Identifying Cap Badges - A Family Historian's Guide

Published on
January 22, 2023
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Graham Bandy
978 152677 5979
Other Publication Information
Hardback, 308 pages, over 800 black and white photos
Company: Pen & Sword - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

The book covers a detailed account of the cap badges used by the British Armed forces from their creation until the present. The book consists of a Foreword, Introduction, Order of Precedence, and A Short Story of the Badge in the British Army, How to use the Book, 31 Chapters, and where to go next. This last part is divided into Abbreviations used, 10 Appendices and the Bibliography.

In Chapter 1 there is a small history of the Uniforms and Badges in date order, as well as some tips to help with the dating of the badges. The chapters that follow are dedicated to the symbols used on the badges, such as wings, castles, circles and oval feathers and the like. At the beginning of each chapter you will encounter a small history of how they were created, as well as their use by the troops. The chapters point out the difference between Officers, Warrant Officers and other ranks. You will find not only badges from the earlier regiments but badges for the engineers, cavalry, infantry, and air force as well. Many of the photos show the progression of the badge through its life by showing in some cases, the changes to the badge itself. The book is an amazing wealth of information and the photos are sharp and crisp.

At the end of the book you will find 10 appendixes in which there are cavalry units between 1881 and 1922; Infantry number numbering; the current order of precedence as of 2020; lost corps; modern regiments, formation dates and their antecedents again as 2020 and the missing numbers to mention a few.

This book is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in the history of the badges of the British Armed Forces and for that matter for any historian who needs a good source of information on the subject. I will recommend the book to any one with that inclination.

I would like to thak Casemate Publishers for the opportunity of reviewing the book.


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