badge, unit, shoulder title, British, Royal Armoured Corps, other ranks
Gilding metal shoulder title to the Royal Armoured Corps, being the serif letters RAC in a straight line, linked top and bottom. Captioned: Metal Shoulder Title. Two loops to reverse.
Box 3: Mounting card captioned "Royal Armoured Corps Other Ranks", on which 3 items (10033-10035). Evidence of three buttons being removed. Reverse plain.
The Royal Armoured Corps was formed in April 1939 to incorporate all the mechanized cavalry regiments and the Royal Tank Corps in one group, with the exception of The Household Cavalry.
This badge was adopted in 1941, the armoured fist representing the power of armour and the concentric barbed circles the manoeuvre capabilities of the armoured force.
As of 2005, the badge was not currently in wear, each armoured regiment having its own insignia. It has been worn by the RAC Junior Leaders, the RAC Parachute Squadron and the Special Reconnaissance Squadron RAC. It has sometimes been used by the Armour Centre for demonstrations.