Royal New Zealand Artillery cravat

RNZA cravat with jungle greens

Good example of the black cravat or scarf worn by members of 161 Battery RNZA in Vietnam. Embroidered with a fern-leaf, the scarves were adopted as a way of distinguishing the New Zealand battery from other foreign units serving in Vietnam.

Similar black scarves were worn by soldiers of Victor 1 Company and Victor 2 Company RNZIR. They featured a small kiwi motif and were used as a formal dress item and on operations to distinguish both Victor companies from the Australian troops they served with.

This particular example has been kindly gifted by Mr Ken Ford.

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Images courtesy James Hebden

How to cite this page: 'Royal New Zealand Artillery cravat', URL: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/photo/royal-new-zealand-artillery-cravat, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 28-Apr-2011