Cap Badge 1980 - Present (2015)
[Colin Hodgkins collection ZIM 0003]
Left is an example Rhodesian Corps of Signals badge with Zimbabwean soapstone bird I bought before I knew the difference.
[Colin Hodgkins collection RHO 0007]
The Zimbabwe Corps of Signals formed on the 18th April 1980 from the Rhodesian Corps of Signals when the country was renamed Zimbabwe.
This a current example of the Zimbabwe Corps of Signals cap badge. It follows the same principles as many Commonwealth and post Commonwealth Signals badges. In that it has Mercury (‘Jimmy’) stood atop a globe holding in his left hand the Caduceus. His right arm held aloft with index finger partially extended. The badge is a two part badge, like the Rhodesian Corps of Signals Badge (1965 – 1980) its origins being derived from the Royal Corps of Signals badge. Like the later Rhodesian badge there is an image of a soapstone carved bird or eagle.
This soapstone emblem is derived from the carved birds found at the ruined city of ‘Great Zimbabwe’. The city was built by ancestors of the Shona in the 11th century and continuing for more than 300 years. It was after this city Zimbabwe was named.
As the Zimbabwean and Rhodesian badges are two part badges the soapstone birds are not too dissimilar. I have bought a Rhodesian badge, in the early days of collecting, with a Zimbabwe soapstone bird set over ‘Jimmy’. Telling the difference between these soapstone emblems is not too difficult. The Rhodesian soapstone bird has a curved base slightly extending out either side. This is removed on the Zimbabwe badge giving it a flattened looking base. The ‘Jimmy’ is little different for the Rhodesian version. The Zimbabwe badge, like the Rhodesian, has a lower scroll with the legend script ‘ZIMBABWE’. The leaf (laurel) branches are angled more upward either side of the globe on the Zimbabwe badge to those on the Rhodesian.