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Old 20-08-14, 05:08 PM
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The Armour at CAD Kineton did mine with 'Weapon Black' the paint used to touch up or finish weapons that were worn to the metal, as it was hard wearing.

I regard any badge that was worn in service as collectable, be it a Prototype, Issued & Approved, PRI Specials, or sold by the Garrison Militaria Shop. As well as local produced examples such as Indian Cast etc. Badges painted or supplied Black for Service in N.I. included.

Note: My collecting criteria may not be the same or as tightly defined as some! for a start its limited to one Corps! which means easier to research
I believe one makes an individual choice as to what's collectible or not. After all, in many cases what's in this year is out the next.
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Old 20-08-14, 05:21 PM
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So true, but once its in my collection, its in, if proven to be fake, I still keep it as an example!
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Old 20-08-14, 05:27 PM
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So true, but once its in my collection, its in, if proven to be fake, I still keep it as an example!
Best way in my opinion. At least you still get some satisfaction. Others may not agree though.
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Just had a look for dates regarding 3RTR in Ulster, "The History of the Tank Regiment" states 1973 then a second tour 1974 to 1975 so the black badge must have made an appearance around that time.
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Just had a look for dates regarding 3RTR in Ulster, "The History of the Tank Regiment" states 1973 then a second tour 1974 to 1975 so the black badge must have made an appearance around that time.
I can't remember that far back, I was still a cadet then. All I know for sure is we were wearing gilt badges in 1979, although some units had changed to blackened ones. I transferred to QRIH that year. By 1983 when our first detachment was going to NI as PGF (Maze) they blackened their badges. When I transferred back to the UDR in 85 I was issued one gilt and one blackened badge.
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My remarks were only intended to refer to QRL

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On OCA days I have clearly seen brethren of the 8th KRIH wearing a pure black beret (note - pure black, not dark blue) and I'm aware that this was an issue item to all armoured cavalry from 1939 onwards until various regimental colonels started introducing coloured berets.

The Observer Corps wore black berets too, with RAF blue uniforms.

The IRA wear black berets too

EDIT: http://www.1rtr.net/blackberet.html confirms that the entire Royal Armoured Corps wore black berets from 1940 onwards. The current schedule for the wearing of black berets is:

Royal Tank Regiment
W (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron
Royal Yeomanry
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