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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:18 pm 
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I've seen quite a few photos of Scottish Home Guard units wearing Field Service caps, and not very many where they are wearing Tam o' Shanters. Not that there's anything wrong with FS caps, but it does look wrong with an RSF badge on it (my local regiment).

I'm guessing that the photos with FS caps are quite early on, and that they presumably were issued the correct headgear for their parent units at some point later in the war. Is this assumption correct? Or did some units soldier on till stand down wearing FS caps?

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I know I have seen a wartime fiction film - cannot remember the name offhand - about some man who rents a cottage and turns out to be a spy, and the local (Scottish) HG unit is weraing Tam O'Shanters. Will try and remember! Owen


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See, for instance: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmu ... 6413980475
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Wigtownshire and Perthshire were some of the first Scottish Associations to wear the TOS, before it was authorised. The War Office gave in around March 1941 and authorised 100,000 caps "to be issued only on payment by Associations". Selkirkshire and Ayrshire did not vote in favour of wearing the TOS. Since the RSF wore a diced Glengarry I would bet Ayrshire kept the FS cap since it is similar to the Gengarry. Selkirkshire, I believe, is associated with the KOSB, who I don't know what they wore for a cap/bonnet.

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