At the moment I am preparing a paper on military identity for publication next year and I am hoping that someone might be able to help with my research.
I am interested in the specialist badges and insignia that soldiers have worn, for example those used by the US army in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
However any information on similar insignia used by those of other armies at other periods would be equally welcome.
What I am after is any official explanation for their origin and or purpose.
So for instance, why is it deemed necessary that a cook should wear a badge with a little cooks hat on it? Or why does a trumpeter wear a badge with a trumpet on?
The answer might seem obvious but I have been asking this question for several years and have never been given a straightforward answer.
If anyone knows that there is a reference in any particular manual which states something like "a cook should wear a badge with a cooks hat on it because........ ", then that is the type of historic source and explanation that I am after.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
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