DPDU brassard with Tour de Force 2 cloth patch : Bessie Bardot

Accession Number REL33794
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Embroidery cotton thread
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Australian Defence Force issue Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniform (DPDU) brassard with a full colour circular shaped Tour De Force 2 cloth patch.

History / Summary

In September 2004 'Tour de Force II' was formed consisting of Australian performers, artists and celebrities. Their role was to entertain and raise morale amongst Australian Defence Force troops deployed to Iraq and the Northern Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst. Tour De Force II consisted of rock music group ‘The Choirboys’, comedian George Smilovich, singer/songwriter Drew McAlister and entertainer, model and author Bessie Bardot. While on tour, the entertainers were supported by a contingent of 18 members from the Royal Australian Air Force Central Band. The purpose of brassards are to temporarily assign a rank, identifiying mark or status to the wearer. As most of the performers in the Tour De Force 2 were not Australian Defence Force personnel, brassards were issued to them, to be worn over the right upper sleeve of the issued cotton denim shirts when required.