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A Model 1905 SD cap with RMP cap badge with cypher of King George VI.

The cap seems OK to me, but as far as I know this type used very long period by the RMP.

But I'm not sure with the badge...

I would be happy for any additional informations!

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It certainly is the cap of Royal Military police before 1953 and with the EIIR badge replacing the GVIR badge it continued in use until 1968. Normally, it would have been worn with a red cover as in the image of this one in my collection.

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One of my favourite bits about the RMP occurs in a novel by Gavin Lyall, a British spy novel writer. A civilian, speaking to a British Army major says something like

"...Military Police. I believes you call them 'Red Caps'." To which the response is "No, mostly we call them 'those f***ing MPs'."

It had a real ring of authenticity to it! :whistle:

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I see this is an old thread but I just came across it whilst looking for something else as I am much more a reader here than a poster (only double digits in about ten years!!!)

However, I just had to comment on the cap badge which is possibly the worst fake I have ever seen posing as a real one!!!

The chinstrap too is at best a pretty modern one. The correct issued type for these hats came in a light tan colour and was made brown with dark brown polish vigourously "bulled" into it. I Believe this type is a modern version still issued to the Household Cavalry and a couple of other units still using these caps.

The cap itself looks good and probably from about WWII up to 1960's in date.


Before anyone says "how do you know with such a low post count"? I served 24 years regular army most of which was with RMP and I wore one of these hats in Northern Ireland in the '70s. Plus I have been a collector of British cap badges etc since about 1973 so I have seen a few. :-)





PS I'll go back under my rock now!

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On 21/09/2020 at 13:36, peter monahan said:

No need to go into hiding.  All comments, if politely phrased, can be useful and it sounds as if your credentials entitle you to an opinion on thios one.  :)

Thank you I appreciate it.

The correct chinstrap is the one in the post by Ironduke although it would never be worn (for long) in that colour as the heavy application of dark brown polish would see to that! These caps were actually worn by RMP until 1974 (not 1968) when replaced by the red beret (the publicity blurb said "In order to fit long redcaps into short cars" coinciding with the introduction of "saloon" cars in lieu of Landrovers for garrison policing) however, they did hang around in use in Northern Ireland for a while longer. Oh and the red "duster" was required to have creases pressed into it. not always the same in every unit but generally if memory serves it was 12 either side of the centre. That was fun when you were knackered and just wanted to chill out!





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