eNewsletter September 2017

RAA Liaison Letter 2017 – Autumn Edition 3 Letters to the Editor RAA Stud Books & Lists Whilst researching a serving officer recently, I was dismayed to discover that the last time you published a list of the full-time officers of the Regiment was the Autumn Edition 2012. I cannot overemphasise the importance of regular lists of the officers and SNCOs of the Regiment because these represent a snapshot in time. With the demise of stud books in the 1980s and then annual printout lists in the 1990s, the only way that historians are able to track RAA officers quickly is through the RAALL’s periodic lists. In the really old days (even when stud books were still in existence), lists of appointments within units and then a general list by Military Districts and/or Commands to pick up the rest of the RAA officers were published in the liaison letters. Again, this has proven a worthy source of Who's Who within the RAA by years. Please, for the sake of preserving this aspect of the history of the Regiment, please reinstate the at least annual publication of lists of full-time officers and SNCOs of the RAA. Ubique Colonel Arthur Burke OAM (Retd) Queensland Member, History Sub Committee Editor For many readers, believe it or not, the lists were a highlight of the publication, especially the cohort groupings. Unfortunately I encountered two issues. Firstly I was advised by CA Artillery that he could no longer provide me with cohorts due to a complaint / redress by an officer (not RAA); and subsequently I was questioned about the security of listing the name and appointment of individuals in a widely distributed unclassified publication. It just simply became too hard in the ‘Modern Army’. I agree historians will come looking for this information in the future therefore we need to come up with other ways to preserve it. Colour Patch Confusion I'm sorry to trouble with this matter, however, it has been brought to my attention that there's a mistake regarding a particular Gunner colour patch in the below site: http://www.army.gov.au/~/media/Files/Arm y%20Dress%20Manual/UCP%20- %20ATY%20Series.pdf The patch in question that is incorrectly shown is that of 4th Regiment. As seen it shows the red section on the left and the blue section on the right, but this is how the patch is viewed when seen on the right-hand side of the hat's puggaree. The patch's 'leading edge' is the blue and when displayed on signage or on documents the blue is on THE right, which is the left as seen by the observer. Please find attached a piece on ‘The Leading Edge’ which I trust will fully explain the matter. All the Best Chris Jobson Author of Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery – Customs & Traditions THE LEADING EDGE There is great confusion with regard to the placement of the Australian National Flag (ANF) on dress, vehicles, aircraft, etc. When the ANF is worn on the right arm, or placed on the right (starboard) side of an aircraft, vessel or vehicle, etc, it is seen in the ‘reverse’; that is, the Flag’s canton (containing the Union Flag) is to the top right as seen by the observer. The same protocol applies with the Army’s Series 1 colour patches. The reasoning behind this is the “leading edge”. The position of prominence, as laid down in Heraldry Protocol, and which is internationally accepted, is to the left, as seen by the observer, or to the front (hence the term ‘leading edge’). For example, on Australian Defence aircraft the ANF, or the kangaroo, when displayed on the starboard side, is seen in ‘reverse’, with the Union Flag, or the kangaroo, facing towards the front of the aircraft (the same protocol is applied when the Flag or kangaroo is displayed on vehicles, sea vessels, etc). If the ANF is to be worn on the upper arm of the right sleeve the same principle is applied; that is the Flag is worn in ‘reverse’. The United States military, for example, wear the Stars & Stripes on the upper- right arm in the ‘reverse’ position; with the canton (the stars) to the right as seen by the observer. The same protocol is applied to all international airlines that display the relevant country’s national flag on their aircraft; the starboard-sides