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Rank and Rate Volume II: Insignia of Royal Naval Ratings, WRNS, Royal Marines, QARNNS and Auxiliaries

By E. C. Coleman

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ISBN: 9781847973085
PUBLISHED: 20/02/2012
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 297x210 mm
INSIDE: 750 colour photographs & diagrams

With the exception of the royal marines, who adopted light infantry rank insignia from their earliest days, the Royal Navy was slow to introduce distinguishing rate badges for those serving on the 'lower deck'. Even when they were introduced, in 1853, the corresponding introduction of a uniform was still four years away. As for officers, the design and arrangement of buttons also played a part in distinguishing one rating from another.

In a unique compilation, the insignia worn since the mid-19th century by Royal Naval ratings, Royal Marines, the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, the Women's Royal Naval Service, the Merchant Navy, Auxiliaries, Volunteers, youth, and other maritime organisations, are brought together in a single volume.

In this book the stripes badges and buttons are catalogued separately in order of rank, rate and date of introduction. Where possible, actual examples are used and, where not, as accurate as possible a reproduction is shown. In addition, original photographs show the insignia being worn over the past 150 years.

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