British Parachute Forces 1940-45 by Howard P. Davies

By Howard P. Davies

BRITISH PARACHUTE FORCES 1940-45 describes the uniforms and kit of the mythical pink Devils from the inception of airborne forces within the British military, via Arnhem and the crossing of the Rhine, to the top of the second one global struggle. each point of the unique garments and accouterments designed to fulfill the categorical specifications of those crack paratroopers is meticulously particular in rigorously prepared sections, the 1st of which supplies the old heritage in their exploits. Black and white motion images seem during the textual content, and there are sections illustrating person goods of uniform, badges and insignia in complete colour.

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Yeoman - Crossed quills, nibs down. ) This mark was also used as a distinguishing mark. --------------------J; 31 ------~ - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ' Distinguishing Marks (Obsolete) The term "distinguishing marks" was introduced into uniform regulations in 1905 (prior to that time they were referred to simply as "marks"), In 1922 uniform regulations stated that distinguishing marks were sleeve markings for men who had met certain qualifications, In addition to those required for their rating, or members of a crew that had obtained a special merit in competition.

A maximum of three combat stars were awarded for display on the Combat Aircrew Insignia. This insignia, although still authorized for Marines, became obsolete for the Navy in 1968. Submarine Engineering Duty Insignia - A gold metal pin with two dolphins facing a silver circle center inscribed with a silver three bladed propeller on a gold background. The tips of propeller blades trisect the circle and one blade is vertical. During the 1950-52 period, the insignia was the Submarine Insignia with a block letter E in the center.

46 , ~----------Types There are two general categories of "medals" awarded by the United States to its military personnel, namely, decorations and service medals. The terms "decoration" and "medal" are used almost interchangeably today (as they are in this book), but there are recognizable distinctions between them. Decorations are awarded for acts of gallantry and meritorious service and usually have distinctive (and often unique) shapes such as crosses or stars (there are exceptions to this, such as the Navy DSM, which is round).

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