Insignia of Armed Forces in WW2
March 26, 2008 7:10 PM   Subscribe

The Armed Forces of World War II, a flash presentation of rank insignia. The creator implies that it's a work in progress, but what I've clicked through seems pretty complete to me. Bonus Babylon 5 link on the left.
posted by adamdschneider (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Fascinating imagery, and clean and efficient interface to boot!
This makes me curious as to the history of military insignia-- how they've evolved over time, the chief cultural differences in color and shapes and sizes...
Can anyone point me in the direction of a concise text?
posted by Dizzy at 7:23 PM on March 26, 2008

I always wondered what the insignia for a WWII Japanese Army Superior Private Acting Corporal was. Neat, Thanks!
posted by Quonab at 8:02 PM on March 26, 2008

I'm not sure what the scope is, but every unit has its own badge of some sort, usually. Like the "big red 1". The Nazis took it to extremes. So my guess is yeah, probably not complete but got the main ones.
posted by stbalbach at 8:25 PM on March 26, 2008

The Nazis took it to extremes? Man, check out the royal navy.
posted by mattoxic at 8:38 PM on March 26, 2008

Yeah, I was about to mention the Greater Britain insignia; but I guess that might have something to do with the many independent-minded members of Greater Britain, vis a vis the flag.

I wonder why the British Lieutenant* Royal Navy Reserve - Electrical (hmm, that link isn't going to work) has a star of David on it?

* and why is it not leftenant?
posted by porpoise at 8:48 PM on March 26, 2008

Do the Dutch still have a rank called "Scout in the Night"? That is awesome.
posted by parmanparman at 8:58 PM on March 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

They do have that rank. It's better translation is Night Watchman
posted by parmanparman at 9:00 PM on March 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

I was surprised to see so many swastikas on Finnish insignia. I can't believe another country actually out-swastika'd Germany. (At least when it came to shoulderwear.)
posted by Ljubljana at 1:34 AM on March 27, 2008

I'm pretty sure the second GB Lance Corporal is wrong - isn't two stripes corporal?

porpoise, isn't it just pronounced leftenant?
posted by djgh at 6:55 AM on March 27, 2008

According to Army Air Corps Ranks, lance corporal is one stripe, corporal is two...
posted by Comrade_robot at 7:12 AM on March 27, 2008

Yeah, lieutenant is pronounced (but not spelled) "leftenant" in British English, just as colonel is pronounced (but not spelled) "kernel" in both British and American English.

Okay, I take that back. The Canadians also pronounce it leftenant. So I guess everyone except American English speakers from the former Empire do it.
posted by Lord Chancellor at 1:08 AM on March 28, 2008

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