8th Army Officers & NCOs

Discussion in 'Italy' started by Paul Reed, Feb 21, 2008.

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  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Got this photo on eBay recently. It was entitled "8th Army Italy". I suspect it is Northern Italy or Austria following the end of the conflict in Italy.

    Any ideas as to the cap badge on one of them?

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  2. Paul Reed

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    Close up of the badge:

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  3. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Looks like a 'Stringed Bugle' surmounted by a King's Crown, typical of a Light Infantry Regiment. Don't know which one though.
     
  4. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I dont know but they look very relieved. I'm sure after all the fighting they had to do that they would be!!
     
  5. Paul Reed

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    I wondered if it might be a Yeomanry badge? The officer in the middle has an RA badge, and some former Yeomanry units were converted to Field Regiments or Anti-Tank regiments.
     
  6. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    is it possible to get a close up on the officerrs head.yours,4th wilts.
     
  7. Paul Reed

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    Closer than already posted? I thought that was pretty close?
     
  8. Paul Reed

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    1800dpi scan of the badge. Not much better, I fear.
     

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  9. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    o.k ,cheers.
     
  10. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    What I thought was a bugle is a scroll. Quite right, it is a Yeomanry regt. transferred to the Royal Artillery. Most officers chose to wear their original cap badge after the transfer. This one is the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars. They became the 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment in 8th Corps.1922-They became Royal Artillery forming 399 and 400 Batteries of 100 (Worcestershire and Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Brigade. At the outbreak of World War 2 reformed to 63rd (Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery seeing service in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Far East. They were amongst the first British Territorial Army units into the War and amongst the first British troops into Belsen. Many of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry were Prisoners of War who worked on the famous Burma Railway. Following the War they reformed into the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve as 387 Field Regiment Royal Artillery in 1947 as Q Battery, 299 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry and Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars). Following the 1967 Government Defence Review the troops were absorbed into A Company, Oxfordshire Territorials.
     

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  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Well done Bod, reckon you've got it there.
     
  12. Paul Reed

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    Thanks Bod - certainly looks like it!
     
  13. WGWright

    WGWright Older Member

    58 Capt. Corbett-Thompson, Barlow, Maliff, Standway, with OP. Truck Silver Fox Mar'43.jpg I've made this offer before:
    My Dad took around 250 pics during his time with the Essex Yeomanry, RA and 8th Army from Egypt to Syria.
    Many pics are of his day to day life but others of his friends and comrades. Most have a date and a cryptic note on the back. It'd be nice to maybe get copies to the families of some of his comrades as I'm guessing nearly all have now died.
    Not sure how to go about listing the names of people or loading the pics to make them available to see.I have nearly all of them in digital form now that I've scanned them.
    An example here:
     
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