This soldier of the Royal Army Service Corps (successor to the Army Service Corps in the Great War, named Royal for its services in that war) wears 1940 pattern battledress. He also carries insignia that demonstrate that he belonged to the British 'Liberation Army' of the 21st Army Group in the Low Countries of the Netherlands and Belgium. He wears the beret-like General Service cap that came in at the close of the war, and the chocolate-brown plastic cap badge, introduced for economy. In all ways, he is illustrative of the new army of 1944–45, his uniform and insignia largely unrecognisable to those men liberated from POW camps across Europe.
Peter Doyle's new book British Army Cap Badges of the Second World War (Shire), written with Chris Foster, is now available from Shire (here).