Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry

With the introduction of the steel helmet in 1915, it wasn’t long before British, and it’s then Empire, troops began to embellish them with unit signs. These ‘distinguishing marks’ as they were known were intended to identify the unit of the wearer. Some markings were as simple as a cap badge soldered to the frontContinue reading “Steel Helmets of The Great War – South African Infantry”

Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916”

For several years now, I have had an increasing interest in the distinguishing marks adopted by the British Army during the Great War. These include the cloth badges worn on uniforms, those painted on helmets and vehicles’ signboards as well as the Divisional and other Formation Signs. The subject is absolutely fascinating, and up untilContinue reading “Sneak Preview! – Upcoming Publication on “The Distinguishing Marks of The Somme 1916””

Proposed Divisional Sign – 43rd Wessex Division

Divisional Signs first appeared early on during the Great War, and by the armistice in November 1918, nearly all British divisions had adopted one. They provided a quick and easy means of identifying units, without giving away the Order of Battle. The signs also provided an esprit de corps, sense of loyalty and belonging toContinue reading “Proposed Divisional Sign – 43rd Wessex Division”

A Coincidental Find

Some time ago I purchased a photographic postcard of a WW1 soldier serving with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). As is most common with these photographs, it was unnamed and my interest was in the distinguishing mark he was wearing on his shoulder (as part of a long on-going research project). The onlyContinue reading “A Coincidental Find”

HorsePower, The Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars

I have always loved visiting military museums, and I would like to share some of the amazing collections that can be found within regimental museums all over the UK. For my first Regimental Museum post, I will be sharing the fantastic cavalry collection held by HorsePower, The Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars in Winchester,Continue reading “HorsePower, The Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars”

Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915

A look at the early use of Armoured Cars during the campaign in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Battle of Ctesiphon, November 1915. Back in August 2013, The Tank Museum published an online article by David Fletcher about two mysterious armoured cars that were recorded as taking part in the Battle of Ctesiphon. David Fletcher hadContinue reading “Armoured Cars at Ctesiphon 1915”