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Breaking boundaries

During the Second World War women took on increasingly diverse roles. But, like their First World War predecessors, they were still prevented from fighting.

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Cap badge, 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards), c1963

3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards)

This armoured unit was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1971, when it was merged into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks' cap badge, 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards, c1900

3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's)

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1685. It continued in British Army service until 1922, when it was merged into the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards).

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Cap badge, 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers), c1902

6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)

This cavalry unit was raised in 1685. It had a long and distinguished service with the British Army until 1922, when it was merged into the 3rd Carabiniers (Princess of Wales's Dragoon Guards).

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The King’s Royal Hussars, 1993

The King's Royal Hussars

This armoured regiment was formed in 1992. Equipped with Challenger 2 main battle tanks, it has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Queen's Royal Hussars, c1993

The Queen's Royal Hussars

This is the British Army’s most senior armoured regiment. It was formed in 1993 and has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's), c1990

The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)

This infantry regiment was formed in 1959. It served with the British Army until 2007, when it became part of The Mercian Regiment.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Durham Light Infantry, c1914

The Durham Light Infantry

This infantry unit was formed during the 1881 reforms. It continued in British Army service until 1968, when it was amalgamated into The Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), c1874

68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)

This infantry unit was raised in 1758. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into The Durham Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 106th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Light Infantry), c1874

106th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Light Infantry)

This infantry unit was raised for the East India Company’s army in 1839, but joined the British Army in 1862. It served until the 1881 reforms when it was merged into The Durham Light Infantry.

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Glengarry badge, 26th (The Cameronians) Regiment of Foot, c1874

26th (The Cameronians) Regiment of Foot

This Scottish infantry unit was raised in 1688. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

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Glengarry badge, 90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Regiment, c1874

90th Regiment of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry)

This Scottish infantry unit was raised in 1794. It served until the 1881 Army reforms, when it was merged into The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

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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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