This is one of a series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of badges seen on Australian Imperial Force uniforms. It does not cover unofficial unit badges, or qualification or proficiency badges. These may be covered at a later date.
RISING SUN BADGE, 'AUSTRALIA' & UNIT TITLES
Australia, unlike most other Commonwealth countries, did not adopt metal regimental badges during the First World War. All units were issued with the Australian Army General Service Badge, better known as the ‘The Rising Sun’ badge. The badge was already in use before the war, this version having been approved in 1904, but became so widely known during the First World War and into the Second, that it is now almost always identified with the First and Second AIF. After the Second World War, a new version of the Rising Sun badge was approved in 1949.