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FICTIVE RANK INSIGNIA Pandorum (movie) (7)
Very nice find. Is that from I know I found similar pictures, but the ranks weren't as visible....
SFMRAS > 24-May-2016 19:11:24

EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Spain: Army Rank Insignia 1908 (19)
Former ratings insignia of the Navy...
JMRamos > 19-May-2016 15:48:19

AMERICA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA New-Old General's rank insignia (20)
I also agree that in the presence of the scarlet and bullion gorget patches and the formal forage cap with scarlet band and bullion peak, the old-style gold cuff bands really do look rather superfluous for Army general officers. I still have a sneaking suspicion that it's an attempt to maintain parity with the markings on the equivalent general officer ASU of the US Army...! I've been playing with some general officer variants on the embroidered cuff-bands from the GG ceremonial uniforms that I thought might work better than the glaring big gold rings. I started with GG bands as the base idea and then looked for obvious variations: -- The first version uses the crossed-sabre-and-baton emblem of the general officers in place of the Crest from the Arms of Canada, as used by the GG. The band would still be black but would have scarlet and gold roped edging (as against all gold for the GG) and between each sabre-and-baton would be a small oak leaf and acorn motif, to echo the gorget patches. -- The second version just has continuous oak leaves and acorns (somewhat like the cuffs of the blue mess less for US Army generals), again on black with scarlet and gold roped edging. -- The third was the same but on scarlet to match the gorgets and without any edging. There are other obvious possibilities, such as using alternating sabre/baton and small oak leaves on plain scarlet. I also thought about how the GG version might be updated (a) to make it fit in a sequence with any new bands for Army generals and (b) to allow it to be translated without difficulty to the RCN and RCAF uniforms, although the other option would be to have specific RCN and RCAF versions of the insignia, to take account of the recent changes. For example, the RCN version could be on a gold band and the RCAF version on a pearl grey band. I'll post pics when I have finished them....
Medic_in_Uniform > 15-May-2016 16:16:15

AMERICA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Specialty marks on Army Chevrons (1947) (2)
William Emerson also touched on some of the issues behind this in his article about 1948-pattern chevrons here (PDF link): With Army branch insignia worn as brass on collars, and so on, adding the branch insignia to the existing chevron rank insignia would seem to have been largely redundant, unless the intention was also to standardise to generic pins for all grades of enlisted soldiers and to have specialty marks only appearing on the grade insignia, thus simplifying the rest of the badges and therefore offset some of the cost. Bear in mind that enlisted collar brass at the time was broadly "regimental" based on assignment (and often incorporating unit numbers and letters in earlier times), so a cook and a clerk/typist in an infantry unit would wear the same brass as a rifleman. Medical personnel were an exception. The other interesting thing about that excerpt from the Army Information Digest is that the previous page displays the then "new" (1947-pattern) Warrant Officer insignia, which were approved but, ultimately, never implemented. Yes, the Institute of Heraldry website has illustrated those insignia for a long time, but without noting that they would have been worn oriented 90 degrees from lieutenants/captains bars. Justin...
J.T. Broderick > 14-May-2016 22:23:14