British WW2 Royal Navy / Royal Marines Combined Operations Badge

A British WW2 Royal Navy / Royal Marines Combined Operations badge, tombstone shaped badge machine embroiderd in red thread on dark blue woollen backing. The insignia was worn by Royal Navy Commandos such as Combined Operation Pilotage Parties (COPPs), Obstacle clearance Units (LCOCU), Royal Navy Parachutist and Forward Observation Bombardment Units (FOBs). The insignia has no damage or repairs in good condition.


Product ID: 12250


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Combined Operations Badge

Lt. D. A. Grant, who created the Combined Ops badge, could not have predicted how popular it would become or how long it would last.

The ‘Design’ Challenge of Mountbatten

The Combined Operations Command’s Chief, Lord Louis Mountbatten, solicited drawings for a badge to represent the Command on January 13, 1942. One of the designs submitted by Lt. D. A. Grant, RNVR, of HMS Tormentor, a landing craft training centre in the south of England, stood out above the numerous others in the open competition.

Lt Grant included a variety of symbols in his proposal that may be used to symbolise each of the three services. Here are the symbols: Navy: ship, naval crown, and fouled anchor

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