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Cap Badges

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1920-1952

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Misc. & Foreign 1939-45  
Postwar .

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CAP BADGES OF THE CANADIAN ARMY
(Mounted Units)
1939-1945

In many ways, a cap badge was a soldier's most prized possession; in 1939 it was often the only identifying insignia a soldier wore.  Cap badges, like other metal insignia, were approved by General Order.   In the main, badges for Other Ranks were made of brass, though many units used copper or white metal instead.  Some badges were "battle bronzed", or coated with a dull brown finish.  Officers in some regiments wore the same badge as the men, though in many the pattern was similar but the badge was chromed or even purchased in sterling silver (some of which were polished, some were left oxidize and darken).  A few organizations had completely seperate patterns of badge for their officers.

Coloured cloth backings were often formally agreed on for cap badges, but not always seen in practice.  More information on cloth backings is given on the seperate pages for headdress.

Photo credits: Bill Ellis (BE), Dwayne Hordij (DH)

Regiment Badge Variations Notes
The British Columbia Dragoons capbcd.jpg (8980 bytes)
BE
1931 officer's issue
bcdoff.jpg (23769 bytes)
BE
 
8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars cap8h.jpg (6696 bytes)
BE
Variant with belted annulus.
8huo.jpg (6452 bytes)
BE
See commentary below.
8off.jpg (277369 bytes)
Badge and image courtesy Dwayne Hordij.

The badge at far right, above, was thought at first to be a post-war badge, but Dwayne Hordij passes on the following:

I thought that (this badge might be postwar)  too originally, as badges of that design are usually thought to be from the late 1940's early 1950's. The post war badges for that unit are  bi-metal. The badge (at right) was also bought from Chris Brooker....one which he described as the pattern introduced overseas circa 1943. It is all brass not bi-metal. Mazeas book on Canadian Insignia 1920-1950 has the General Order for the (bi-metal version of this) badge at 1950.....no mention is made of the all brass badge.  At right is a picture taken in 1945 of an officer of the unit .....look at the pattern of his badge!! True officers pattern badges can be slightly different, but for the most part are similar in design as other ranks.....perhaps made of different materials etc, but fundamentally similar.
                The badge (centre, above) with the buckle is very early war, and in all likelihood prewar. The buckle is a heraldic symbol and several units were told to remove it from their badges as they were not entitled to wear it ...take a look at the badges of the Cape Breton Highlanders, 48th Highlanders, Regt de Maissoneuve as other example where earlier badges had the buckle and were then removed. The non buckled version (above, left) of the 8th Hussars badge is extremely common......and apparently became the cap badge of the 2nd battalion when the overseas pattern was adopted.
               I can't prove any of this.......however the photographic evidence and research of Chris Brooker ( who isn't always right, but I would take his word over most any other) lends enough to the debate to suggest that it is a war time badge.

8i.jpg (73106 bytes)
April 1945, Holland
PAC photo 131033

15th Alberta Light Horse cap15.jpg (12272 bytes)
BE
   
1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment capkan.jpg (3663 bytes)
BE

These badges are extremely rare; Bill Ellis tells us that many restrikes are out there, and suspects his badge, at left, to be a restrike despite purchasing it as "original."
First Hussars cap1.jpg (14803 bytes)
BE
cap1v.jpg (13762 bytes)
BE
 
The Fort Garry Horse capfgh.jpg (13355 bytes)
BE
(Officer's badge)
fghoff.jpg (277369 bytes)
DH
 
14th Canadian Hussars
(This regiment mobilized the VIII Reconaissance Regiment)
14hussor.jpg (9122 bytes)
BE
(VIII Recce Regiment badge)
capviii.jpg (10626 bytes)
BE
(Officer's badge)
cap14off.jpg (12278 bytes)
BE
14th Canadian Light Horse cap14clh.jpg (11959 bytes)
BE
   
4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards cappldg.jpg (11682 bytes)
BE
(Small " IV " version badge)
cappldg1.jpg (11579 bytes)
BE
 
The Governor General's Horse Guards capgghg.jpg (12766 bytes)
BE
Embroidered Officers' badge
gghgoff.jpg (299241 bytes)
DH
 
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) capldsh.jpg (54568 bytes) Silver
ldshoff.jpg (42113 bytes)
DH
 
Manitoba Mounted Rifles capman.jpg (13819 bytes)
BE
(First Battalion variant)
1mmr.jpg (15510 bytes)
BE
 
19th Alberta Dragoons cap19.jpg (5814 bytes)
BE
   
The Prince Edward Island Light Horse cappei.jpg (11513 bytes)
BE
cappei4.jpg (15622 bytes)
BE
 
The Royal Canadian Dragoons caprcd.jpg (17539 bytes)    
2nd Armoured Car Regiment cap2ac.jpg (13975 bytes)
BE
It is possible that officers wore silver plated versions of this badge.  
2nd/10th Dragoons cap210.jpg (7630 bytes)
BE
Officers' badge
210o.jpg (24489 bytes)
BE
 
17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars cap17d.jpg (82376 bytes) Officers' badge
17off.jpg (52419 bytes)
DH
peih.jpg (37415 bytes)
BE
7th/11th Hussars cap711.jpg (15157 bytes)
   
16th/22nd Saskatchewan Horse cap1622.jpg (11987 bytes)
BE
(Non voided variant)
1622v.jpg (11403 bytes)
BE
 
6th Duke of Connaught's Royal Canadian Hussars (Armoured Car) cap6hus.jpg (46461 bytes)    
12th Manitoba Dragoons cap12d.jpg (58088 bytes)    

 


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