British Battle Insignia (1) 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms, Volume by Mike Chappell

By Mike Chappell

The British infantrymen who marched off to struggle in international conflict I in 1914 wore merely regimental insignia, but by the point of the armistice in November 1918, insignia within the British military had passed through a substantial swap. Now obvious was once a bewildering demonstrate of colored units on uniforms, helmets, cars, weapons, signboards and flags. Regimental badges remained yet have been joined via divisional insignia. those have been infrequently visible within the entrance line. as a substitute the 'battle patch' had seemed for wrestle use. during this fantastically illustrated ebook Mike Chappell appears to be like on the vibrant number of insignia utilized by the British military in the course of the nice War.

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