An Awesomely Bad Military Logo

Wired’s Danger Room has been running a series on the most “awesomely bad military patches”, and while I can’t really compete with any of their examples, I do have a truly, awesomely bad military t-shirt for your entertainment.

Way back in the early 1990s, NATO launched “Operation Allied Force” to oust Milosovec (remember him?) from control of Yugoslavia, and stop the ethnic cleansing that was going on in Serbia and Bosnia. Other than providing inspiration for a movie or two, that little war is pretty much forgotten, as is Canada’s contribution to the festivities.

Part of their contribution was a number of CF-18 aircraft, who operated out of Italy. Drawn from a number of squadrons, the provisional unit became known as the “Balkan Rats”, both because it rhymed with the “Desert Cats”, the name given to Canada’s aviation contribution to Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and because they were horribly under-supplied, and thus had to scrounge for just about everything – fuel, parts, tools, even ordinance. Anyway, the “official” logo was bland and boring, involving a line-drawing of a CF-18 as seen from the front… the “official unofficial” logo was, well, not quite so boring:

Apologies for the photo, which is of a quite ratty t-shirt I own; I couldn’t find a single example of this design anywhere online to “appropriate”. Really, though, what more could you want in a logo? It’s got everything – anthropomorphic rodent, precision-guided weapon, crude sexual innuendo, and multiple exclamation points…

Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on December 7th, 2007| 2 Comments »

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  1. On 12/12/2007 at 12:01 pm Nemo Said:

    Be sure not to miss this page, as well…

  2. On 6/21/2010 at 2:51 pm militaria patches Said:

    Makes you wonder how many of those t-shirts were ever made. Pretty darn awesome.