The black bat is the official symbol of the Military Intelligence of the Russian Army; Parachute is a symbol of readiness to fight in the air and on the ground – a means of troops delivery to the battlefield. White colour of the parachute symbolises purity of thoughts and faith in a just cause.
The pin badge is made of a goldish metal. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The lapel pin is to be fastened to the lapel of a full-dress uniform with a special clip called “butterfly fitting”. Thanks to the fine needle the fastening does not leave traces or pierces on clothes, does not damage the product.
The appearance of the bat symbol – a bat being a silent night inhabitant – was related to the inclusion of night flights on hang-gliders into the training programme of the special forces (Spetsnaz) of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the USSR.
The Air Forces of the UK and USA were the first ones who started using the image of a bat during World War II. Then it was also used by the US Marine Corps.
During World War II the image of bat became popular in the Air Forces of Canada and the South African Union. Ukraine and Belarus still use the “bat” on sleeve patches.
Lapel pin badges appeared under the reign of the Emperor Nicholas II when the miniature replicas of medals and orders were fastened to the tail coat or full-dress uniform. Such pins were primarily jewellery made of precious metals.
Today lapel pins are widely used as an element of corporate style. They can represent the company symbolism and be decorated with gems or commemorative dates.
Army lapel pins are attached to the lapel of full-dress uniform and define a serviceman’s belonging to a particular type of corps, or division.