Why the Cypress green beret?

#1
I have asked numerous people this question, and yet after ten months no one has managed to answer it?

Does anyone know the real reason behind the Cypress green Beret?
 
#2
Battle honour for the various diseases the RAMC had to get to grips with (so to speak) out there? Personally, i had a UN blue one (my tadger never quite made it to green / black / fall off stage :)
 
#4
Shenda said:
I have asked numerous people this question, and yet after ten months no one has managed to answer it?

Does anyone know the real reason behind the Cyprus green Beret?
I think you'll find it's CYPRESS which is a kind of tree with very green foliage.Sacred to Hermes,god of spies,whores and tricksters

It is also the most common cemetery tree in the western world and has associations with death and mourning.
 
#6
galgenberg said:
Shenda said:
I have asked numerous people this question, and yet after ten months no one has managed to answer it?

Does anyone know the real reason behind the Cyprus green Beret?
I think you'll find it's CYPRESS which is a kind of tree with very green foliage.Sacred to Hermes,god of spies,whores and tricksters

It is also the most common cemetery tree in the western world and has associations with death and mourning.
Apologies, yes you are correct! Cypress!
 
#7
After the switch to the cypress green lid, apparently the DofE arrived at Ashford resplendent in his new Int Corps beret, to be met by the chief slimer. "Sorry about the new beret sir" quoth he, "I don't know what ee-jit chose the colour!"

"I did" came the reply.

Warning: Might not be true
 
#9
I would imagine the int corps adopted it as their beret colour from greek mythology as it was sacred to Hades, the king of the underworld. He was also supposed to have a magical helm that rendered the wearer invisible which he often lent out on one occasion to Perseus so he could kill Medusa, hence the association with sneaky beaky shit. Ok I dont really know but that sounds good.
 
#10
Minnesota_Viking said:
I rue the day I had stop wearing my pullover and then later my side hat. And I bet you didn't know that 7 Int Coy once had to wear cypress green cravats!
Yeah, with your Dove Grey smoking jackets and fluffy slippers... :wink:
 
#11
Isn't the colour meant to pay homage to the baize on the snooker/billiards table in the Residency at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny, from which bits of uniform were made by the defenders?

Of course, I may be mixing it up with something I read in Flashman... :roll:
 
#12
It was a magical day that the AGC (SPS) also started to wear the Cypress Green beret, especially at Thiepval Bks where many of them dulled it down with boot polish, unless you were really close up they looked like they were badged Int Corps. I think one of the words used to discribe them was 'Throbbers'.
 
#13
The colour comes from the days of the Field Security Police of WW2. In the early days of their existance they were a wing of the CMP. Each wing wore different cap covers:

Provost = Red
Vulnerbale Points = Blue
Traffic Control = White
Field Security = Green

When the FSP were taken into the INT CORPS the green colour went with them.

The colour green was also associated with intelligence in the Great War. Int officers wore a green armband.
 
#14
Cypress Green - from the gorget patches and hat bands of the Intelligence staff in WW1
French Grey - from the armbands worn by INT CORPS soldiers during WW2
Scarlet - for secrecy
 
#15
Not Int Corps but a bit of a spotter and daring to be sensible in this post


I believe it was to do with the original Int Officers who wore their own regimental accroutments but also wore green tabs on their lapels. Why Cypress green ? I'll go with the mythology just look at the SRR cap badge
 
#16
gallowglass said:
Isn't the colour meant to pay homage to the baize on the snooker/billiards table in the Residency at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny, from which bits of uniform were made by the defenders?

Of course, I may be mixing it up with something I read in Flashman... :roll:
That was a story started by the late great Howie Eaton! There's a bizarre uniform in the Museum's back room, with a card attached, detailing the whole story. :wink:
 
#18
I miss those days of wearing a dark blue beret and carrying a mixed handful of cap-badges in my pocket so as to avoid awkward questions on Ex by simply becoming RCT or REME Lance Jack.
 
#19
rebel_with_a_cause said:
I miss those days of wearing a dark blue beret and carrying a mixed handful of cap-badges in my pocket so as to avoid awkward questions on Ex by simply becoming RCT or REME Lance Jack.
You were the jackest chaplain in BAOR weren't you, your reverence?
 
#20
Cuddles said:
rebel_with_a_cause said:
I miss those days of wearing a dark blue beret and carrying a mixed handful of cap-badges in my pocket so as to avoid awkward questions on Ex by simply becoming RCT or REME Lance Jack.
You were the jackest chaplain in BAOR weren't you, your reverence?
Only on that one occasion, honest.
 
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