The SHAEF Insignia

The design of a special insignia for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) was approved by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander for Operation OVERLORD, and came into general use in March 1944.

Each element in the insignia is symbolic. The main feature is the flaming sword of avenging justice, shown piercing the black of Nazi oppression.

Above the sword is a rainbow, symbol of hope, containing all the colours that made up the national flags of the Allies.

Then above the rainbow is the blue of peace to come.

Shaef Insignia

General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander, wears the SHAEF insignia in this scene from the Overlord Embroidery at the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth City Council).