By Mike Chappell

The British squaddies who marched off to struggle in international struggle I in 1914 wore in simple terms regimental insignia, but by the point of the armistice in November 1918, insignia within the British military had gone through a substantial swap. Now noticeable was once a bewildering demonstrate of colored units on uniforms, helmets, cars, weapons, signboards and flags. Regimental badges remained yet have been joined by means of divisional insignia. those have been not often visible within the entrance line. as a substitute the 'battle patch' had seemed for wrestle use. during this superbly illustrated e-book Mike Chappell appears to be like on the vibrant number of insignia utilized by the British military through the nice War.

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82: Royal Colour, Scots Fusilier Guards, 1854 The 'Alma Colours' of the Scots Guards hang in the Church of Scotland Chapel at the Guards Depot. 1 Company (see line illustration, page 14, item cl). The flags were presented In 1853 and carried for the usual term of seven years. Source: Dawnay, Standards of the Household Division. 83: Regimental Colour, 1 st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 1856 Apart from the addition of battle honours. no other alterations were made to the regiment's colours from 1746 until 1856, when they were reduced in size.

The latter were not replaced untll 1780, but this new stand was described as 'considerably worn' after only nine years of home service. 7. C2: Second Colour, 2nd Foot, 1751 The lamb is the most enigmatic of all British Army badges. Only regimental tradition attributes It to Catherine of Braganza. the queen of Charles II, who was on the throne when the regiment was raised. The lamb is not associated with the house of Braganza; nothing else connects Catherine with the badge, and although she is depicted with a lamb in a surviving portrait, this may be no more than a conventional device to indicate purity or gentleness.

A1ow. ~ Wllllama, The Stoty of the Coloun. The centre of the Second Colour of the 87th Foot (Prtnce of Wales'a Own lrtah), bNring the motif of the French l'lglmental eagle captured bv Sgt. Patrick Mesteraon of the 8Tth at Berrou, 5 March 1811. Sheet: blue. Eagle, harp: gold. The Prtnoe of Walff's plume• placed on gold rap. Sowce: Miine, StandetW and Coloul'L Honours. quite rightly, were restrkted to regiments that had seen hard service. · Thl· application of the regiment in question. for tlw honour La Valctte, was Utn1ed down on the grounds that it had submittt"

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