badge, formation, Indian, 17th Indian Division
- Catalogue number
- INS 7395
- whole: cloth
- whole: Height 53 mm, Width 50 mm
- Alternative names
- full name: badge, formation, Indian, 17th Indian Division
- simple name: badge, formation, Indian
- uniforms and insignia
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Second World War Indian Army formation badge for 17th Indian Infantry Division. The original formation badge featured a streak of lightning, but after the Japanese radio propagandist, Tokyo Rose, had called it 'the division whose sign is a yellow streak', and it had been driven out of Burma, the lucky black cat was adopted in 1943. Formation note: The Division was raised at Ahmednagar in 1941.It saw continuous action in Burma from January 1942 until the end of the war. It fought longer against the Japanese than any other division and was often referred to by its troops as 'God's Own Division'.
rectangular khaki-cloth patch (H 53 mm x W 50 mm) with black printed cat 'gardant' emblem.
Ref: TNA WO 203/1103 SEAC Formation signs
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