Mailed Fist

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  1. I was watching the program about the Welsh Cavalry training for Iraq, and I noticed they wear the mailed fist badge. I still have my Dad's badges from WW2, when he was in HQ 20 Armoured Brigade.

    What units or formation wears the bagge now ??

    Nice to see the badge still worn, like the Desert Rats
  2. I thought that the "Mailed Fist " was the 'Badge' of the Royal Armourd Corps.
    Remember as a kid my older brother had one that he got off a mate doing National Service with 14/20 (Screaming Chickens).
    I think the mate received it when doing basic training at RAC centre.
  3. The fist still is 20 Armoured Brigade.
  4. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    ISTR the mailed fist was introduced during WW2 to be worn by units which had converted to tanks (e.g. from infantry) and were styled Regiments, RAC. They didn't wear the RTR badges because they weren't RTR and neither were they cavalry.

    Continued to be worn by the RAC Para Sqn until its disbandment in 1976.
  5. And by the Hitler Youth at Bovvy for years
  6. If I remember rightly it was for the 11th division
  7. White mailed fist on a blue field - still in use. Started off as a TA formation in WW2
  8. It came under the 6th Division which had the mailed fist on a black background, 20 Bde then adopted it when 6 Div was disbanded but changed the black background for a blue on.

    Wiki 20 Bde