The best example, and perhaps the only body of elite troops who have maintained their role as guardians of a royal household for over three centuries while building a reputation in war that is the envy of all, is Britain's household troops, the Guards. Over the years they have maintained the highest standards in peace and war, and have served as an example to the rest of the British Army, a benchmark in all matters military from drill and 'turnout' to leadership in battle. Veteran Osprey author Mike Chappell describes the history and uniform of the Guards Divisions from 1914-45.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · The Guards Regiments 1914-15 · Battles and Engagements of the Guards Division 1915-18 · Between the Wars · The Second Wolrd War · Uniform · The Plates