Armies of Crecy and Poitiers (Men-At-Arms Series, No 111) by Christopher Rothero

By Christopher Rothero

A mix of dynastic disputes, feudal quibbles, exchange disagreements and ancient antagonism led to the hole of the Hundred Years battle in 1337. the 1st significant English land victory during this clash was once the conflict of Crécy. This pitted the French military, then thought of the simplest in Europe, opposed to the English less than King Edward III. The conflict tested the longbow as probably the most feared guns of the medieval interval, a name strengthened on the bloody conflict of Poitiers the place a lot of the French the Aristocracy was once slaughtered and their king captured through the English host.

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Ofticas wore black shoulderboards on their khaki jackets, which were worn over lighterc o 1 o d khaki shirta and ties. These had a gold stripe running from the button next to the neck to the shoulder seam. Lieutenants and captains wore one, two and three silver 'pip' (in the shape of plum blossoms) on a plain gold stripe; majors and &neb, one, two and thtae pip on more elaborate gold stripes; and generals, two three, four and five small pips on an even more elaborate gold stripe. By 1968,with a greatly enlarged m y , NCO chevrons were changed, with three chevrons g & g to the new rank ofsergurnt h a t daas.

1986 - . 1. Sergesol, Royal A u s t r d i ~ nRegimenl, 1969 1. 1st Lieutenmi Royal Australian h o u r e d Regiment. 1969 3. h p e r . US Annos I969 1. Chief Warrant OfRmr, US 1st Cavalry Div. IAinnobileI. 1970 1. Enlietcd man. North-V Amy. 1976 2. Colonel-DencnLN a t h V h w m s e Army. 1976 s. Macine. North V k b m n A~m y . 1976 1st Marine Division organized a number of the hot' chanh into the 'Kit CScouts', a unit designed to perform recomahnce work. The programme worked out so well that in September 1967 General Westmoreland ordered all US divisions, Army and Marine, to oganizc similar units.

Insignia were rarely worn, although division shoulder patches were worn by some Scouts, while others won special flash= One group headquartered in Tri Ton in rg6g-p wore subdued MACV patches with the black block letten 'KCS' at the top and the town name at the bottom; in 1971 they changed to black Rashes bordered red with the worda 'w ~ A B W N acorn* in two lines, on the left 'TRITON' and the right 'CHAW DOC', both also in two lines. sometimes wore olive gram name tags over their right pockets and dive green tags with the letten 'KCS' ovu their left pockets.

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