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  1. Hi Andy, This NCO is Danish, and holds the rank of Sergent (Sergeant), as indicated by the three-bar chevron on each lower sleeve. The diagonal lace bar on his upper-left sleeve is an instructor's proficiency badge, awarded to NCOs displaying diligence and proficiency whilst instructing recruits at Eksercerskoler ('drill schools', ie recruit training depôts). This badge could be awarded more than once. He wears the M / 1880 double-breasted dark-blue tunic, which for the infantry had a scarlet collar and piping. However, Infantry wore light-blue trousers; therefore, this Sergeant's tr
  2. Thanks Cobalt, The source for my thought that because of his rank, he must be an officer of the Reserve, was the 'Handbook of the Russian Army', sixth edition, compiled by the British General Staff, and published by the War Office, London, 1914. I'm fully aware that such a foreign source can be misinformed, lacking in detail, or just plain wrong, and of course does not take into account wartime conditions. Do you have any thoughts on his sleeve insignia? Chris
  3. Hello all, I’m attempting to identify the unit of the young ‘Ensign’, or ‘Praporshchik’ (Пра́порщик) shown in this photograph taken in Archangel in the latter years of the Great War. His rank indicates that he is a reserve officer, and his private-purchase field-jacket is of the popular, so-called ‘French’ pattern, worn here with soft shoulder-boards; however, the nearest explanation in my sources for the insignia on his upper left sleeve is that it was the distinctive badge of the pioneer detachment of a cavalry regiment, i.e. crossed pick and shovel. Is this correct? My sources sho
  4. Nice photo. A sub-section from the Machine-Gun Company of either the 1st Regiment of Carabiniers ( 1er régiment de carabiniers / 1ste regiment carabiniers ) or 2nd Regiment of Carabiniers ( 2e régiment de carabiniers / 2de regiment carabiniers ), all of whom wear the distinctive model 1872 Carabinier hat ( Chapeau retroussé a la corse de carabiniers mle . 1872 ). This 'Corsican' style head-dress had been a popular choice across Europe for light infantry units during the Napoleonic period. The pattern of rank insignia of the Corporal ( Caporal / Korporaal) on the left indicates that the pho
  5. Спасибо, Александр! That was a good and interesting selection of photographs to comment upon, and I'm glad you like the detail! I think the background story to any uniform is important, as it gives context to the image in the photograph, and answers those fundamental questions: why? where? when? . . . and it also reveals those quirks of history, like the complete conversion of the 'Household Cavalry' to machine-guns in the final months of the Great War! Chris
  6. The third photograph is very interesting. It shows, as you say, a bluejacket of H.M.S. Shannon, together with a Corporal of one of the three regiments of ‘Household Cavalry’ (‘1st Life Guards’, ‘2nd Life Guards’, ‘Royal Horse Guards’), during the period when each of these regiments formed a battalion of the ‘6th, or Machine Gun, Regiment of Foot Guards’ (also officially designated the ‘Guards Machine Gun Regiment’). This therefore dates the photograph to the period May, 1918, to November, 1918. In identifying the Corporal as a Household Cavalryman, and specifically of the ‘Guards Machine Gun
  7. Turning to the photograph of the artilleryman and his lady-friend, for reasons we will discuss below, we can date it no earlier than 1933. The ‘Gunner’ (from 1933, ‘Gunner’ was the sole rank designation for ordinary soldiers of the artillery) wears the improved pattern of ‘Other Ranks’’ ‘Service Dress’ jacket introduced for parade and ‘walking-out’ purposes in 1924 (the older pattern, first introduced in 1902, was retained for manoeuvres and field service). The improved pattern was tailored with higher collar and tighter fit, and regimental or corps collar-badges were now authorised to be worn
  8. Hi Alexander, An excellent set of photographs! The first photograph can be dated to the early 1930s, but no later than 1935. It is of the Bandmaster of one of the two regular battalions of ‘The Northumberland Fusiliers’. In the photograph, we see the dark-blue, knee-length, double-breasted, ‘Frock-Coat, Universal pattern’, which was worn by officers of most regiments and corps of the British Army before 1914 when in ‘No. 5 Dress - Undress Order’ (the exceptions being the officers of the Household Cavalry and Foot Guards, who had their own patterns of Frock-Coat; and officers of Rifle r
  9. Thankyou, gentlemen!! Even in the United Kingdom, it is often forgotten how popular the 'Brigade' movements were in the early years of the 20th Century, and their importance in moulding young men to do their duty for 'God, King, and Country' . . . Chris
  10. Hi Alexander, The photograph dates to the decade before 1914, and shows a Serjeant of ‘The Church Lads’ Brigade’. He is in ‘Walking Out’ Dress, with swagger-stick and white gloves. ‘The Church Lads’ Brigade’ (C.L.B.) was founded in London in October, 1891, by Walter Mallock Gee (1845-1916), a successful businessman and retired Captain of infantry in the ‘Volunteer Force’ (i.e. the United Kingdom’s part-time citizen force consisting of infantry, artillery and engineer units intended purely for home defence). The second half of the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom was a period durin
  11. Hi, This photograph was taken at the German Imperial Army manoeuvres (Kaisermanöver) of September 1906, held near Breslau in Silesia. The mounted officer wearing the peaked Forage Cap, dressed in the blue Undress uniform of a Major of the ‘Oxfordshire Imperial Yeomanry (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars)’ is none other than Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, who was present as an observer on behalf of the British government; at this time, Winston Churchill was a junior minister in the British government, namely Under-Secretary of State at the Colonial Office. During the course of the manoeu
  12. Quite right . . . on closer inspection of the photograph, it appears to show an Officer and Other Ranks of the Royal Air Force . . . it just shows how the incorrect description of a photograph can cause confusion for decades!!
  13. Hi Alexander, That is the aircraft carrier, H.M.S. Glorious; built as a Courageous-class battlecruiser, and launched in 1916, she took part in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1917, and was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in 1918. Put into reserve in 1919, between 1924 and 1930 she was converted to an aircraft carrier, along with the other two Courageous-class battlecruisers. From 1930 to 1939 she served with the Mediterranean Fleet, but in 1940 was transferred to the Home Fleet. She was sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on 8th June, 1940
  14. Привет Alexander! Many thanks for originally posting the great photograph - images of the army at home in the UK during the Edwardian period are always interesting, there was so much change going on in terms of uniform; and many thanks indeed for providing more scans of the officers' cap and collar badges! But, as you say, the original quality of the photo isn't the best, and the detail is still indistinct . . . but never mind, I'll see if I can struggle on with an identification!!
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