8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade NW Europe 1944

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Matt71, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Matt71

    Matt71 Member

    Hi all

    Just a quick question. I received this picture in my FB feed today. A beautifully coloured rendition. It's been niggling me, should the berets be green for the rifle brigade.

    I can see they have the green shoulder titles. I've had a goggle but cannot find a definitive answer.

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  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Motor Battalions were authorised to wear khaki berets so the colourist has got that right.
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  3. Matt71

    Matt71 Member

    Thanks idler.
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I posted the original on twitter today along with the war diary pages #JustSaying :D
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  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I meant to add: 1RB - 7 Armd Div's Motor Bn - wore a rifle green patch behind the badge. I think 8 RB did as well.
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  6. S54

    S54 Junior Member

    Anyone know what the V symbol means or is for on the guy’s beret who is sat front left?
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  7. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Nice detail! Hadn't noticed that before... and don't know what it is. Maybe some sort of souvenir given by civilian?
    Photo was taken in Heeze, Holland, 22 September 1944. They are E Company carriers, from 19 'Anti-tank' Platoon. In front the barrel of a 6-Pounder Anti-Tank gun can be seen. Standing in the back of the carrier is L/Cpl S. Bates. House on left still exists.

    For more on 8th Rifle Brigade, have a look at my website: Home - 8th Rifle Brigade .
    21.03 - A_carrier_crew_of_8th_Rifle_Brigade - B10245 - cut.jpg
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  8. Richard Fisher

    Richard Fisher Machine Gunner

    It looks like the badge backing for the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. The 4th Bn provided the Independent Machine Gun Companies for the Armoured Divisions so maybe this is a reluctant tranferee carrier driver for some reason?
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