WW2 rare Beja battle badge.
5th Hampshire / Royal Artillery. Aluminium shield with russet felt insert bearing “Beja” tablet and central Panzer tank pierced with Crusader sword. Original pin fitting to reverse. Worn on right sleeve or right breast pocket of battledress.
To mark the supreme courage of the Regiment following the heroic action of 155 Battery, together with 5th Hampshires, against German armour at Beja, North Africa, their CO Lt.Col. McN. Graham DSO designed this badge and had it made in Tunis. It is believed less than 200 of these rare badges were awarded to those who had actually taken part in the action.