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    Post by Alanchilton Thu Feb 16, 2023 6:40 pm

    I’m looking for the unit belonging to the cap badge in the image attached.  The wearer held the rank of Trooper, and the picture taken sometime between 1946 and 48. I’m assuming an armoured unit, but I don’t recognize it.  ID anyone?
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    Post by edstorey Thu Feb 16, 2023 7:14 pm

    British Reconnaissance Corps.

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    Post by Alanchilton Thu Feb 16, 2023 7:37 pm

    That’s interesting, as he was in the Canadian Army at the time.
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    Post by edstorey Fri Feb 17, 2023 3:57 am

    Instead of playing 20 questions, why not show us the picture of who 'he' was and give us the background info.
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    Post by Alanchilton Fri Feb 17, 2023 7:15 am

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    The man on the left was my wife’s father. He served 3 tours in Germany. The first tour 1943- March 1945 was as a Gunner in the Canadian artillery. Second tour from Dec 1945-49 as a Trooper. Third tour was as a Gunner again starting in 1952. He was a character, and liked his drink…a lot. My guess is that he probably ‘borrowed’ the beret he was wearing.
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    Post by edstorey Fri Feb 17, 2023 8:51 am

    That is an interesting photo indeed. The British Reconnaissance Corps wore brown berets so it looks like he 'borrowed' the badge. The whole Canadian uniform looks suspecious but without further details it is hard to tell. There are some timeline problems with his military service as the Canadian Army Occupation Force left Germany in eary 1946 and there was not a Canadian Army presence in Germany again until 1951 when the 27th Infantry Brigade was based in Hanover.
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    Post by Alanchilton Fri Feb 17, 2023 9:38 pm

    I bit of investigation into the military records I have of his… He only did 2 tours of Germany, 1943-46 as a Trooper (corrected). He was demobilized in 1946, but re-enlisted later that year. His record indicated he was in Canada that time, and was again a Trooper, though I don’t know the unit. He was declared unfit for service in 1948 and released. The third engagement has a bit of a back story… he went to court after doing something stupid, and the judge gave him a choice of the army or jail, so he was off to Germany for a second time - this time in the Artillery as a gunner. Most of the military pictures I’ve seen of him date back to that time. As for the picture above, I suspect he ‘borrowed’ pieces of a uniform to have his picture taken with his future brother-in-law, probably while he was in Canada.

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