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red sash
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:55:58 PM »

asked a question by the boss of 63 yrs why do some army ranks wear a red sash when in uniform i answerd I do not know she said you should being in the RAF 22 years no answer to that  one   
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Re: red sash
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 04:04:28 PM »

Originally to identify Officers and Senior NCO's on the battlefield with musket smoke making identification difficult.
Later, to make a drab uniform look a bit brighter.

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Re: red sash
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2015, 04:06:47 PM »

What he said
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Re: red sash
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2015, 10:12:24 PM »

I think nowadays a red sash is worn by the RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major), though other very senior NCOs may be entitled.
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Re: red sash
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2015, 08:15:52 AM »

Few explanations.... All, one or none may be true......
1. Used by officers to hold the sword (later replaced by the Sam Browne). Sufficiently long and made with a technique so it could be expanded and used as a stretcher should said officer be wounded. http://www.militaryheritage.com/sash1.htm
2. Used by pikemen to wipe horses blood from their hands during battle.
3. To show who was in command and as a rallying point on the battlefield.

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Re: red sash
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 01:11:25 PM »

Originally to identify Officers and Senior NCO's on the battlefield with musket smoke making identification difficult.
Later, to make a drab uniform look a bit brighter.

Ned

And there was I thinking they were actually so the enemy would find it easier to pick out the officers for target practice  :D :D

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Re: red sash
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 01:22:57 PM »

And there was I thinking they were actually so the enemy would find it easier to pick out the officers for target practice  :D :D

That as well Brian  {-) {-)

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Re: red sash
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 02:03:17 PM »

When I was attached to a Royal Artillery (RA) regiment, the Regimental Orderly Sergeant (the sergeant who was on regimental duty for that day) used to wear a red sash. It did not matter if the sergeant was RA or from one of the attached corps, he wore the sash on duty.
I have also seen it referred to as a 'military duty sash'.
It is also used by officers and senior NCOs for ceremonial purposes.
The red sash was also seen worn by the RSM and CSM on the parade square.
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2015, 05:19:44 PM »

Thanks to all who answered  peace at last.
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Re: red sash
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2015, 07:44:06 PM »

 I thought only WOs in the Guards and infantry regiments were entitled to the sash, not other corps and arms.
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Re: red sash
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2015, 10:03:01 PM »

Ranks of sergeant and above. I Think there is some confusion caused by wiki that says something like, 'worn by officers and WOs in the Guards and infantry '. Which is true, they are, but not exclusively.
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Re: red sash
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2015, 11:29:03 AM »

And there was I thinking they were actually so the enemy would find it easier to pick out the officers for target practice  :D :D

 In the past I think that the bright red coats with the big white cross on the front may have helped a bit as well....

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Re: red sash
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2015, 11:50:18 PM »

Ranks of sergeant and above. I Think there is some confusion caused by wiki that says something like, 'worn by officers and WOs in the Guards and infantry '. Which is true, they are, but not exclusively.

As is also done in the Australian Army, irrespective of Corps or unit, as our customs and traditions are from the British Army, nowadays normally on ceremonial parades/occasions, eg ANZAC Day, trooping the colours, funerals, salutes, honour guards, etc

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Re: red sash
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2015, 03:29:12 PM »

In my day ,we off the lowly ranks were told that the sash was used to soak up the food dribbles....
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Re: red sash
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2015, 03:34:38 PM »

In my day ,we off the lowly ranks were told that the sash was used to soak up the food dribbles....
 {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) O0

And to slap you oiks round the ear with the lead filled tassle <*<

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Re: red sash
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2015, 04:35:31 PM »

The red tunics worn by the guards regiment were to hide blood from wounds.

When men were men and a shrapnel/bullet wound was merely an encumbrance to fighting, the red tunic hid the blood and frightened the enemy! :-))
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