Description: Pacific Islands Regiment – Gilt hat/collar badge 1953 – 73
Maker’s Name: N/A
Comments: Pacific Islands Regiment – Gilt hat/collar badge 1953 – 73. Complete with 2 lugs. A mint condition example of a now a scarce badge.
The regiment is descended from the Australian Army infantry battalions formed from native soldiers and Australian officers and non-commissioned officers in the territories of Papua and New Guinea during World War II to help fight against the Japanese. Disbanded after the war, the regiment was re-raised in 1951 as part of the Australian Army and continued to serve until Papua New Guinea gained its independence in 1975, when it became part of the PNGDF.