The Military Heraldry Society is the club to join if your interest is military cloth badges - whether as collector or researcher. Formed in 1951 by serving army officers, its original brief was to ‘foster and encourage the study and collecting of cloth formation signs, shoulder titles and regimental flashes’ at a time when large numbers of these were being worn on the uniforms of British soldiers worldwide.
The Society’s members, scattered throughout the world, now have a wide variety of interests; First and Second World War cloth badges; the insignia of the Home Front in the Second World War; trade and proficiency badges and the cloth insignia of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Since the resurgence of cloth insignia in the first Gulf War, a new field has opened up as the British Army adopts new cloth badges; Tactical Recognition Flashes (TRFs) for regiments and brigade and divisional signs for higher formations. Even the shoulder title, worn throughout the Second World War and abolished in the late 1960s has made a comeback. Although our primary interest is in British material, overseas armies are not neglected - recent issues of our journal have covered insignia from the Spanish and French armies.
Whether you call them badges, insignia, flashes or patches – if it’s cloth and military our members are interested in it!
Although there are several local branches where members meet regularly to talk and trade, they mainly stay in touch through our quarterly journal, The Formation Sign. Published regularly from April 1951, since 2007 this has been produced in full colour, allowing lifelike reproduction of insignia. It features articles on all aspects of this fascinating hobby, many contributed by leading experts in their field. A popular feature is the ‘Can You Help’ column where members can submit unidentified badges for identification. A new feature is an occasional special issue to mark an anniversary – the 90th Birthday of the Royal Tank Regiment was marked by an issue dedicated to the insignia of armoured units whilst the 2008 issue commemorated 100 years of the Territorial Army. But the journal is only available to members…
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