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    Picking up on comments from another thread.....

    What is the story on the origin of the black tails on the cavalry glengarry?

    "A tailors shop" is not the answer I am looking for.......

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  • #2
    apparently,the cavalry were escorting Michael Collins when he was killed at Béal na Bláth. the black ribbon is a mourning thing and they've worn it ever since.

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    • #3
      So why is it green on the FCA officers glengarries?? Was that because it happened in a very grassy area??

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      • #4
        Can anyone substantiate the Michael Collins story, or is it perhaps folklore.

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        • #5
          Well I heard the Collins story too....
          Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil...prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...

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          • #6
            Well, I have heard the Goldilocks And The Three Bears story......

            Verification required please , not "I heard".

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Joshua
              Well, I have heard the Goldilocks And The Three Bears story......
              really? didnt hear that one.....please go on....:D
              Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil...prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...

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              • #8
                I think that any sort of military tradition or heraldry is in effect folklore, passed down through the units. I seriously doubt that the uniform regulations say why anything is as it is, just that it is.

                NTM
                Driver, tracks, troops.... Drive and adjust!!

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                • #9
                  Glengarrys have their origins in the Scottish headress...while they may be dissimilar in other ways the ribbon is the common denominator.

                  The Michael Collins thing is pure myth as the army at the time was not broken down into the different corps.

                  The infantry officers Glengarry is a different animal to the cavalry version as is the cavalry officers version.....the infantry officers were issued the glengarry to set them aside from PDF officers.....as with the omission of the Sam Browne belt on the scale of issue.
                  Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                  • #10
                    just tellin ye wat i heard.
                    hilarious,ex-soldier!!! grassy area!!!!

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                    • #11
                      just a thought:D , if the cav were escorting Micheal Collins, they did not do to good a job, so, is this black ribbon a black mark ageinst the cav:D ,

                      keep safe.

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                      • #12
                        Why dont they just get rid of them, cost cutting. Personally I think they look muck. We are all the same army.
                        If your not in bed by 4 o' clock it's time to go home!

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                        • #13
                          You are obviously not in the cav then

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                          • #14
                            Correct.
                            If your not in bed by 4 o' clock it's time to go home!

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                            • #15
                              cavalry tails

                              Is this what you mean by cavalry tails?

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