Wall plaque Joint Task Force 633 Middle East : Bessie Bardot

Accession Number REL33796
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Enamel, Pewter, Wood
Maker Military Shop
Place made Australia
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Wooden plaque with pewter emblem of a large scorpion with a red and blue enameled Australian flag in the background. Around this emblem is stamped 'JOINT TASK FORCE 633 MIDDLE EAST'. On the bottom of the plaque is a rectangular piece of pewter with 'PRESENTED TO BESSIE BARDOT / TOUR DE FORCE 2004' hand etched into it.

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.