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Old 29-10-20, 07:10 AM
jf42 jf42 is offline
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As a side question: was there a specific function for DZ flashes for non-parachute battalions in the various airborne (etc) formations or is it more of a fashion leading on from Parachute regt practice? Now we accept as a matter of course TRF flashes on working uniforms as part of regimental, battalion and corps identity.

Should we perhaps see both DZ flashes and TRF as part of a continuum from C19th shoulder titles and the wealth of emblems worn on battle dress in its WW2 heyday?
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Old 29-10-20, 09:01 AM
Colin S Colin S is offline
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DZ flashes have a function in assisting parachute units assemble quickly on a drop zone. These units will be separated into different aircraft(“tactical loading”) for a drop to avoid the loss of one aircraft significantly affecting any one unit, and so individuals will be widely dispersed on a drop zone. On the DZ they enable you to identify other members of your unit quickly and follow them to your particular assembly point. Having said that, they are also yet another way of separating the airborne warriors from the ‘hats’ and are an ‘ally’ fashion statement! For a air-landing unit like the PWRR there is no real tactical need for them but they are worn for conformity within the brigade.

However, just like the TRFs now worn by the rest of the Army, DZ flashes enable soldiers to identify which other units they are dealing with when everyone is wearing a helmet, so they do have a practical purpose.

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