Tactical Recognition Flash
An excellent example of WAGI. For years following WW2 the British Army gradually eschewed the idea of festooning their field clothing in brightly coloured badges, preferring to put the individual unit's identity on subdued and easily removable slides - worn on either the shoulder epaulettes or, more recently with the advent of CS95, on the front.
Prior to the onset of the TRF malaise, the only units that had any insignia extra to rank patches/slides on their smocks were the airborne bunch with their wings and natty DZ flashes, the odd Combined Ops outfit, Air Dispatchers and the EOD fraternity with their well-earned bomb badges.
Unfortunately, for some, this is far too simple and a whole system that went out with the ark was reintroduced; and of consequence TRFs abound in varying shades, colours and hues; denoting brigade and parent unit in all manner of both traditional and whimsical designs.
To add insult to the seemingly never ending fuck about of removing and re-sewing badges, TRFs are non-issue and are purchased from soldiers' own funds - though there is some discrepancy between units.
On the whole, they weren't really needed. They aren't liked and they're largely pointless due mostly to soldiers wearing different coloured hats with badges on them that tells the rest of the Army exactly who you are and what you do. All the more reason to keep them then?
|The Blues and Royals and The Life Guards|
|Royal Armoured Corps|
|Queen's Dragoon Guards||Royal Scots Dragoon Guards||Royal Dragoon Guards|
|Queen's Royal Hussars||9th/12th Royal Lancers||King's Royal Hussars|
|Light Dragoons||Queen's Royal Lancers|
|The Royal Tank Regiment|
1st and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
|Royal Yeomany||Queen's Own Yeomanry||Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry|
|Royal Wessex Yeomanry|
Grendier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards
|Line Infantry and Rifles|
|Royal Regiment of Scotland||Princess of Wales's Regiment||Duke of Lancaster's Regiment|
|Royal Regiment of Fusiliers||Royal Anglian Regiment (1st Battalion)||Royal Anglian Regiment (2nd Battalion)|
|Royal Anglian Regiment (3rd Battalion)||Yorkshire Regiment||Royal Welsh|
|Mercian Regiment||Royal Irish||The Parachute Regiment (DZ Patches)|
|Royal Gurkha Rifles||The Rifles|
|NO INFO AVAILABLE Special Air Service||NO INFO AVAILABLE Special Recconnaisance Service|
|Support and Services|
|Royal Artillery||Royal Engineers||Royal Signals Corps|
|NO INFO AVAILABLE Army Air Corps||NO BADGE ISSUED Intelligence Corps|
|Royal Army Dental Corps||Royal Army Medical Corps||Royal Army Veterinary Corps|
|Royal Logistic Corps||Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers||Adjutant General's Corps (SPS Branch shown, other flashes are issued for neccessary branch, ie. MPGS, ETS, ALS)|
|Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps||NO INFO AVAILABLE Royal Army Chaplains Corps||Army Physical Training Corps|
|NO INFO AVAILABLE Small Arms School Corps||NO INFO AVAILABLE Corps of Army Music||NO BADGE ISSUED General Service Corps|
|Other Branches of the Armed Forces|
|Royal Air Force||Royal Navy|
|The Pathfinder Platoon||13 Air Assault Support Regt RLC||7 Air Assault Bn REME|
|9 Regt AAC|
Please Note: Where No Info Available is shown, the writer has not been able to find conclusive information either way, concering a flash being issued. If you are a member of one of the regiments unrepresented with a flash, please feel free to insert your own, or send me (dhgrainger1) a picture if you're unsure of how.