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by Graham Bartram
The Land Forces Command of the Canadian Armed Forces has a new badge and
flag. More information can be found at
Chris Pinette - 16 April 1998
Canada has a new army flag (adopted 20 April 1998). It is white with NF in
the canton. In the fly, there are two crossed swords (WY?), partially covered by
a red maple leaf. Proportion 1:2, canton covers 25% of the flag area.
Jan Zrzavy - 20 April 1998
Canadian Mobile Forces (ie the Army) Camp Flag. This is a fairly recent
change with a new badge in the fly. The new badge comprises crossed swords (with
the same hilts as the CF badge) superimposed by a red maple leaf (a natural
design with gold veins rather than the stylized national emblem). The flag is
1:2, white with the Canadian flag in the canton (quarter of the area) and the
army badge centred in the fly.
Graham Bartram - 14 August 1999
by Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins
The sprig of maple leaves is red; the swords gold; and the Crown is coloured as in the usual British/Commonwealth heraldic manner. Although Canadian Brigadiers continued to wear the Royal Crest as a cap badge right up until the unification of the 3 separate services, (i.e.., 1968), it is my understanding that the Canadian Army badge was "Canadianised" (ie., altered to that shown in the gif), as long ago as the late-1940s. As I think is obvious, the Canadian badge remains true to its origins, while nevertheless asserting a distinctive Canadian identity: the secret of a successful heraldic (re-?)design.
PS: Although the Canadian Army badge shown in the gif disappeared for a
generation, I have noticed its (no doubt only quasi-official) revival on such
things as the covers of certain Canadian Forces training manuals, which are
aimed exclusively at soldiers.
Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins - 30 November 1998
by Jaume Ollé