Welcome to the Museum of Arrogant Hubris.

Most of the images and designs in this collection were worn proudly as morale-boosting emblems on shoulder patches or PT shirts in informal settings.

They were mainly only sanctioned and/or tolerated as informal, good-natured, internal representations of unit or even sub-unit camaraderie – otherwise known as esprit de corps.

But, these are all now banned in the Australian Defence Force – especially Army – yet still remain as fond memories – and treasured ‘illegal contraband’ – for many serving and ex-serving Australian military.

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T-shirt designs by veteran artist Codey Anderson.
See heaps more work from this amazing artist on his Instagram page, here.




Dear Sir,
Would this sign be classed as Arrogant Hubris? It was put up outside of my tent in Vietnam in 1970, painted by one of my section.

Cheers, Tom Elliott,
Section Commander,
4 section, 5 Platoon, Bravo Coy, 8RAR.


A most worthy entry – thank you Tom. And thank you for your honourable service – Ed.



This from most likely 1st Armoured Regiment,  A Squadron, 3 Troop, from some time ago.

Not 100% sure as I was Cav.

Keep them coming.
Best regards,
Spent Cartridge





This Horney little devil comes from 108 Field Battery (“Hot Stuff”) from the 1970’s.

I hope it doesn’t inflame anyone’s passions and cause them to go mental (or is that insensitive too?).







This photo was taken in the ’90s with WA’s ‘A’ Squadron, 10th Light Horse Regiment, where I served before going to ARA.

Traditions start somewhere. Look at The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own) – “The Death or Glory Boys”. Look at their hat badge, CDF. The Queen understands and endorses it – tradition.

Spent Cartridge


This image is from a Mortar Platoon PT t-shirt, which was specifically singled out by now CDF General Angus Campbell when, as Chief of Army, he banned ‘death’ symbology/iconography.


See related poem by Spent Cartridge, written in homage to the ‘Dealers in Death’.






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The use of what could be termed ‘death’ symbology/iconography: for example the pirate Skull and Crossbones (maritime outlaws and murders), the Phantom or Punisher symbols (vigilantes), Spartans (extreme militarism) or the Grim Reaper (Bringer of Death) – implicitly encourage the inculcation of an arrogant hubris.
Commanders must take immediate action to remove such symbology/iconography from all formal and informal use within the Army.

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell
then Chief of Army – now Chief of Defence Force
April 2018



One wonders how long the Jolly Roger will last in the Royal Australian Navy, now that General Campbell is Chief of Defence Force.

Executive Officer HMAS Dechaineux Lieutenant Commander Darren White raises the 'Jolly Roger' on Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. Official Defence photo by Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko.
Lieutenant Commander Darren White raises the ‘Jolly Roger’ on Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. Official Defence photo by Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko.

The tradition of flying the Jolly Roger on submarines began in 1914 in response to a comment that submariners should be ‘hung like pirates’ because of their role in sinking civilian ships – and an earlier complaint by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson that submarines were “underhanded, unfair, and damned un-English”.

Lieutenant Commander Max Horton, captain of submarine HMS E9 initiated what is now the unofficial practice/tradition of flying the flag after returning from successful patrols.

The tradition continues today among some Commonwealth navies, including the Royal Australian Navy, and some allies, including the USA.

This exhibit – and this museum – were suggested by Spent Cartridge




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