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.


Images courtesy James Hebden

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