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image 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, partially covered by
a red maple leaf. Proportion 1:2, canton covers 25% of the flag area.
Jan Zrzavy, 20 April 1998
Upon the unification of the three branches of the Canadian military into the
Canadian Forces in 1968, all her strike 'bomber' aircraft (the CF-104
Starfighter, no less) were transferred from the air force (which became the Air
Defence Command) to the land army (which became the Mobile Command). Obviously
this awkward marriage of ground troops and supersonic jets did not last long,
and the Mobile Command gave up all its aircraft to the Air Defence Command
(hereafter the Air Command) in 1975. The Mobile Command was renamed the Force
Mobile Command, without changing its symbol, and unofficially referred to as the
'Canadian Army', a reality finally acknowledged in 1997 when it was again
renamed the Land Force Command.
Miles Li, 3 July 2009
Canadian Mobile Forces (i.e., 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
image by Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins
TThe 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" (i.e., 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 image 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
image by Jaume Ollé
located by T.F. Mills, 27 May 2015
The 1st Canadian Army had a car flag for its commander and staff, which
clearly served as the inspiration for the later Chief of the Army Staff. The
red-black-red scheme was, in turn, clearly derived from the (British) Indian
Army pre-war higher formations.
T.F. Mills, 27 May 2015