The shell and flame insignia for the US Army Ordnance Branch is the oldest branch insignia in the US Army. This insignia was also used for the Women Ordnance Workers during World War II, and appeared on the bandanas worn by many workers.
The sticker is printed in the US on thick, durable vinyl with a UV laminate that protects it from scratching, rain, and sunlight.
Sticker measures approximately 1-3/4" x 3".
You can read more about the history of the insignia and the Women Ordance Worker branch of the Ordnance Department here.
"The insignia represents not a bomb, but an iron hand grenade with a powder charge and a fuse which had to be lit before throwing.
The Shell and Flame is considered the oldest branch insignia in the U.S. Army. The use of the Shell and Flame by the Ordnance Branch dates back to 1832. It was also used by the Artillery Branch until 1834 when the Artillery branch adopted the crossed-cannons as its branch insignia.
The Shell and Flame continued to be used by a wide variety of Army organizations, not just the Ordnance branch until 1851 when the new 1851 Uniform Regulations dictated the Ordnance Branch would be the sole users of the Shell and Flame."
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