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Badges of the Territorial Infantry, 1914–1918 (Hardback)

Reference WWI Photographic Books Colour Books 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 WWI Photographic Books Military

By David Bilton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 352
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9781526758101
Published: 30th September 2022

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The Territorial Force (TF) is often ignored by students of the Great War. However, these ‘Saturday Night Soldiers’ played a vital and underestimated part in the Allied victory. There were equal numbers of New Army and TF divisions, who were the first called to aid the regular troops in 1914. This book aims to re-dress this oversight.

Badges of the Territorial Infantry, 1914-1918 is based on over thirty years of research in museums, archives and collections. It is an exhaustive study of the development of the battalion, brigade and divisional signs of the TF units that served overseas during the war.

While the divisional signs are well known, there has been little work on those worn by the infantry battalions. This book illustrates the cap and shoulder titles used, as well as cloth signs worn to provide easy recognition in the trenches. Every battalion that served overseas has a listing, along with a brief history and detailed information on the badges worn. It is profusely illustrated and contains information about why a shape or colour was chosen, when it was adopted, what size it was, whether it was worn on the helmet, what colour the helmet was and even what colours were used on horse transport.

What helps make the information accurate and authoritative is that much of it comes from material collected at the time and shortly after the war. Further information came from personal correspondence with hundreds of veterans during the 1980s, some of whom still had their badges and often had razor-sharp recollections about wearing them. Using the illustrations will allow many of the unidentified photographs in family albums and collections to be identified and come to life.

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 David Bilton

About David Bilton

David Bilton is a retired teacher who spends his time looking after his family, working as a university lecturer and researching the Great War; an interest ignited by his paternal grandfather’s refusal to talk about his experiences at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He is a prolific author whose books includes works on the British and German Army, the Home Front and Great War badges; this is volume three of the badges of the British Army in the Great War. Since he started writing he has contributed to television and radio programmes, appeared on Country File and Look North, and given talks on his work.

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