The Army Museum is home to one of the most extensive military badge collections in the region. Badges serve a very important purpose and are worn with pride by soldiers.
Military badges serve a vital role in times of conflict. In the heat of battle, when basic communication might be difficult, a badge worn in a conspicuous part of the uniform such as the shoulder, helps to identity members of a particular military unit.
In the First World War, Canada raised 260 infantry battalions (as well as other units), each with their own unique military badge to identify themselves. The Army Museum has assembled 257 of the original 260 infantry battalion badges (as well as badges of other units). All of these badges are an important and lasting document of Canada’s infantry.
Examples of our badge collection are always on public display. To view any special collection in its entirety, we ask that you contact the Army Museum in advance to book a private appointment with the curator or a member of the museum staff. If you are unable to visit us in person, you may explore our collection online with NovaMuse.