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Here is a book that charts the history of the British Army by using one of its most distinctive aspects - its regimental traditions. It describes the emergence of a royal army under Charles II and its expansion during the 18th Century, the formation of its militia, the yeomanry and the Territorials, the distinction of the Household Cavalry and the Guards Division, and the changing function of the cavalry. It explains why the Royal Artillery carries no colours, why the Royal Berkshire Regiment wore a red patch behind their cap badge, and why the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment celebrates "Sarah Sands Day". There are chapters on Veterans (who qualifies to be a Chelsea Pensioner?); Ranks and Appointments (the Kaiser and the Emperor of Austria were both British field marshals in 1914); Badges (why the Gloucesters uniquely wore a "back badge"); Nicknames (identifying "The Rusty Buckles" and "The Havecake Lads"); and Uniforms (explaining the origin of khaki). The author describes existing monuments and memorials to regiments, explains how families can trace servicemen among their ancestors, and lists regimental and military museums in Britain, with their addresses and telephone numbers. An appendix outlines the present structure of the British Army and the lineage of existing regiments and corps. There is also an extensive bibliography and a list of useful addresses.
  • AUTHOR: Beckett, I
  • FORMAT: 136pp 120 col/Bw 210x125 Pb
  • Code: 16454

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