Apologies if this has been on before, just saw it in the Torygraph and thiught it would be of interest. Regards LH Regiment's 'strangled chicken' badge rejected By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 18/12/2005) Defence chiefs have ordered senior officers of one of the Army's newest regiments to redesign its cap badge because it is not traditional enough. The Ministry of Defence has ruled that while it is acceptable to terminate centuries of tradition by amalgamating some of the Army's oldest infantry battalions, the new regiment's badge is unacceptable because there is "no historical precedent" for its existence. The 'strangled chicken' badge The badge was selected by the senior officers of the three infantry battalions - the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, Cheshire and Staffordshire Regiments - which will form the Mercian Regiment in June 2007. The three battalions are being amalgamated as part of a process known as the Future Infantry Structure, a controversial plan to merge single-battalion regiments into larger units in an attempt to boost efficient. Earlier this year, the regimental elders of the three infantry units decided to adopt the badge of the Mercian Brigade which briefly existed in the late 1960s and was composed of some units destined to be merged into the Mercian Regiment. It also became the badge of the Mercian Volunteers, a territorial unit which remained when the Mercian Brigade disbanded. While the badge, which consists of a double-headed eagle and a Saxon crown, was regarded by officers as not being particularly attractive, it was deemed the best compromise as it had a historical connection with all three units. The decision to reject the badge was made by the Army Dress Committee. It is understood that the committee ruled it was "unacceptable" for a new regiment to adopt a badge that had been used by a territorial battalion because of the lack of precedent. The committee also felt that the badge was too similar to the cap badge of the Queen's Dragoon Guards, which also has a double-headed eagle. Patrick Mercer, a Tory MP and a former commanding officer of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, said he was "partly pleased" that the badge had been rejected because it looked like a "ghastly strangled chicken". He added: "The badge is not attractive but it is probably the best compromise."