I can`t speak for the RAF or Navy but army uniforms were an ill fitting mess. As soon as i got to Germany i had my BD & number 2 uniform tailored & what a difference it made to feeling smart. My number 2 hat i used to fold down at the sides (like the officers do) & again it made you feel so much smarter. I also got hold of some stuff from a Canadian soldier which looked like a bottle of ink with a little brush, & that would give a great shine to boots & shoes & it didn`t chip or flake.The old KD issue Beret, my father said he would have rather died, than wear his anywhere, and in fact every photo we have he is wearing his forage cap.
The last group photo, (they're not all RASC are they ?), the Prize for The Daftest Hat I award to the sergeant sitting front right.It's all the diffferent angles they're worn at that get me!
They all have such characterful faces. There are some refugees from Ealing Comedies there, I'm sure.
Are they not all RASC? I couldn't make out all the badges. There's nothing written on the back, and dad isn't here now. Could some of them be REME by any chance?The last group photo, (they're not all RASC are they ?), the Prize for The Daftest Hat I award to the sergeant sitting front right.
(It was a difficult decision though !).
maypolebaz, thinking about what you and Old Boy said about uniforms, etc. Army hierarchy is fascinating but alien to me, and I don't know a lot about uniform...would an officer never be seen to 'unbend' in terms of uniform, even in the heat? (I know there were tropical whites).I can't see any badges of rank at all.
In those days, in working dress, it was usual to wear stripes on a removeable armband.
A warrant officer would wear his rank on his right wrist.
Thank you, that's interesting.Looking at photos taken during WW2 Maria I think the relationship between officers and their men was more relaxed than when I was in the army, (1957-1980).
During my time, officers were required to maintain a certain aloofness, although they could still be friendly and they were allways to appear properly dressed.. They were required to set an example, that was the point.
I'm not sure about WW2 but most Gunner officers had batmen right up to the end of National Service.