Anodised Aluminium: The No Bull Cap Badge of the British Army is an extensive investigation of those 'staybrite' cap badges that were officially authorised for issue by the War Office and later the Ministry of Defence.
The book consists of 665 printed pages with an artwork content of 1158 colour images and three black and white ones.
The paper used is gloss art with a weight of 128gsm. Book binding is of the Smythe Sewn type.
The book will be presented in hardcover with page marker ribbon together with a hard cover sleeve for safe keeping. The total weight of the package is 3.1 kilograms.
It is believed to be the first proper examination of the British Army's anodised aluminium cap badges and will undoubtedly become a 'must have' for all collectors of military insignia. Military museums will also find this reference book a great aid to the identification and history of their more modern cap badge collections. From Colonel Mike McHenry, United States Army (Rtd.), Virginia, The United States of America:
Anodised Aluminium: THE NO BULL CAP BADGE OF THE BRITISH ARMY by Chris Marsh is a very welcome addition chronicling a vast subject which has been scarcely documented and little researched. As a collector of British/Empire/Commonwealth badges for over 40 years, I have found this 665 page book to be all inclusive, accurate and with excellent close-up colour pictures that reinforce the text. Historically it chronicles the War Office’s consideration, acceptance and introduction of the anodised aluminium badge, from the first officially known badge produced as a prototype for the RASC in 1951, to the reasons for its demise which finally occurred in 2002 with the a/a cap badge produced for the newly formed RLC being declared unsatisfactory by the Army Dress Committee. Manufactures of the a/a badge, and the manufacturing process developed over the years, are discussed in a wealth of detail as are fakes and reproductions. The heart of this book comprises a concise historical overview of each badge known to have been produced accompanied by excellent front and rear close-up colour pictures. I consider this book an essential reference for serious badge collectors and dealers; historians of the future will thank its author for his insight, attention to detail, and his high standard of research.