British Battle Insignia (2): 1939-45 (Men-at-Arms, Volume by Mike Chappell

By Mike Chappell

Through the hot yr of 1940 the battle workplace had agreed in precept to (a) the enhancement of officers' badges of rank with textile within the color of the arm-of-service; (b) strips of material within the similar shades to be worn on the best of the sleeves by way of all ranks; and (c) the donning of regimental flashes on Battledress. And so the principles for the donning of conflict insignia during the British military have been verified. How some distance they have been obeyed and the way usually they have been missed becomes seen to somebody studying Mike Chappell's wonderful significant other paintings to Men-At-Arms 182.

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Which called for Royal blue wmgs and blue-and-wtute lace lor dl'\Jrrvnets of Royal regunents. Note his drum apron, short sword and gk:lVes. &de drums of the lime were large, being 18Jns In dtametef and 1BIns deep. They weRt painted and embellished as shown. c: LINE INFANTRY, 1811 By this time many 01 the units 01 the KGL were commilled to the campaign in the Peninsula; thiS plate depIcts the appearance of the men 01 the banalions In that theatre. une C1: Sergeant of a Grenadier Company, guard-mounting order HIS jaCket IS based on a SUMVlng example; note the chevrons, and the red·and-blue tumback ornament.

The prolUSlOll of metallic lace on his pantaloons Mel HesSIan boots. and hIS gold cap COI'ds. E: LIGHT INFANTRY, SPAIN, 1811 El: Sergeant-bugler, 2nd Light Battalion He wears hIS unllorm jacket With 'night cap' and 'nankeen' trousers. The red collar and cuffs Wflfe the marX 01 a bugler, as were the padded red-and·green wings. Note his badge of rank, light infantry sash, belt and sWOl"d-bayonet. E2: 'Sharpshooter', 1st Light Battalion He wears a newly-introduced pattern of shako peculiar to the light Infantry, whlch had leather remforcng on the crown and band - see page 33.

He appointed a guard of honour from the bligade to attend him. } upon the occasion of the late victory obtained ncar Salamanca. llis Royal Ilighness the Prince Regent is pleased. 11 regiments of that corps. shall ha\'e permanent mnk in the 1~litish anll\ from the date of their respective commissions.. \ladrid. \\hich he entered in triumph on 12 August 1812. ,,'jtll the Dragoons ofthe KGL in the place of honour at the head of the column. tt'- of Gan:'-o ~z' b, Adolph Northen • the chaIve 01 the ht DnllIOO"e, KGl, on 23 Jul, 1812.

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