Anyone help with a bit of research please re. Service Battalions in WW1.? I post a picture of a WW1 soldier wearing the 'crossed rifle and pick' collar dogs. I have obtained a matching pair of these and they still bear traces of black paint. I have been told in some regiments officers badges were blackened, I can't believe that these dogs I have were dulled so not to shine because if so you would take them off; so, did officers wear blackened badges? I also post pic of the badges that I have, any ideas?