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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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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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Cap badge, 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s), c1960

9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

This armoured regiment was formed in 1960. It served with the British Army until 2015, when it was merged into The Royal Lancers.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Gordon Highlanders, c1913

The Gordon Highlanders

This infantry regiment was formed in 1881 and recruited in north-eastern Scotland. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1994, when it was merged into The Highlanders.

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Glengarry badge, 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot, c1874

75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1787 and recruited in Stirlingshire. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The Gordon Highlanders.

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Glengarry badge, 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment, c1874

92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot

This Scottish infantry regiment was formed in 1794 and recruited in Aberdeenshire. It served in several British Army campaigns until 1881, when it was merged into The Gordon Highlanders.

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Officers' cap badge, 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers, c1980

16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers

This armoured regiment was formed in 1922 by merging two cavalry units. It fought in several campaigns until 1993, when it became part of The Queen’s Royal Lancers.

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Cap badge, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, c1903

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

This cavalry regiment had an interrupted history. Raised in 1689, disbanded in 1799 and formed again in 1858, it served in several campaigns until 1922, when it was merged into the 16th/5th Lancers.

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A Mahsud tribesmen, c1919

The Third Afghan War and the Revolt in Waziristan

In May 1919, conflict broke out between British India and Afghanistan. Although peace was quickly agreed, the violence spread to the North West Frontier, challenging British control of that region.

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Cap badge, 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers, c1900

16th (The Queen's) Lancers

This cavalry regiment was raised in 1759. It served in many British Army campaigns around the world until 1922, when it was merged into the 16th/5th Lancers.

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