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EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA British Army WO2 Insignia Question (25)
The Badges of Warrant and Non-Commissioned Rank in the British Army by Major N. P. Dawnay by the Society for Army Historical Research, Special Publication No.6, 1949. A very good reference for NCO’s rank development for the period 1802-1947, sixty four pages including a number of plates, mainly of line drawings with a couple of photographs. A search on line may come up with a copy....
60bill > 25-April-2015 22:22:25

AMERICA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Nice to see the Canadian rank pages updated (45)
I will hopefully have these sent to Pavel int he Comming Week or so...
trbaldwin > 20-April-2015 3:07:20

EUROPE - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA RN, RM WW2 uniform regulations (5)
Wasn’t on about a wage comparison, just what ten bob could buy today. Compared to live-in servants, who averaged about a £1 a week and a policeman around £4 a week, the WO or CPO were not too badly off Players cigarettes 10 for 7d and Woodbine cigarettes 10 for 5d, a pint of beer around 3d. I don’t imagine the maid could spend much. So going by wages increase for the modern slave working in say a nursing home and getting around £280 a week. A small car would cost around £150 in 1940, policeman’s wages compared to maids have done quite well, but the same care would cost around £40,000 (150 times the maids earnings) yet the price of a pint would be around £3 not far off what it is today. I know it’s silly, But using that formula what would the car cost using the nursing manager wages of over £30000?. Cigarettes at 5d was around 28 packs to the pound so what would cigarettes cost today using the maid as an example, around £10. So how do you compare, it just appears that the poor are still poor....
60bill > 19-April-2015 14:10:19

AMERICA - MILITARY BRANCH & RANK INSIGNIA Change of French title of Sub-Lieutenant in Canadian navy (0)
The lowest two commissioned ranks in the Canadian navy are, in English: Sub-Lieutenant (equivalent to U.S. Lieutenant, Junior Grade) Acting Sub-Lieutenant (equivalent to U.S. Ensign) I read in Wikipedia that until 1998 these ranks were, in French: Sous-Lieutenant Sous-Lieutenant (Intérimaire) Since 1998 they've been: Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Enseigne de vaisseau de 2e classe These new titles are apparently shared with the Belgian and French navies. But (for example) Canadian generals' rank titles in French reflect their English origins, not their French equivalents. E.g., the French title of OF8 is lieutenant-général not général de corps d'armée. Anyway, does anyone have insight into why the rank titles were changed? Was it to bring them into line with the other French-speaking NATO members?...
jrichardn2 > 18-April-2015 22:41:18