One of the rarest of the WWII embroidered worsted 'slip on' shoulder strap titles, this to the Prince Edward Island Light Horse this one of a large collection of WWII 'Slip on' titles that I will be offering for sale over the next few weeks. Most of these have light mounting residue on the reverse and most without the linen 'loops'. By Christmas 1939 the 1st Canadian Division was on its way to England, outfitted with all available stocks of 'Battledress'. It was not until 1940/41 that sufficient stocks were available to meet the demands for both the CASF and the 2nd (Reserve) Battalions in Canada. On the introduction of Battledress orders had been promulgated that metal collar badges and shoulder titles in stores could be issued but no new orders were to be placed for the duration of the war. By October 1941 this order was rescinded and tafter only cloth insignia was allowed to be worn on the battledress blouse. Machine woven 'slip on' shoulder titles were produced for every Corps and Regiment of the Canadian Army, those in Britain adopting the smaller 1 ½ inch size, the Canadian patterns being 2 inches. At about this time regiments in the Canadian Active Service Force (CASF) started adopting coloured regimental titles and Corps Troops formation patches with Corps designations. Some non activated Non Permanent Army Militia (NPAM) regiments and 2nd (Reserve) Battalions also adopted coloured regimental titles but these were ordered taken down and only the 'slip on' patterns were approved for wear. Later in the war 2nd (Reserve) Battalions regiments with battalions serving in the Canadian Active Service Force were allowed to adopt coloured titles which identified them as non 'Zombie' battalions, (A derogatory term for soldiers who would not volunteer to fight outside of Canada.) and the disliked 'slip on's' discarded. Because of this most of these are very scarce, some exceptionally so with the exception of about 20 patterns which turned up about 20 years ago. Please click on 'View sellers other auctions' above for other accurately described, quality material, you may bid with confidence all items are guaranteed genuine. For new bidders not familiar with my descriptions, all items that I sell are in original condition appropriate for their age, wear or damage is noted. All scans are of the actual item being offered for sale. Serious bidders may also request a larger, detailed scan. As far as possible we try to use recycled packaging materials to help minimize shipping costs. Mailing fee on this lot is $1.01.
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