WW2 British Combined Operations Badge

A WW2 British Combined Operations Badge embroidered with red thread on dark blue wool backing circular shaped.  This badge was worn by a No 9 Commando guard of honour when part of No 2 Commando Brigade HQ in the Mediterranean Theatre in 1945.  The No 9 Commando title was red lettering on dark blue above the Combined Operations badge which was the original red embroidered on a dark blue circle.   The badge has no damage or holes in good condition.

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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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