|| Trooper "Bluey" Grimsey is credited with designing
the LRDG cap badge. The legend has it that a scorpion stung him and
then promptly died. (The Scorpion, not Bluey) The emblem is only slightly
similar to the Italian Auto-Sahariana Company, which features a crab
in a circle.
Originally the cap badge was a brooch that members gave to their
sweethearts. They were locally made in the jewelry shops in Cairo.
It wasn't long before the brooch was worn on the Black Beret of
Royal Tank Regiment. Eventually this became the "official" unofficial
head dress of the LRDG.
Typically it features a brass scorpion with the letters LRDG underneath
centered in a silver circle.