By Mike Chappell
This thoroughly revised variation of a vintage Men-At-Arms name covers the background of British Infantry apparatus from the touchdown of Wellesley's military in Spain in 1808 to the creation of the 1st gear set of utterly cotton webbing in 1908. The intervening century had visible a dramatic development within the lot of the normal infantryman. even if the fifty yr dominance of the Duke of Wellington had saved the military in a kingdom of close to stagnation, the years that the Crimean struggle observed a gentle and constant technique of reform which progressively introduced the British military as much as a par with these of the good eu Powers.
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H ~ sslung Karablner 98K. and a MI943 Panzerlausl 60 anti-tank grerade-launcher. Panzer-Division; Volturno, November 1943 This Roman Catholic divisioral chaplain :years the kt1935 officer's feld tunic without shoulder boards but with an MI935 ofl~cer'sbreast eagle. Ha rank is approxin:ately indicated by the M i 935 violet collar patches with aluminium 'guards braids'. His MI937 off~cer'speaked servlce cap has violet pipings, and an alurnln~urnGothic cross between the national insignia. On his left beast pocket are pinneti the War Merit Cross 1st Class with Sv;ords and a black Vtound Badge; he wears the ribbon of the War Merit Cross 2nd Class in h ~ sbutton hole.
And decorations. The open throat displays his Knight's Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds. Tho hoadgcar is the Mi934 'old style' field cap with gold machine-woven inslgnla and gold plplngs. 11934 ofticer's M 1 9 3 haddbd hdW on Mg belt. a a @ d d T#d and VdgUaRder short 10x50 binoculars. E3: Panzorobergrenadier, I PanzergrenadierBalaillon, Fiihrer-Begleit-Brigade; Ardennes, January 1945 The Fuhrer-Begle~i-Bri~ade, a detachment of ivhlch formed Hrtler's personal bodyguard, was effeatwely a GroOdeulschIand unit.
Or11 oil thc Icft uppe~' ~ I c c ~ c . 4 al-inshield above. Eastern Legion batThe dlsparlty In uniforms and insignia and the dejected appearance of these troops captured by the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy, f 944, make a slriking contrast with the smartness and confidence of the early war years. The private (left foreground] wears the M I 943 tunic wilh regulation MI940 collar patches, shoulder straps and breast eagle. The young UntcroHizier (centre foreground) has the MI942 tunic with MI940 breast eagle, te which he has attached MI935 dark green collar facing and bright aluminium NCO brald, MI938 collar patches, and long-obseletc Ml935 pointed dark green shoulder straps without piping.