Badges of the Regular Infantry 1914-1918 written by David Bilton and published by Pen & Sword Books – £30.00 – Hardback – Pages 352

Badges of the Regular Infantry, 1914-1918 is based on over thirty years of research in museums, archives and collections. It is an exhaustive study of the development of the battalion, brigade and divisional signs of the twelve divisions that formed the regular army during the Great War. It also looks at the badges of those battalions left behind to guard the Empire.

While the divisional signs are well known, there has been no authoritative work on the signs worn by the infantry battalions. The book will illustrate the cap and shoulder titles used, as well as cloth signs worn to provide easy recognition in the trenches. Each regular and reserve battalion of a regiment has a listing, which provides a brief history of the unit and detailed information on the badges worn. It is profusely illustrated and contains much information, like why a shape or colour was chosen, when it was adopted, what size it was, whether it was worn on a helmet, what colour the helmet was and even what colours were used on horse transport; the majority of this rich and detailed information has never been published before. What helps make the information accurate and authoritative is that much of it comes from an archive created at the time and from personal correspondence with hundreds of veterans in the 1980s, many of whom still had their badges and often had razor-sharp recollections about wearing them. The book also provides some comments from these veterans. Using the illustrations will allow many of those unidentified photos in family albums to come to life.

This book is like one of those cool reference books you come across where you know you’re going to find exactly what you need and more. This book as the title says will inform you of all the badges, cloth signs, cap crests and insignias you going to get in every infantry battalion and brigade in the British Army during the Great War. This book is going to be of huge interest to a number of different readers, those who have a love of the infantry during the Great War and I thought those that are into family research and want to identify uniforms from old photographs. The number of photos in the book is huge and really do help make this book a big success. In my opinion, this is a great book for reference and I would most definitely recommend it to others.