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4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to the British Army
Another very useful, handy sized and splendid value for money volume from Shire, which I am sure will appeal to a wide range of readers with an interest in matters military.

The British Army is justly proud of its regimental traditions and although some, such as the Trooping the Colour are famous worldwide, the majority will probably be unfamiliar to the...
Published on 21 Aug. 2007 by Michael David Booker

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1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and Inaccurate
This is a superficial book marred by lazy, unnecessary errors. As an example, just two pages dealing with Scottish Regiments manages to make a nonsensical statement about the division between the Highlands and Lowlands, refers to the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as the Queen's Own Highlanders- a regiment created almost a century later by the amalgamation of the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and Inaccurate, 18 May 2011
This review is from: British Regimental Traditions (Discovering) (Paperback)
This is a superficial book marred by lazy, unnecessary errors. As an example, just two pages dealing with Scottish Regiments manages to make a nonsensical statement about the division between the Highlands and Lowlands, refers to the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as the Queen's Own Highlanders- a regiment created almost a century later by the amalgamation of the former with the Seaforth Highlanders, refers to the creation of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment in 1739 rather than the 43rd Highland Regiment which only became the 42nd and then the Royal Highland regiment over the next twenty years.

It perpetuates old chestnuts about the origin of grenadier caps and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers idiosyncratic 'flash.' If I could have been bothered to read on I am sure I would have found more.

Even if this wasn't a book about military traditions, where this kind of detail is fundamental, this would be poor stuff for 2011.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to the British Army, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: British Regimental Traditions (Discovering) (Paperback)
Another very useful, handy sized and splendid value for money volume from Shire, which I am sure will appeal to a wide range of readers with an interest in matters military.

The British Army is justly proud of its regimental traditions and although some, such as the Trooping the Colour are famous worldwide, the majority will probably be unfamiliar to the outsider and may even seem strange and confusing at times, to even the serving soldier, especially those new to a particular regiment or corps.

The author - no stranger to Shire Books, has cleverly covered the period from the emergence of the British Army in the days of Charles II, through its subsequent expansion over the past three hundred plus years, to the most recent amalgamations and in 2007. A mamouth task one might think, however in the short space of this compact volume, he provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the cavalry, the infantry and corps of the regular army, as well as the militia and territorial army. Regimental customs and ranks, together with the uniforms and badges they wear and the weapons and equipment they use are featured in chapters that also include ceremonials and bands, mascots and nicknames, along with medals and memorials too.

In common with other publications from Shire, this volume also includes many excellent high quality black and white and colour photographs, together with suggestions for further reading and a detailed index. Researchers and enthusiasts will also find the comprehensive list of military museums useful and therefore a must for days out.

I bought a first edition copy of this excellent title over thirty years ago and have found it an invaluable source of reference on many occasions. I therefore have no hesitation in recommending this much updated and improved edition to any researcher or militaria collector. I would stick my neck out and advise any new recruits entering the army to purchase a copy too
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