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Title 49th Bengalis officer's cap and title, stamped 'silver'
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1917-20

This unit was raised in 1917 for garrison duties along the lines of communications in Mesopotamia (Iraq). The regiment did not see combat, except in the post-war period where they took part in the hostilities in Kurdistan. The regiment was disbanded in 1920. It comprised mostly Bengalis Hindus with a lesser proportion of Bengali Muslims.

This very scarce WW1 unit would have qualified for honours for Mesopotamia 1917-18 and possibly for Kurdistan had it survived.

The badge itself is die-struck and stamped 'SILVER', while the shoulder title is die struck gilding metal. There is a little wear from cleaning, as you would expect, but their overall condition is good.

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[Militaria : Badges : British Empire : 20th Century]


The book arrived this afternoon. I'm delighted with it. Many thanks. I'll certainly deal with you again.

J W, UK, 17.01.2012

Thank you for careful packaging and prompt shipping.

G K, Canada, 07.09.2011