Description: Barracks Patch – 8th/12th Medium Regiment – Current issue
Comments: Barracks Patch – 8th/12th Medium Regiment – Current issue. Complete with velcro backing. Different colour variation.
The 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, was formed at the Holsworthy Barracks on 16 November 1973 through amalgamation of the 8th Medium Regiment (RAA) and the 12th Field Regiment (RAA). The Regiment provides field artillery support to the 1st Brigade based in Darwin. It is currently equipped with 155mm M777 Howitzers.
The 8th Medium Regiment, known in the 1950s as the 19th Composite Regiment, was created in February 1968 to provide united administrative command of several independent artillery units in the Holsworthy Barracks area with a primary role to provide support to the School of Artillery. The 12th Field Regiment had been reformed at Holsworthy in April 1966, and its elements served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1971. Before relocating to Darwin, the regiment was stationed in Townsville (Queensland) and Ingleburn (New South Wales).
The three of the regiments current Gun batteries reflect their formation in Egypt as part of the First Australian Imperial Force 21st Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade which used 4.5-inch (110 mm) howitzers. The 101 and 103 batteries, including the 102 Battery, served in France, also as part of the 1st Division.