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Old 22-03-20, 10:46 AM
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Default 141RAC - Buffs flash

The accompanying photograph is of Sgt Bert Buttall, 141st Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps - many thanks to his son Philip for his permission to post the photo.

The photo is of Bert and Sylvia on their wedding day 13 March 1944. I thought it would be of interest since it shows the wear of the Buffs buff/blue flash (BoBD 1443) in early 1944, note only on the right sleeve. There is also a terrific puzzle - it looks like he is wearing the RTR arm badge but from what I can glean of his service he had no relationship with the RTR. He joined up in July 1940 straight into the 7th Bn which was to become 141RAC so was a Buffs soldier throughout his wartime career. He served in the Intelligence Section of RHQ and became a Wireless Operator.

On the slight enlargement you can see from the top - RAC shoulder title; (looks like no RAC AoS being worn on either sleeve); Buffs flash; RTR arm badge or what else could this be??; sergeants' stripes.

Any thoughts on how he could be wearing the RTR badge?
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Old 22-03-20, 11:18 AM
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I can only suggest that the 141 wore the tank badge as they considered themselves armoured and did not see the badge as RTR.
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Old 22-03-20, 11:26 AM
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In 1946 a lot of Buffs were awaiting demob at SADE...Specialised Armoured Development Establishment.......
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Old 22-03-20, 11:41 AM
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I can only suggest that the 141 wore the tank badge as they considered themselves armoured and did not see the badge as RTR.
As a rule 141RAC didn't wear the RTR arm badge. I know there was a certain amount of illicit wear of the badge around the army and the RTR did try to police it from what I can gather.
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Old 22-03-20, 11:53 AM
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In 1946 a lot of Buffs were awaiting demob at SADE...Specialised Armoured Development Establishment.......
Somewhere in the War Diary is Operation REBUFF - the disbandment of the regiment late 45, over 150 men were transferred to SADE.
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Old 24-03-20, 10:34 PM
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SADE pics 1946/47
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