Over the years we have looked at quite a few badged CS95 shirts in both standard woodland DPM and desert DPM. I am very fond of these shirts, they are normally cheap, plentiful and offer a real variety of different insignia to collect. Looking forward, it would not surprise me if these start to inch up in desirability and price as time moves on- there are no more of them being produced anymore. Looking back at previous trends is not a great way to predict the future, but until thirty years ago collectors were not interested in badged battledress blouses from World War Two- indeed many examples were cut up to leave just the insignia to go in a collector’s scrap book. Today though, original badged battledress is highly prized and easily fetches twice what an un-badged example might. With this in mind, I suspect that going forward many collectors will find a new interest in CS95 clothing, especially if it is badged nicely and to one of the more desirable regiments or units.
Tonight’s example is a standard green DPM shirt:This example though is badged to the RAF Regiment and has a nice array of insignia. We have covered the shirt a number of times so tonight I am focussing on the badges. Above the breast pocket is a large ‘Royal Air Force’ tab:Whilst a semi-circular shoulder title is sewn to each shoulder, just below the seam:On the opposite sleeve is a tactical recognition flash:This is the insignia of No II Squadron, RAF Regiment. This unit can trace its history back to 1922, when it was No 2 Armoured Car Company, RAF. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall this unit has been very busy:
- OPERATION RESOLUTE – YUGOSLAVIA 1996
In July 1996 II Squadron assumed responsibility for the defence of divisional assets in the Former Yugoslavia Republic (FYR). During the deployment the Squadron expanded its role in the theatre.
- OPERATION HELVIN – ALBANIA 1997
In 1997 the stability of Albania was shattered by civil unrest. II Squadron was tasked to supply a flight, to extract British nationals from Tirano Airport.
- OPERATION BOLTON – KUWAIT 1998
Relieving 34 Squadron RAF Regiment in June 1998, II Squadron assumed responsibility for the defence of the RAF detachment at Ali Al Salem.
- OPERATION AGRICOLA – KOSOVO 1999
II Squadron secured Pristina airfield by actively patrolling the towns and villages surrounding it, controlling the main roads on the approach to the airfield and policing and controlling inter-racial factions.
- OPERATION MAIDENLY – SIERRA LEONE 2001
In June 2001, II Squadron was tasked to conduct an estimate of the defensive requirements in Sierra Leone for a Special Air Operations detachment.
- OPERATION SILKMAN – SIERRA LEONE 2001
II Squadron contributed to the ongoing public information and capability demonstration within Sierra Leone, designed to reassure the law abiding locals of the continuing UK commitment to ensuring the stability within the region.
- OPERATION RESINATE (SOUTH) – KUWAIT 2001
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron in Kuwait.
- OPERATION TELIC/ROW – IRAQ 2002
II Squadron deployed and found itself deployed across a 900 Km frontage in 3 countries: Jordan; Saudi Arabia; and the Iraqi Western Desert.
- OPERATION TELIC – IRAQ 2004
II Squadron was deployed in defence of Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION TELIC – IRAQ 2005
Once again II Squadron deployed as the Resident Field Squadron at Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2006
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Kandahar International Airport.
- OPERATION TELIC – IRAQ 2008
II Squadron deployed for its last time as the Resident Field Squadron at Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2010
II Squadron once again assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Kandahar International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2011
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Camp Bastion.
Here we can see an example of the II Squadron RAF Regiment TRF badge being worn by a parachutist: