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Faithful reproduction of the Glengarry headdress worn by the members of the British Army's Gordon Highlanders, in the same crown variations of the World Wars. Despite it's Scottish origins, the Glengarry bonnet was the standard "undress" cap for all British and Imperial troops throughout latter half of the 19th century as a replacement to the early Kilmarnock (alternatively called a "Balmoral") bonnet. It was worn by Victorian era troops in garrison when a shako or pith helmet was not required. Upon it's replacement by the universally hated (and distinctively German looking) Broderick caps outside of Highland regiments, the Glengarry was immediately clamored for again by the British Army. It would take many decades, but the would later army adopt the 1937 pattern field service hats off the Glengarry's distinctive "wedge" shape.
The Gordon Highlanders was formed as part of the Childer's Reform amalgamations in 1881. They first served through various Victorian campaigns as the shock troops of the British Empire, seeing action from Egypt to South Africa. At the out break of the Great War, they were among the first British troops sent to the Western Front, suffering massive losses among it's battalions in France, Italy and Belgium. In the Second World War, they would again be the "first-in" shock troops of the British Army, fighting from the first battles in France in 1939 and Singapore in 1942, until the defeat of the Gothic Line and capture of Rangoon in 1945. They continued their service as Britain's front line Highlanders through Malaya, Cyprus and Northern Ireland until the regiment was disbanded in 1994 as part of the overall Cold War drawdown.
The Glengarry itself is constructed from the correct black and red-white dicing, with a black cockade, red toorie on top, and dual ribbons flowing from the rear. The Black Watch cap badge is included separately of the Glengarry for you to mount yourself!
- 54 cm - 6 3/4 inches diameter
- 56 cm- 7 inches diameter
- 58 cm - 7 1/4 inches diameter
- 60 cm - 7 1/2 inches diameter
- 62 cm - 7 3/4 inches diameter
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