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Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 17 May 2009 16:49

A look at the Regimental/Corps Badges of the Sri Lankan Army, which have made the News lately. Pictures from the Wikimedia. As to be noted there is a distinct British Influence.

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Badge of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC) raised in 1955. Motto: "Whither the fates call".

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Badge of the Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA), raised on 12 April 1888 as The Ceylon Artillery Volunteers.

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Badge of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE), raised in 1911 as The Ceylon Engineers.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 17 May 2009 16:52

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Sri Lanka Signals Corps (SLSC). Established on 19 October 1943. Motto: "Certa Cito" Latin - (Swift and Sure). Both the badge and the motto are based on those of the Royal Signals. The Royal Crown abowe the Hermes is replaced by a buddhist wheel.

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Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI), this is the oldest infantry regiment in the Sri Lanka Army raised on 1 April 1881 as the Ceylon Light Infantry Volunteers. HRH the Prince of Wales was in the same year made Honourary Colonel of the Regiment, hence the POW plumes in the Badge. Today the plumes are replaced by three sheaves of paddy but still arranged as the POW badge. The regimental Motto is "Ich Dien" Latin - (I serve). This is the motto of the Prince of Wales and the Wikipedia article is wrong it is not Latin but German.

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Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, a Rifle Regiment raised 1 October 1956. Motto: "Swift and Bold".
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 17 May 2009 16:55

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Gemunu Watch, an infantry unit raised 7 December 1972 and named after one of the most famous Lankan Kings, Dutthagamani. Motto: “Maniwatta Abhikkama”-Pali (Do not tarry, Go forward).

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Gajaba regiment raised 14 October 1983 by amalgamation of Rajarata Rifles och Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment. Motto: ‘Samagiya Shakthiyai' (Unity is Strength). Named after King Gajabahu I.

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Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, raised 1 December 1980 but amalgamated with the Rajarata Rifles as seen above. The VIR was reraised 15 November 1988. The regiment is named after King Vijayabâhu I.

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Commando Regiment, raised 1980. Motto: "Nothing is Impossible".
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 18 May 2009 10:18

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Badge of the Military Intelligence Corps, raised 1990.

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Badge of the Engineer Services Regiment, raised in January 1950.

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Badge of the Sri Lanka Army Service Corps, raised 30 October 1949.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 26 May 2009 13:40

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The President's Guard. This Unit was raised as recently as 30 October 2008.

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Badge of the Special Forces Regiment, raised in December 1986.

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The Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps, raised in 1881. The Badge is allmost identical to the one used by the Royal Army Medical Corps (of United Kingdom). Only the Shinalese Lion replacing the Royal Crown and the inscription on the Scroll differ.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 26 May 2009 13:47

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The Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps, raised on 29 March 1950. The Shield with three Guns and three Cannon Balls in chief are taken from those of the British Ordnance Office.

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The Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, raised 1 October 1951. The Pistols are perhaps borrowed from the Insignia of the US Army Military Police.

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The Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps, raised 14 December 1951.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby StarsAndStripes on 19 Feb 2011 19:52

These final three in particular seem to blatantly demonstrate the influence of the west. It would be fun to present these to people and do some kind of challenge.

"If you had to choose two countries that these military and political symbols come from what would they be?"

I bet you a fistful of quarters that not too many would venture out and say Sri Lanka. Great little online museum Tyska, this is very neat, I'm keen on it.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 20 Feb 2011 13:41

Yes there are a particular Western and then especialy British influence on these Badges. Apart form those highlighted by you StarsAndStripes, the Badges of the Sri lanka Artillery, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps and Sri Lanka Signals Corps are closely modelled on their Bitish counterparts as seen below:

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Badge of the Royal Artillery.

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Royal Army Medical Corps.

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Badge of the Royal Corps of Signals.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Tyskaorden2 on 20 Feb 2011 13:53

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Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps, raised on 1 September 1979. The Corps has one Regular Battalion (1st) and four Volunteer (reseve) Battalions 2nd (Volunteer) - 5th (Volunteer) Bns.

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Sri Lanka Rifles Corps (SLRC). This Volunteer (reserve) Regiment with two Battalions traces its history back to the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps raised in 1887 and disbanded in 1949. The cituation during the Civil War led the request of the planters of the Central Highlands for a recreation of the Unit which come about in 1984.

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Badge of the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps.
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Re: Sri Lanka Army Regimental/Corps Badges

Postby Merengues on 22 Aug 2011 16:41

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Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI). it is the oldest regiment in the Sri Lanka Army
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