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The Political Warfare Executive cloth patch

 Format Description: 

 The head of a Peewit (lapwing), in black and white, on a blue diamond with a narrow red inner border.

Second World War British Army unit badge for the Political Warfare Executive Middle East Forces ('Peewee'),

embroidered on felt,  H 3.4in x W 1.7in.

The badge's emblem was a visual pun on the initials 'P W E'.

The organisation was an off-shoot of the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office and was primarily responsible for propaganda in the field by radio, leaflets, and other means.


Indian Field Broadcasting Units were formed by the Intelligence Branch of G.H.Q 14TH Army

in February 1943. Prior to the monsoon of that year experimental I.F.B.U. had seen service in the Arakan.

The experiment was successful and during the operations in 1943-44, five I.F.B.U.'s were employed on the

14th Army Front.  


IFBUs were propaganda units and were employed against enemy and inhabitants of Enemy Occupied Territories.

During their short existence they met with considerable success, and on three occasion during the Japannese attack

on the Imphal Plain (April - July 1944) they were successful in making the Japs show the white flag.


The Badge was a deer's head in yellow with black eyes and outlines set on a dark blue circular background.





Army Film and Photogrpahic Units wore the appropriate badge of a cameras, in white, flanked by the initial

letters 'A.F.P.U.' in red, set agaisnt letters set against black background.  This service was established

under the control of the Director of Public Relations at the War Office, and sections served in all overseas theatres,

whilst an Army Film and Photgraphic Centre was formed in the UK.            


Overseas sections comprised operational cameramen, developers, camera mechanics and administrative personnel. 

The sections were responsible for filming the batle sequences from which the Home Centre made the films 'Desert Victory',

'Tunisian Victory', 'True Glory'. 'Burma Victory', and many other official documentary / propaganda films. 




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