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The war on glamour

During the Second World War, the Army relied on women to perform essential military roles. But some of the tactics used to recruit new members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) proved highly controversial.

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Collar badge, The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment, 1961

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment

This short-lived infantry regiment was formed in 1959. It served with the British Army until 1966, when it was merged into The Queen’s Regiment.

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Tribesmen from Kohistan, a region north-east of Kabul, c1842

First Afghan War

Between 1839 and 1842, British imperial forces fought a bitter war in Afghanistan. Initially successful, the British eventually withdrew having suffered one of the worst military disasters of the 19th century.

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Cap badge, The Gloucestershire Regiment, c1930

The Gloucestershire Regiment

This infantry unit was raised in 1881. It served with the British Army until 1994, when it was merged into The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.

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Shako plate, 28th (The North Gloucestershire) Regiment, c1870

28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was originally raised in 1694. It served in many British Army campaigns until 1881, when it became part of The Gloucestershire Regiment.

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Women's work?

Women's work?

Discover how women’s contributions to the British Army have helped bring about change over the past 100 years. And see how Army recruiters have adapted their messaging accordingly.

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Glengarry badge, 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1758. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1881, when it became part of The Gloucestershire Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, c1994

The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

This infantry unit was formed in 1994. It continued in British Army service until 2007, when it became part of The Rifles.

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Collar badge, The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment, c1980

The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

This infantry unit was formed in 1959. It continued in British Army service until 1994, when it became part of The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment.

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Cap badge, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's), c1940

The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 Army reforms. It served until 1959, when it was merged into The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire).

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Glengarry badge, 49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) (or Hertfordshire) Regiment, c1874

49th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1743. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment).

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot

This infantry unit was raised in 1758. It continued in British Army service until 1881, when it was merged into The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Berkshire Regiment).

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Collar badge of The Ulster Defence Regiment, c1970

The Ulster Defence Regiment

This infantry unit was formed in 1970. It served in Northern Ireland until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Irish Regiment.

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