Britain is rightly proud of its magnificent military traditions and soldiering skills.
The country’s armed services are masters of parade ground pageantry. It is the envy of the world. Ceremonials are a chance to display our treasured array of historic honours for gallantry, including exquisite medals, ribbons, banners and the finest heraldry.
Think of the choreography of Trooping the Colour or the pageantry of anniversaries such as the Queen’s birthday and recently her Jubilees. It is a great British tradition.
Even state funerals for ‘the great and the good’ have that unique touch of pomp that could only be identified as British.
It has become part of the nation’s DNA.
What are the origins of this ceremonial showmanship? More than a thousand years of accumulated military action have created a culture of martial discipline born out of a pride and patriotism. Our island’s history is peppered with a litany of brutal wars and conflicts so the image of the foot soldier has changed along with that history.
From the Roman invasion to Viking raiders, Anglo Saxon and Celtic settlers, tribal Kings and Queens, ours is a nation which marched out, for good or bad, to form a now disbanded global Empire.
This history has left a legacy of military ‘chic’ – a stream of recognisable uniform brands created over the centuries. There are milestones along that historic route.
There’s the image of King Harold at The Battle of Hastings defeated by Norman invaders. Hastings was a turning point in our history. Harold and his troops with their protective conical copper helmets and nasal protectors. Harold’s own helmet failed to save him from that fatal arrow, depicted in the Bayeux tapestry. Some experts believe that if the arrow had missed its target, the battle could have had a different outcome.
But from ‘1066 and all that’, William the Conqueror brought a more cultured atmosphere to a chaotic island inhabited by tribes. With the Norman invaders a more ordered society emerged with Domesday Book records of the wealth and land ownership and an upgrade in battlefield fashion.
Game of thrones
Plenty of blood-letting lay ahead over the next decades. Arguments over succession to The Crown of England rumbled on. The Anarchy conflicts flared, the Wars of the Roses raged, there was carnage on Yorkshire soil at Towton and French turf at Agincourt and Crecy – a catalogue of ‘Horrible Histories’ some might say.
The image of the fighting man with his sword and shield or bow and arrow changed little. Centuries of conflict helped build layers of skill and the knowledge of experience for what was the appropriate kit when confronting an enemy.
By the time King Charles I lost his head after a gruesome civil war, the technology had changed. Muskets and artillery meant the order of battle was different.
Although hand-to-hand conflict was still common, battles often began with canon fire and musket shot. On a chaotic battlefield clouded in gun smoke, how did a soldier tell friend from foe?
One answer was to wear brightly coloured waist bands and shoulder sashes. There were fewer flags and emblems but colour coding uniforms emerged. Historians believe this was when the term ‘Redcoats’ first entered the military language.
Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army marked a change to the look of soldiers’ going into battle with their rounded helmets and brightly coloured sashes.
Why does it still matter that we can identify so closely with our military history? Why do people enjoy the experience of collecting military memorabilia and argue over the minute details of what uniforms soldiers wore and how they wore it.
They are fascinated by how they marched, their weaponry and battlefield tactics.
Psychologists argue people have a fundamental need to be able to touch and feel history. In the modern era where heroes, with writing and reading skills, could record their thoughts we have access to their poems and words written before during and after battles. We can see and touch personal items. For many it is an emotional experience and a direct link to the past.
It’s 77 years since the D-Day landings. A thousand years after William the Conqueror’s soldiers from our island, together with American and Allied troops, went off to Normandy in an invasion like no other on unimaginable scale.
That we still pay homage to those soldiers, sailors and airmen through ceremonials, souvenirs and medals feels right.
‘A nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten’
Calvin Coolidge, the US President from the 1930s, once said: ‘A nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten’.
It is hard to argue with that sentiment.
The Historic British Forces Collection
Now the visual history of British Forces has been recreated on a collection of stunning gold-plated medals. Each original illustration has been meticulously considered, with no detail too small and what’s more, the collection is strictly limited edition.
DM June 2021.
In today’s video I unbox a medal that features a genuine piece of the world famous Avro Vulcan XL426!
It’s been meticulously hand-sculpted into the shape of the iconic bomber and precision set into a deluxe SUPERSIZE 70mm Medal.
Whether you’re a collector, military enthusiast OR both, this is a video that you can’t afford to miss!
And considering that there will only ever be 250 available WORLDWIDE, if you’re interested… you’d best be quick in ordering yours!
If you’re interested…
Can you believe that Lewis Carroll’s famous fantasy children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass have been entertaining audiences across the globe for more than 150 years?
Now, The Royal Mint has just released TWO BRAND NEW UK coins celebrating Alice and the inhabitants of Wonderland!
We invite you to join us for a very important tea party to take a look at these exciting new coins that are the perfect addition to any growing coin collection…
Two NEW UK Coins
The first coin features Alice alongside the cheeky Cheshire Cat perched in a tree. Alice fans will remember this iconic scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when she first meets him outside the Duchess’s house.
The Cheshire Cat is known for constantly grinning, and disappearing and reappearing whenever it fancies, sometimes just leaving behind its toothy grin. It is the only character in the book to listen to Alice and teaches her the bizarre rules of Wonderland.
The second coin celebrates the sequel Through the Looking-Glass. In this charming coin design we see Alice depicted with the mischievous twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
In the book the twins are dressed as schoolboys and don’t hesitate to fight with one another over silly things. They show Alice the sleeping Red King and tell her about the Walrus and the Carpenter.
These two coins are available in a range of specifications – the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland coin is available to own now, and you have the chance to get ahead of the crowd and PRE-ORDER the Through the Looking-Glass coin too, to complete your UK Alice collection…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland £5 BU Pack
To give as many collectors as possible the chance to own this coin, The Royal Mint has issued it in Brilliant Uncirculated quality. Brilliant uncirculated coins are specially struck and carefully handled to avoid the scratches and chips found amongst their circulating counterparts.
Each one is protectively encapsulated in a stylish presentation pack from The Royal Mint to preserve its quality for years to come. This coin is available now, click here to find out more >>
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 1oz Silver Proof Coin
However, you can own this coin in an ever more limited way – so limited that JUST 3,500 collectors will ever be able to own it.
This coin has been expertly struck from one full ounce of 99.9% pure silver to a flawless proof finish by The Royal Mint, and it features selective colour to bring the design to life! This coin is available now, click here to find out more >>
Through the Looking-Glass £5 BU Pack
The second coin in the collection is available to own in Brilliant Uncirculated quality. BU coins are specially struck and carefully handled to avoid the scratches and chips found amongst their circulating counterparts.
Each one is protectively encapsulated in a stylish presentation pack from The Royal Mint to preserve its quality for years to come. This coin is available to PRE-ORDER before it’s official release date. Click here to find out more >>
Through the Looking-Glass 1oz Silver Proof Coin
You can also choose to own this coin in an even more limited way – JUST 3,500 coins will ever be issued worldwide.
This coin has been expertly struck from one full ounce of 99.9% pure silver to a flawless proof finish by The Royal Mint, and it features selective colour to bring the design to life! This coin is available to PRE-ORDER before it’s official release date. Click here to find out more >>
High demand expected
Lewis Carroll’s nonsense fairytale about a girl called Alice is undeniably one of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction. Its popularity is clear when you consider it’s been adapted into theatre and ballet shows, not to mention several blockbuster Disney films.
Alice collectables are in high-demand – a ‘legendary’ 1865 first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (one of only 22 known to be in existence) went under the hammer in 2016 for £1.3-£2 million. This confirms that these NEW UK COINS will be highly sought-after.