Are current commonwealth/colonial troops allowed to wear their country flash on uniforms the way they used to? (like the Canadian uniform below) It's not important but as someone from Bermuda, I just wondered if it was possible.
The national shoulder flashes were (and in some cases still are) worn by servicemen and women of Independant Commonwealth Forces in their own right, not commonwealth members who happened to join the UK Forces. It was just convienience that UK style uniforms were adopted by countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand (East Tasmania ) during the World Wars...
If F&C troops start wearing national identifier mudguards, then the rest of us should as well. "England" on mine. Or "Great Britain" or at the very least "None Of Your ******* Business Where I Was Born, Tosspot". The latter may need to be over a few lines though because my shoulders ain't that big.
It was my understanding that the flashes were developed during WWII for esprit de corps, promoting the fact that our colonials had answered the call of mummy, and most importantly to stop over zealous Home Guard from slotting Saffas and Poles in the belief that their accent was Bavaria not Bloemfontein or Poznan. Now we have Walkabout Pubs, Neighbours and Home and Away, the Rugby World Cup and Blonde people fixing our drains, whilst at the same time our enemies have beards and Dish Dashes we are no longer likely to slot the wrong chappie. Thus the need for the flashes is Redundant.
Not quite true as the Kiwis generally only wear the NZ flash on their service dress. The only other time they wear the flash on other uniforms is when they are serving overseas. As for being mistaken for Australians that is easy, the Kiwis do not usually have chips on both shoulders as the Austalians do!