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The custom has been to award, to those units who took part, the right to display the name of a particular battle, campaign or war. Since the 17th century, units of the British and British Commonwealth Armed Forces, including their forebears of the Empire and the Dominions: ships, Regiments and Air Force squadrons, have been granted this right by authority of the soverign in order to commemorate meritorious participation in a notable action or campaign. Well known examples would include 'Blenheim', 'Dettingen', 'Malplaquet', 'Trafalgar', 'Waterloo', 'Inkerman', 'Somme', 'Normandy', 'El Alamein','Battle of Britain', 'North West Europe 1944-45'. They are a source of great pride to the units concerned, including those of the now independent Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand amongst others and they are displayed on unit colours, drums, badges etc. Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states, most of which were once governed by the United Kingdom and are its former colonies. ... Blenheim may refer to a number of towns and cities in different countries: Blenheim, a city in New Zealand. ... Dettingen is the name of several places in Germany: Municipalities Dettingen an der Erms in the district of Reutlingen in Baden-Württemberg Dettingen an der Iller in the district of Biberach in Baden-Württemberg Dettingen unter Teck in the district of Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg Parts of... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Belgium geography stubs ... Trafalgar can refer to: Cape Trafalgar in south west Spain The Battle of Trafalgar, fought near the cape. ... Many things bear the name Waterloo. ... Inkerman is a village in County Durham, in England. ... Somme is a French département named after the Somme River. ... Normandy is a geographical region in northern France. ... El Alamein is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coast. ... A major campaign of World War II, the Battle of Britain is the name for the attempt by Germanys Luftwaffe to gain control of British airspace and destroy the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... In the Royal Navy this is the name given to the flag raising ceremony that happens every day when a ship is in harbour - Colours! Face aft and salute. At the end of the ceremony the order Carry on is given. ...


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3rd Brigade WW2 Reenactors - Battle Honours of the Parachute Regiment (1164 words)
Emblazoned on the colours of each regiment are the names of battles fought from around the world.
These honours are awarded by the sovereign for the regiment's presence on the field of battle.
This is a battle honour awarded to all regiments who fought in the theatre.
Battle Honours - www.canadiansoldiers.com (1488 words)
Battle Honours were to be granted only to units in which the majority of a battalion or regiment was engaged (the headquarters and at least 50 fifty percent of the sub-units (rifle companies, cavalry squadrons or armoured squadrons).
Battle Honours won by a regiment were carried by the regiment as a whole, without regard to the battalion involved.
In Infantry Regiments, the honours are embroidered on the Regimental Colour.
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