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#4
Not wanting to be too much of a spotter but didn't the older staybright cap badge only have one lug on the Jimmy? Then the newer version came in with two lugs on to stop this happening?
 
#6
Not wanting to be too much of a spotter but didn't the older staybright cap badge only have one lug on the Jimmy? Then the newer version came in with two lugs on to stop this happening?
Think that's right - they were a right sod for snapping before that important mod.
 

Soggy4978

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#7
I have 3 capbadges in a drawer somewhere, all are missing an arm, never managed to get Jimmy legless though, he could always drink me under the table.
 
#8
Ha, what a classic! The badge was a pain in the 'arris on Exercise and I must have got through shed-loads in my youth. I remember an OR cloth version was brought in for a few years (NOT the WO1/Offr variant, but a much inferior, cheaper looking thing) in an attempt to combat the problem, but that also disappeared after few years. I vaguely recall the cloth badge being the initiative of one of the Sig Bde OC's or similar (a bit like the black polo necks brought in by an officer who shall remain nameless!).
Jimmy, Bless him, is definitely one of the most puny of cap badges - why couldn't Mercury have had legs like a prop forward?
Certa Cito!
 
#9
Jimmy has lost a leg,,oh dear,,pop to the shop and get a new one.....
Are you some sort of mentalist, the shop?
The RQ at 4ADSR was some mad man from a Cavalry unit who opened the stores based on the lunar calendar. If you were lucky to get past the hallowed gates you had the Spanish Inquisition as to your request of new, even if the arrse was hanging out of your combats. He would enquire as to how the tailoress could not "make good".

I had a pair of combats that had battery acid from a 432 all over them, I looked like a walking patchwork quilt with all the little squares stitched onto them.


I remember the cloth badges and the 211 black roll necks.

Did any of you ever see someone put the wrong collar dog in their beret or twat hat? I saw a Tech Sgt when I was in juniors do it for a parade. The Jock Guards CSM ripped him a new hole.
 
#10
No names, no pack drill, no unit, no timescale, but our new SSM marched into the MT compound to inspect the Sqn, to make an impression on his first day. It was a monday morning, sun shining, shirt-sleeve order and we were all on parade in our Troops. In he marched; immaculate, to take over the parade from the acting SSM (one of the Troopies). Seconds later, he had done a smart about turn and marched himself back to his office - he had left his wrist crown behind!! How we laughed!
 
#12
On my HGV couse at Leconsfield in 1989, a signalman had his modern-day Royal Signals cap badge swopped without his knowledge for a WW2 issue Royal Signals badge, where the Jimmy has a surround. It was only pointed out to this lad as we were lined up in the hangar for the morning parade. The parade was mostly made up of RCT, Army Air Corps, Royal Signals and WRAC, with a dozen or so other cap badges in there. The SSM in the hangar was RCT, and did not notice the badge. The Scaleyback got away with it.
 
#13
On my HGV couse at Leconsfield in 1989, a signalman had his modern-day Royal Signals cap badge swopped without his knowledge for a WW2 issue Royal Signals badge, where the Jimmy has a surround. It was only pointed out to this lad as we were lined up in the hangar for the morning parade. The parade was mostly made up of RCT, Army Air Corps, Royal Signals and WRAC, with a dozen or so other cap badges in there. The SSM in the hangar was RCT, and did not notice the badge. The Scaleyback got away with it.
Wow, you're a real prankster !!
 
#15
On my HGV couse at Leconsfield in 1989, a signalman had his modern-day Royal Signals cap badge swopped without his knowledge for a WW2 issue Royal Signals badge, where the Jimmy has a surround. It was only pointed out to this lad as we were lined up in the hangar for the morning parade. The parade was mostly made up of RCT, Army Air Corps, Royal Signals and WRAC, with a dozen or so other cap badges in there. The SSM in the hangar was RCT, and did not notice the badge. The Scaleyback got away with it.
Were you punched stupid by this Signalman?
 
#16
The problem with the "revised" two prong Jimmy was that the lower lug was just in the right place to put a massive dent in your forehead if you banged your bonce. Usually the top of a door in a wagon at o'dark o'clock with lights out. The older one didn't do it as badly as the single lug was a bit higher up. **** me, it hurt!
Or some twat commando punching him into the back of your swede. :)
 
#17
I remember the cloth badges and the 211 black roll necks.
There may be some people who read these boards who have the misfortune to remember the brilliant idea from the OC 204 Sig Sqn in the early eighties to have berets covered with face veils while on exercise. Not embarrassing in the least.

Strange really, as in all other respects he was a really good OC.
 
#18
There may be some people who read these boards who have the misfortune to remember the brilliant idea from the OC 204 Sig Sqn in the early eighties to have berets covered with face veils while on exercise. Not embarrassing in the least.

Strange really, as in all other respects he was a really good OC.
Did the Jimmys snap at said point when face veils were removed end ex?.
 
#19
I remember the backing plate with two holes being quite tall, I know people left the backing plate off completely and just had the split pin in. I seem to remember people using the collar dog backing for the beret too, as it was shorter and the hole sat pretty much on top of the back plate, I may have made this last bit up. It was a while ago.
 

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