books listed on
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