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Battleground: Patches – Military Uniform Insignia

Date Apr 7, 2008 - Jan 20, 2009
Curated by Max Allen

Exhibition Overview

Soldiers wear patches on their uniforms to identify their fighting units. These woven and embroidered insignia are often beautifully designed and reflect each unit’s specialty and battlefield history. Some of the patches, with their drawings of weaponry, are a key image-source for the Afghan weavers, and can be seen in the war rugs exhibited in Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. In addition there are unofficial “off-duty” patches that brag about military prowess or express a loathing for the enemy, offering an insight into the mindset of soldiers on the ground.

Additional Information

Related Exhibitions:
Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan

Battleground: The Kandahar Journals of Richard Johnson
Military patch, Russia, 1991-2007, L 8.5 cm x W 8.5 cm, L2008.A03
Military patch, Russia, 1980-2007, L 7 cm x W 10 cm, L2008.A06
Military patch, USA, 2001-2007, L 12.5 cm x W 13 cm, L2008.B01
Military patch, USA, 2001-2007, L 10 cm x W 10 cm, L2008.B04
Military patch, USA, 2001-2007, L 14 cm x W 14.5 cm, L2008.B05
Military patch, USA, 1990-1992, L 11 cm x W 12.5 cm, L2008.B09