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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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Other ranks' bearskin badge, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, c1902

The Royal Scots Fusiliers

This infantry regiment was raised in 1678 and recruited in south-west Scotland. It fought in many campaigns until 1959, when it was merged into The Royal Highland Fusiliers.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, c1900

4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1685. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge, 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards, c1900

7th (The Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1688. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards.

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Badge, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, c1968

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

This armoured regiment was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge of The Royal Dragoon Guards, c1992

The Royal Dragoon Guards

This cavalry unit was formed in 1992 and operates as an armoured reconnaissance force. It has served in several deployments, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Royal Logistic Corps, c1993

Royal Logistic Corps

Formed in 1993, this is the British Army’s largest corps. It sustains military operations around the world by moving men, equipment and supplies on land, sea and air.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Queen’s Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards), c1920

The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards)

This cavalry regiment was formed in 1685. It fought in many British Army campaigns until 1959, when it was merged into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks' cap badge, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, c1904

1st King's Dragoon Guards

This unit was the senior line cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1685 and had a long and distinguished history until 1959, when it was merged into the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, c1965

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

This unit is the senior regiment of the line in the British Army. It was formed in 1959 as an armoured reconnaissance regiment by merging two existing dragoon guards regiments.

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Cap badge, The Pioneer Corps, c1943

Royal Pioneer Corps

This British Army corps was responsible for light engineering tasks. Although formed in 1939, several previous units had existed that performed similar roles. It was amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993.

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Cap badge of The Royal Horse Guards, c1914

The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

This cavalry unit was formed in 1650 and was the second-most senior regiment of the British Army. It served for over 300 years until 1969, when it was merged into The Blues and Royals.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 1st The Royal Dragoons, c1935

The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons)

This unit was raised in 1661, making it one of the oldest cavalry regiments in British Army history. It served in many campaigns until 1969, when it was merged into The Blues and Royals.

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