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Army Ensign

[Canada - Military Flag]
by Graham Bartram

The Land Forces Command of the Canadian Armed Forces has a new badge and flag. More information can be found at
Chris Pinette - 16 April 1998

Canada has a new army flag (adopted 20 April 1998). It is white with NF in the canton. In the fly, there are two crossed swords (WY?), partially covered by a red maple leaf. Proportion 1:2, canton covers 25% of the flag area.
Jan Zrzavy - 20 April 1998

Canadian Mobile Forces (ie the Army) Camp Flag. This is a fairly recent change with a new badge in the fly. The new badge comprises crossed swords (with the same hilts as the CF badge) superimposed by a red maple leaf (a natural design with gold veins rather than the stylized national emblem). The flag is 1:2, white with the Canadian flag in the canton (quarter of the area) and the army badge centred in the fly.
Graham Bartram - 14 August 1999

Old Canadian Army Badge

[Old Canadian Army badge]
by Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins

The sprig of maple leaves is red; the swords gold; and the Crown is coloured as in the usual British/Commonwealth heraldic manner. Although Canadian Brigadiers continued to wear the Royal Crest as a cap badge right up until the unification of the 3 separate services, (i.e.., 1968), it is my understanding that the Canadian Army badge was "Canadianised" (ie., altered to that shown in the gif), as long ago as the late-1940s. As I think is obvious, the Canadian badge remains true to its origins, while nevertheless asserting a distinctive Canadian identity: the secret of a successful heraldic (re-?)design.

PS: Although the Canadian Army badge shown in the gif disappeared for a generation, I have noticed its (no doubt only quasi-official) revival on such things as the covers of certain Canadian Forces training manuals, which are aimed exclusively at soldiers.
Glen Robert-Grant Hodgins - 30 November 1998

Chief of the Army Staff

[Army Chief of Staff]
by Jaume Ollé