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Stupid question about Blackadder

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museumtom

I could not, for the life of me identify Catpain Blackadders cap badge, was it a makie upper badge or was it supposed to resemble any legitimate cap badge?

Please put me out of my misery.

regards.

Tom

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eviltaxman

Tom,

I don't know one cap badge from another (except maybe the Glosters - my local regiment). But the Blackadder badge did not look familiar to me.... is this the same pic you're juding it on?

Les

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museumtom

Not really. In the series he and Baldrick wore blackened badges and I could not make out their shape enough to try and identify them.

regards.

Tom

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Blackblue

I had a good close look at the DVD when I first got it as I was also intrigued by what regiment he may be. Could not ID the badges. I am pretty confident it is one which was manufactured for the series.

Rgds

Tim D

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museumtom

My thoughts exactly, but then someone might be able to ID them.

Tom.

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Landsturm

How about the red "I" insignia on the arm?

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DCLI

I see he also has a QSA and KSA and a very premature Star

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HarryBettsMCDCM

If you look closely @ the opening Titles of the early episodes where they {Baldrick etc;}are on the parade ground I think they were wearing Essex Regiment Badges,however the cap,etc; badges worn in the actual programme were a Ficticious Badge an amalgam of various regimental devices,eg: the Wreath,Three Turret Castle etc, :)

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

They are indeed Essex Regt although Baldrick wears 'RFA' shoulder titles :blink:

The band in the title scenes is the Pompadours that were the band of the then Royal Anglian Regt, of which the Essex Regt was one of the forerunners - so they did keep with that bit of tradition at least.

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SFayers

Also, as I'm sure many of you are aware, the opening credits were filmed at Colchester Barracks (hence the Essex Regt. cap badges for the occasion perhaps?).

Weren't 1914 stars issued sometime in 1917 and therefore correct for the setting of the series? (I'm sure one of the Pals can correct me here!)

I also seem to recall Lieutenant George had a military cross ribbon on his tunic. Did he do something incredibly brave or, as befitting his character, incredibly stupid to win this I wonder?!!

cheers

Steve

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DirtyDick

Could have been an Honours' List MC award from someone in Govt. for whom he used to fag whilst at school - and a French CdeG.

And how about General Melchett's impressive array of medals ... I bet he was combing women out them for weeks.

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HarryBettsMCDCM
And how about General Melchett's impressive array of medals ... I bet he was combing women out them for weeks.

Not Now Darling~~ Mmmmff! Captain Darling! :blink:

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BeppoSapone
Weren't 1914 stars issued sometime in 1917 and therefore correct for the setting of the series? (I'm sure one of the Pals can correct me here!)

Steve

Steve

IIRC the ribbons alone were issued in late 1917.

Some time ago I posted something about a Conscirentious Objector who wore his 1914 Star ribbon to his fourth DCM, and probably got extra time in the nick for taking the mick.

I will paste it below here, but see that I had written "somehow 'aquired' his 1914 Star ribbon between 26th and 28th October 1918". I have corrected this to 1917 in this re-post.

"One T Corder Catchpool of the Society of Friends was a Conscientious Objector in WW1 and was oversea's by late 1914. IIRC he actually returned to England from France to become a C.O. in 1916 because, although he was prepared to volunteer to serve oversea's, he strongly objected to compulsion.

Page 174 of the book "On Two Fronts" concerns his 4th D.C.M. of 26th October 1917, and enables one to see that he somehow 'aquired' his 1914 Star ribbon between 26th and 28th October 1917.

"When two days later he was 'read out' again he was wearing for the first time his 'Mons Ribbon' which had been awarded to him by the War Office in recognition of his work with the F.A.U. in 1914"

Corder Catchpool either didn't impress, or antagonised, the C/M as, wearing his ribbon, he was sentenced to 18 months "hard labour". This was three times as long as any of his previous sentences. Maybe it was when, in a passing reference to his 'Mons Star' ribbon he said: ..."I hold it a greater honour to have been called to witness for the cause of Peace, and for that I shall receive no ribbon."

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michaeldr

All present and correct?

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Guest C729LEE

Chaps

I thought they were in the Turnip Street Chums or the Cambridge Tiddly Winkers, before going off to bash the Boche. Did Strangely-Brown cop it sausage side or was he bowled a googly with the Aussies?

I remember the parade ground like it was yesterday, I've spent a bit of time in jolly Collie, for my sins.

L in L

(Escorting prisoners, before anyone gets the wrong idea)

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KGB

Devon and Dorset for cap badge? Thought Baldrick had RBA (?) on shoulder. The Red "1" as a divisional flash? I never watched before but tonight saw the episode "Corporal Punishment" where a Corporal (firing squad) wore an M.C. Shurely shome mishtake?

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rolt968

Devon and Dorset for cap badge? Thought Baldrick had RBA (?) on shoulder. The Red "1" as a divisional flash? I never watched before but tonight saw the episode "Corporal Punishment" where a Corporal (firing squad) wore an M.C. Shurely shome mishtake?

I also thought I saw the corporal's MC. Cashiered and re-enlisted or conscripted, perhaps?

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KGB

I also thought I saw the corporal's MC. Cashiered and re-enlisted or conscripted, perhaps?

Far more likely Tarquin the production assistant had no knowledge of the Great war. I was in a major (ish) production of "Journeys End" where the uniforms were all Brigade of Guards. Gee R.C Sherriff never mentioned that!

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MartH

Surely it's the 19th/45th East African Rifles.

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KGB

Surely it's the 19th/45th East African Rifles.

Absence of coconut trees?

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bill24chev

I also thought I saw the corporal's MC. Cashiered and re-enlisted or conscripted, perhaps?

or RSM or CSM working his way back up the rankings having been "Reduced to the ranks" :hypocrite:

but both scenarios unlikley and KGB's Post makes most sense

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k r jones

the blackadder goes forth cap badge is,RAVC cap badge,with the centre removed,and the collar badge of the USA engineers.

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