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  1. Note that in the photo of Maj SJA Denison, he is wearing a Staffordshire Knot badge on his cap rather than the badge of the RCRI. As a young man, after leaving RMC, Denison went to England and was commissioned into a militia battalion, the 1st Staffordshire Regiment which, after the Childers reforms, became the 4th Bn, The South Staffordshire Regiment. He eventually rose to the rank of Major. Denison went to South Africa as an officer with the RCRI, however it looks like when he was taken on as an ADC to Field Marshal Roberts, he re-badged himself to his militia battalion, the South Staffs. From what i can see from his record, he was in the British Army militia and the Canadian militia concurrently. Major was the highest rank Denison achieved in the British Army. Cheers, Dan.
  2. I'm guessing The Burma Rifles (1917-1948). They had a male peacock in their cap and collar badges. But if it's dated to 1898, then there's no way It also has a Guelphic crown, as used by The Rifle Brigade until 1910 and adopted again in 1955-1966. What Indian regiment was aligned with The Rifle Brigade in the 19th century? Cheers, Dan.
  3. You're missing, or the original diagram was missing, the gold loop worn by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. Did the original identify the colours? There's three blues and two greens. Cheers, Dan. PS: Was there no loop identified for the 12th Devonshires?
  4. It's part of unfixing bayonets. They're in the act of replacing the bayonet in the scabbard, which requires two hands hence the rifle between the knees. Cheers, Dan.
  5. It's a Mk III also known as the invasion helmet. It was issued, along with the Mk II as worn by the other soldier in your photo, to the troops who took part in the Normandy invasion. Check out this site from the IWM: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30101243 Cheers, Dan.
  6. Thanks for the link. The site doesn't have a forum that I could see. It's a very interesting site however. Again, thanks. Cheers, Dan.
  7. Peter, Thanks for the response and the link. Always interested to learn something I hadn't been aware of prior. The period I'm interested in is the time of the organization of The Light Infantry in 1968. I'd mentioned it earlier in post #4, but I can see now how I could have made my post clearer. Supposedly there were four different versions of drill, particularly rifle drill, utilized by the four regiments. Creating a common drill for the new regiment was one of the issues to be resolved along with the items of dress, badges, etc. For the life of me I can't think of how different the individual drill was. I think the differences may have been exxagerated, but I've never been able to find any information on it. Again, thanks for the link. Cheers, Dan.
  8. jf42, I think that this is about as much of answer as I will ever get on the subject. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I would tend to agree that it was probably the Shorncliffe-Light Infantry-Sir John Moore connection that led to the Green Jackets Brigade taking the form it did. Now, if you can explain to me please, why all of the different LI regiments had such diverse rifle drill movements, and what these drill movements were, I would again be most grateful. Cheers, Dan.
  9. Thanks for the reply jf42. Very informative. Back in the mists of time I recall reading about the light and grenadier companies created during the 18th century but, with increasing interests taking up more of my limited brain space, it must have slipped away. Knowledgeable as you are, maybe you could help me with another question I have from the post-war period. When the administrative Green Jacket Brigade was formed in 1948 why was it the Oxs & Bucks LI were chosen as one of its regiments? The OBLI wasn't the most senior or junior of the LI regiments, nor was it more closely linked to the rifle regiments than the others. Would you have any thoughts on this? Thanks. Cheers, Dan.
  10. Thanks Peter. Two good points. I wasn't aware of the previous use of green uniforms by some LI regiments in Canada or Britain. Although, and I stand to be corrected on this, the No 1 Dress LI green tunics were not rifle green. The LI tunics were a lighter shade and trimmed with white piping. I completely agree that the adoption of the green tunic was to distinguish the LI from the remaining line regiments, but it must have been a tremendous effort to get the five English Light Infantry regimental councils to agree to a common design. I recall reading that when 'The Light Infantry' was created, one of the first things the regiment had to do was to create a common form of drill, as all of the battalions practiced their own version which was different from the rest. Tribal customs, I mean regimental affectations, always being difficult to overcome. I also was thinking about why the Highland regiments chose green. It created a situation in Canada with the Canadian Black Watch. When the Regular Army units of the Canadian BW (usually shortened to RHC for Royal Highlanders of Canada) adopted their dress uniform after being created in 1953 it also adopted the piper green doublet. The Militia battalion of the regiment, having been in existence since the 19th century, had been wearing the red doublet pre and post the Great War. I believe the Militia battalion eventually adopted piper green, however the remainder of the Army's highland Militia battalions (who were all affiliated with an Imperial regiment) retained the red doublet. I stand to be corrected however. Had the distinguishing colour of the Light Infantry been green since the late 18th century? Anything that you could provide on this would be most appreciated. Cheers, Dan.
  11. I've lately become very interested in the No 1 Dress introduced to the Army after the Second World War, but I can't seem to find too much information on this. One of the questions I have and can't seem to find a reason for is: "Why did the Light Infantry regiments adopt green rather than blue tunics?" Up to 1914, light infantry regiments wore red tunics like the remainder of the non-rifle infantry. They were distinguished by wearing green rather than blue home service helmets. So why, forty years later, was there felt the need to distinguish the light infantry from the line infantry to such a degree? Light infantry continued to wear a green rather than a blue coloured field service cap with No 1 Dress, which would conform to their previous practice. But I can't find anything on the tunics. Any thoughts? Cheers, Dan.
  12. According to Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1945 (2000) by Peter Taylor the badge you have was used by members of the Jedburghs. It was made from the metal Parachute Regiment cap badge by cutting back the wings, cutting off the lion and crown above the canopy and adding a brass star at the bottom. (I would presume the British members wore this in lieu of their own regiment or corps cap badge, but it could have been used by other nationalities as well.) Taylor states that only 55 members of the Jedburghs were British with no two coming from the same regiment. One interesting item that Taylor infers in the section on the OSS is that the Jedburghs were an OSS operation. He goes on to say that the OSS was divided into two branches; special intelligence (SI) and special operations (SO). This would seem to make sense seeing as how both the Jedburghs and the OSS Operational Groups wore the 'Special Force' wings on their sleeve. Cheers, Dan.
  13. Mike, I've heard from another RM website, and I quote: "It's a Corps Shooting medal, they came in two versions, silver and bronze. Unfortunately the individual's name wasn't engraved on the back." So now we know what it is, but not to whom it was awarded. HTH, Cheers, Dan.
  14. Michael, My reading of your document leads me to think that what we are calling the 'SF wings' are not wings in the sense of designating the wearer as being parachute qualified. If they were then there wouldn't be a need for any personnel to be wearing regular Army wings on becoming parachute qualified. Nor would there be a requirement to remove them when leaving the unit. I may be thick on this but it looks to me like the SF wings were a unit identifier and not a specialty qualification. The document even refers to the SF wing as sleeve insignia. This means, as it applies to the OSS OG's, that all members of the unit would be entitled to wear them whether parachute qualified or not. The US Army also has definite rules for the wearing of shoulder sleeve insignia. Currently serving with the unit: worn on the left shoulder. Prior combat or overseas service with the unit: worn on the right. Both shoulders? I have no idea. I know this doesn't agree with all of the photographs we've seen in this thread, and I can't account for the variations. But back to my original idea, that perhaps the SF wings were a unit identifier rather than a qualification badge. Your thoughts? Cheers, Dan.
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