Guaranteed original. Complete & intact. This is an original WW2 PRINTED Cloth Shoulder Title Badge Flash for sale. In good condition. Please see our other items for more original WW1, WW2 & post war British military badges for sale including other WW2 PRINTED Cloth Shoulder Title Badge Flash.
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Cloth insignia have been in use in the British Army in one form or another for a considerable time. At least one type of insignia can be said to have had its beginings as far back as 1900. In that year the first form of regulated coloured shoulder titles were introduced to be worn on the then new form of British Army khaki-coloured Service Dress and on the greatcoat. The use of these shoulder titles, which displayed the name of the wearer's regiment, corps or department, was short-lived, however, for in 1907 they were replaced by metal shoulder titles worn at the base of the shoulder-straps (but that's another subject altogether). Skill-at-arms and other such badges have their origins as far back as the mid 1800s. Cloth insignia of the type referred to as `formation' or 'divisional' signs were introduced during the First World War, and although their use was discontinued after the war, they were officially re-introduced in 1940 and their use and numbers reached their zenith during the remaining years of the Second World War.
During the late 1960s the Army authorities withdrew the ubiquitous Battle Dress and introduced a new form of khaki Service Dress for wear by the rank and file throughout the British Army. The opportunity was taken to do away with many of the existing coloured insignia. Shoulder titles, referred to as regi-mental (or corps) designations, formation signs, regimental coloured flashes, arm-of-service strips, all were swept away. Only rank, trade, proficiency and skill-at-arms badges plus a few select items remained, and most of these were colourless. Only recently, with the introduction of the `woolley pully' - the knitted woollen pullover, D.P.M. clothing (Disruptive Pattern Material - camouflaged material) and the use of detachable brassards, have some shoulder titles and coloured signs re-appeared, although in very limited numbers.
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