The badge. Badge worn on the upturned brim of the bush hat. Unit history: an earlier 6th Battalion, later 1/6th Battalion, had been formed in 1917 and disbanded in January 1919. A successor 6th Battalion KAR was formed in February 1919, becoming the 6th (Tanganyika Territory) Battalion in 1924. In October 1939 the Battalion was re-designated 1/6th Battalion when a duplicate unit, 2/6th, was formed. The Battalion was again re-designated as 6th (Tanganyika Territory) Battalion The King's African Rifles on 1st June 1943 following a re-numbering of the KAR battalions. The Battalion was initially part of 22nd (East Africa) Brigade and served in Italian Somaliland and Ethiopia / Abyssinia in 1941 and subsequently in Madagascar from June 1942 to the end of June 1944. While there, it transferred in late July 1943 to 27th (Northern Rhodesia) Brigade (itself re-designated 27th (East Africa) Brigade in April 1945) and returned with that Brigade to East Africa at the beginning of July 1944. For an outline history of the KAR, see INS 433.
Bibliographical sources. THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES. A Study in the Military History of East and Central Africa, 1890 –1945. Lt. Col. H. Moyse-Bartlett. Aldershot, Gale & Polden, 1956. A HISTORY OF THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES and East African Forces. Malcolm Page. Leo Cooper, 1998. http://www.regiments.org/regiments/africaeast/regts/kar.htm ORDERS OF BATTLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 –1945. Lt. Col. H. F. Joslen. London Stamp Exchange (reprint) 1990.