The Formation Sign 2022 - Click on cover thumbnail for a larger image
FS 285 Reviews three recently published books of interest to badge collectors. MI9 by Helen Fry covers the organisation set up in 1940 to facilitate escapes of prisoners of war, assist their return to the UK and collect and distribute any information they had obtainted during their escape. British Army Headdress 1939 to 1945 by Jon Mills and published by the Military Historical Society www.militaryhistoricalsociety.co.uk is generously illustrated with 170 colour illustrations and 180 black and white contemporary illustrations showing headress in wear. Badges of the Regular Infantry 1914-1918 by David Bilton provides details of the insignia of the British Army regular regiments during the Great War. Future organisational changes in the British Army are covered in 'Future Soldier' which describes and illustrates the signs of higher formations, their divisions and brigades. The Ranger Regiment announced at the end of 2021 has resulted in a new cap badge and battalion TRFs as part of the Army Special Operations Brigade. Short articles show previously unidentified badges of 149 Field Regiment, the ATS and 287 (Army Company) RASC. The formation signs of VIII Corps and VIII Corps District are discussed and illustrated.
FS 286 Looks at the British Army's Operation Orbital training the Ukranian forces, has the first part of a series on the cloth badges of the Army Cadet Force, details the history and demise of the London Regiment, records the badges of those providing medical support to the UK Special Forces and those worn by British training teams overseas and asks help on two mystery photos of servicemen and the usual batch of unidentified badges.

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