The Badges of Kitchener’s Army is based on 30 years’ research in museums, archives and collections. It is an exhaustive study of the development of the battalion, brigade and divisional signs of the 30 divisions raised by Kitchener’s appeal for men. While the divisional signs are well known, there has been little authoritative work on the signs worn by the infantry battalions.
The book illustrates the unique cap and shoulder titles used, as well as cloth signs worn to provide easy recognition in the trenches. Each service battalion of each regiment has a listing, which provides a brief history of the unit and detailed information on the badges worn. It is prodigiously illustrated and contains much information, such as why a shape or colour was chosen, when it was adopted, what size it was, whether it was worn on a helmet, what colour the helmet was and even what colours were used on horse transport; the majority of this rich and detailed information has never been published before.
What helps make the information accurate and authoritative is that much of it comes from an archive created at the time and from personal correspondence with hundreds of veterans in the 1980s, many of whom still had their badges and often had razor-sharp recollections about wearing them. The book also provides comments from these veterans. A further unique aspect of the book is that it looks at the uniforms and badges worn before the battalions left the country, providing much new information that will enable people to identify any photographs they have lying around.
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