badge, formation, Australian, HQ 25th Australian Infantry Brigade, 13th Australian Infantry Brigade
Shoulder patch to HQ 25 Australian Infantry Brigade, being a grey disc onto which stitched centrally a light blue disc.
There is some doubt about the attribution of this badge. It appears in an official list of badges as assigned to 25th Brigade but no evidence has been found that the Brigade actually wore it. It is possible, if not probable, that in fact the badge was issued to AIF personnel serving with the CMF unit, HQ 13th Infantry Brigade (see Glyde 35/804).
A similar badge, with a smaller central blue circle and proportionately larger grey border (Glyde 36/827), was issued towards the end of 1940 in Australia to 25th Brigade HQ reinforcements and the Brigade Anti-Tank Company. This badge was superseded by a similar design with a red circle after arrival in the Middle East (Glyde 36/826).
The grey border indicates that the unit or formation was part of the 2nd AIF (Australian Imperial Force). (For an account of the complex subject of the grey border, see Glyde, pp. 226 – 228.)