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Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the march, 1918
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Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War

In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.

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Cap badge, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), c1898

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

This rifle unit was formed in 1881 and recruited in Lanarkshire, Dumfriesshire and Galloway. It served with the Army until 1968, when it chose to disband rather than be amalgamated.

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Cap badge, Royal Armoured Corps, 1942

Royal Armoured Corps

Formed in 1939, this acts as the overall corps for the armoured units of the British Army. Equipped with tanks and other armoured vehicles, its formations have fought in many campaigns, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Welsh Guards, c1990

The Welsh Guards

This foot guard regiment was formed in 1915. As well as guarding the monarch and carrying out ceremonial duties, it has served on active deployments with the British Army for over a century.

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Cap badge, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, c1930

The King's Own Scottish Borderers

This infantry regiment was formed in 1689 and recruited in the south-east of Scotland. Its long service continued until 2006, when it was merged into The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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The 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers with Achilles tank destroyers near Ferrara, April 1945

The battle for Italy

For almost two years during the Second World War (1939-45), the Allies fought a bitter struggle in Italy against a determined and skilful enemy. Far from being the ‘soft underbelly of Europe’, Italy became one of the war’s most exhausting campaigns.

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Cap badge, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, c1914

The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1793. It fought in many campaigns until 1961, when it was merged into The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).

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Cap badge, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s), c1914

The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It existed until 1961, when it was merged into The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).

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Glengarry badge, 72nd (Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders) Regiment, c1874

72nd Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders)

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1778. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated into The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s).

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Glengarry badge, 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot (Ross-shire Buffs), c1874

78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot (The Ross-shire Buffs)

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1793. It served with the British Army until the 1881 reforms, when it was amalgamated into The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s).

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Cap badge, The Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons), c1961

The Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons)

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1961. It served with the British Army until 1994, when it was amalgamated into The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons).

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Cap badge, 12th (Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers, c1902

12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1715. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1960, when it was merged into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s).

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Other ranks' cap badge, 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, c1902

9th Queen's Royal Lancers

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1715. It served in several campaigns until 1960, when it was merged into the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s).

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