We have looked at a few different examples of divisional patches on the blog over the years. Tonight we have a nice uncut pair of badges for XXX Corps:These badges are printed onto white cotton, note the small dots indicating where to fold and tuck the edges under when sewing them to a battledress. These were issued in facing pairs, so that the badge faced forward on both sleeves. XXX Corps chose a leaping wild boar as their badge, in black on a white circle on a black square. Examples can be found either embroidered on felt or printed onto cotton like this example. This was a much cheaper and easier way of producing these badges, turning the badges over we can see how the design has bled through from the front:XXX Corps were heavily involved in several hard fought campaigns throughout WW2, with service in North Africa in 1942, Tunisia and Sicily in 1943 and Normandy, Holland and Germany from June 1944 onwards. They saw service during Operation market Garden and were commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Brian Horrocks for much of the Western European campaign.
The troops of the Corps seem to have regarded their boar badge with some affection, and when a memorial to those who had died in the corps was unveiled in Nienburg, Germany, it took the form of a large boar:A contemporary account recorded:
On December 15th on the eve of his relinquishing command of the Corps, Lieut. General Horrocks ceremonially unveiled in a square in Nienburg, the bronze boar acquired by Rear Corps at the time of the Rhine crossing. It had been mounted on a stone plinth, made by Corps RE, the design of which had been the subject of a competition, on which were engraved the battle honours 30 Corps in both the Mediterranean and European theatres together with the emblems of First Canadian Army, Second British Army and 21 Army Group.
Symbolically it was excellent in that it effectively portrayed the end of the 30 Corps war effort with the famous boar no longer rampant but at rest after his labours and his long journey along Club Route.