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By Leroy Thompson

The achievements of the world's forces have motivated the production of quite a number badges and insignia, reflecting the mind's eye, aptitude and struggling with spirit of these exact devices. a range of badges from 39 international locations is illustrated during this booklet.

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These sort of men be those that do not lightly quit the field, but bide the brunt to the death,' observed Nowell. ' Stanihurst described them in 1584 as 'altogether sanguinary and by no means inclined to give quarter', elsewhere adding that 'should they come to close fighting, they either soon kill, or are killed'. This he puts down to the fact that upon recruitment each galloglass swore a great oath that he would never turn his back on the enemy, whatever the circumstances. Certainly, of the nine battles of galloglasses fielded by Burke at the Battle of Knockdoe there escaped 'but one thin battalion'.

Neither did I ever see them perform anything with bold resolution. ' Elsewhere he accuses them of 'basely withdrawing from danger' when threatened, 39 and of giving little help to their infantry, citing the Battle of Kinsale where they broke their own foot in their haste to get away. By contrast he observes that 'our English horsemen, having deep war saddles and using pistols as well as spears and swords, and many of them having corselets and like defensive arms, and being bold and strong for encounters and long marches, and of greater stature than the Irish, our troops must needs have great advantage over theirs'.

205 US Army Combat Equipts. 234 German Combat Equipts. 157 Flak Jackets 123 Australian Army 1899-1975 164 Canadian Army at War 161 Spanish Foreign Legion 197 Royal Canadian Mounted Police An unrivalled source of information on the uniforms, insignia and appearance of the world's fighting men of past and present. The Men-at-Arms titles cover subjects as diverse as the Imperial Roman army, the Napoleonic wars and German airborne troops in a popular 48-page format including some 40 photographs and diagrams, and eight full-colour plates.

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