WWI era British Border Regiment cap badge (lot #8)
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You are viewing the scans for the eighth of a number of British Border Regiment cap badges we have presently in stock. They run from the 1787 period of army reformation through to post WWII. This badge is a WWI era piece as shown by the typical type of double tang arrangement. An nice chocolate brown copper color with Battle Honors clearly shown. It has both original pointed tang type attachments, but one has come loose, but is still there, under the tape.
In WWII, the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment was part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in Europe from 1939-1940. Originally part of the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was later became part of the 125th Infantry Brigade, alongside the 1/5th and 1/6th Lancashire Fusiliers, of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Infantry Division. They wre among those evacuated from Dunkirk. After returning to the United Kingdom, the battalion was trained in mountain warfare.as the 31st Independent Infantry Brigade. In 1941, this brigade was selected to become glider infantry and became the 1st Glider Brigade, part of the 1st Airborne Division. They took part in the invasion of Sicily in Operation Ladbroke, in which the battalion suffered heavy casualties with some gliders being cast off too early due to inexperienced pilots and, as a result, many men were drowned before they could make landfall. As expected, due to high casualty rates, the brigade did not participate in the invasion of Italy but was returned to the United Kingdom. In September 1944, they participated in Monty's folly; Operation Market Garden. The 1st Airborne Division was all but destroyed. The battalion did not see active service for the rest of the war. The 2nd Battalion was serving in British India on the outbreak of war. In 1942. After being transferred to Ceylon, they later took part in "Ordy Wingate's Circus", the Burma Campaign, along with the 20th Indian Infantry Division. In April 1945, the battalion was transferred to the 36th British Infantry Division, which was previously a Indian Army formation, and became the Reconnaissance Regiment for the division. They returned to England later in 1945. . .