By Mike Chappell
Via the hot yr of 1940 the struggle place of work had agreed in precept to (a) the enhancement of officers' badges of rank with textile within the color of the arm-of-service; (b) strips of material within the similar colors to be worn on the best of the sleeves by means of all ranks; and (c) the donning of regimental flashes on Battledress. And so the principles for the donning of conflict insignia through the British military have been validated. How some distance they have been obeyed and the way usually they have been overlooked becomes seen to someone analyzing Mike Chappell's superb significant other paintings to Men-At-Arms 182.
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AKS-74 assault rifle with an under-barrel BG-15 'personalised' with flowers on the butt, and carries 40mm grenade launcher. ammunition in green drab webbing 'ChiCom'-style H2: Hamid Walid; Wardak province, 1981 DRA elite troops, almost certainly Commandos, wearing a splinter-pattern camouflage uniform in drab sand, light redbrown and sage green, with a badgeless maroon beret; see Plate F3. (In a country as poor as Afghanistan even a simple ball-point pen is prized, and to wear one in the pocket is a proud sign of literacy.
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