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21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:13:07 AM »
I recently added the title to go with a Special Air service wing of the same period.  Lots of fakes of these about so I was very pleased to add the genuine title for a bargain price.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 02:00:40 AM »
After the above, C. 1956 to 1965 the SAS wore the Special Air Service over Artists titles and early on during this period they stopped wearing Artist on the titles.  Early on they did this by cutting the Artists off of the bottom of the title, which can be seen from this leaving a slight arc and a ragged edge to the bottom of the titles.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 02:03:21 AM »
Later in this period the SAS switched to titles without the Artists on them.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 03:04:37 AM »
C. late 1960's to early 1980's SAS wings.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 01:13:16 PM »
Ill ask the question Jerry !

Artists ?????
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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 02:55:52 PM »
Ill ask the question Jerry !

Artists ?????

The Artists Rifles

The regiment was formed in 1859, part of the widespread volunteer movement which developed in the face of potential French invasion after Felice Orsini's attack on Napoleon III was linked to Britain.  The group was organised in London by Edward Sterling, an art student, and comprised various professional painters, musicians, actors, architects and others involved in creative endeavours; a profile it strove to maintain for some years. It was established on 28 February 1860 as the 38th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle Volunteer Corps, with headquarters at Burlington House.  Its first commanders were the painters Henry Wyndham Phillips and Frederic Leighton. The unit's badge, designed by J. W. Wyon, shows the heads of the Roman gods Mars and Minerva in profile

In September 1880, the corps became the 20th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle Volunteer Corps, with headquarters at Duke's Road, off Euston Road, London (now The Place, home of the Contemporary Dance Trust). It formed the 7th Volunteer Battalion of the Rifle Brigade from 1881 until 1891 and the 6th Volunteer Battalion from 1892 to 1908. During this period, The Artists Rifles fought in the Second Boer War as part of the City Imperial Volunteers.

Following the formation of the Territorial Force, the Artists Rifles was one of 26 volunteer battalions in the London and Middlesex areas that combined to form the new London Regiment.  It became the 28th (County of London) Battalion of The London Regiment on 1 April 1908.

It particularly attracted recruits from public schools and universities; on this basis, following the outbreak of the First World War, a number of enlisted members of The Artists Rifles were selected to be officers in other units of the 7th Division.  This exercise was so successful that, early in 1915, selected Artists officers and NCOs were transferred to run a separate Officers Training Corps, in which poet Wilfred Owen trained before posting to the Manchester Regiment.

n the early 1920s, the unit was reconstituted as an infantry regiment within the Territorial Army, as the 28th County of London Regiment.  The regiment was not deployed during the Second World War, functioning again as an Officers Training Corps throughout the war.

History as 21 Special Air Service Regiment (Artists) (Reserve)

It was disbanded in 1945, but reformed in The Rifle Brigade in January 1947 and transferred to The Army Air Corps in July as the 21st Special Air Service Regiment (Artists Rifles).[2] The number 21 SAS was chosen to perpetuate two disbanded wartime regiments 1 SAS and 2 SAS, with the 1 and the 2 being reversed into 21. The unit was active during the Malayan Emergency and in many subsequent conflicts. In 1952, members of The Artists Rifles who had been involved in special operations in Malaya formed 22 SAS Regiment, the regular special forces regiment the only time a Territorial Army unit has been used to form a unit in the Regular Army.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2017, 03:36:16 AM »
1955 dated picture of the Special Air Service over (Artists) title in wear, along with the SAS winged dagger armbadge (a short lived practice) which which was also the cap badge.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2017, 03:41:39 AM »
1980's-1990's wing, very slightly different to the 1960's-80's wing and more so again from the late 1940's to mid 50's wing.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2017, 03:45:53 AM »
Beret and arm worn winged dagger cloth badge.

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2017, 06:33:30 AM »
Great information and impressive looking insignia

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Re: 21st SAS (Artists) title 1947-54
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 08:27:36 AM »
Officers Silver & gilt dress cap badge, I think only worn for one year, in 1953.

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