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In addition to The Bulletin, The Military Historical Society has published occasional Special Issues since 1968. These generally cover previously unpublished research material providing an in-depth study on a single subject. The publications are referred to as SPECIAL NUMBERS, some of which are now out of print. Special Numbers are now published every one to two years and this listing includes all the Special Numbers which have been published to date. Those which are still available for purchase have a price and an "Add to Basket" button. Those which are out of print, are listed for information only. However, the Society is planning to make these out of print editions available for download in due course.

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Special Numbers

Colours of the Regular Army Infantry of the Line 1st July 1881 to 1958 by Eric Hamilton
(Item no. S001)

Special Issue Number, 1, 1968. A record of the Colours of the regular battalions of the Infantry Regiments from the major reorganisation of 1st July 1881 (Cardwell system) until 1958. Includes the post-1958 list of amalgamated Regiments, with the presentation dates of new Colours. Although this Special Number is no longer in print, we have a few second hand copies in stock.



Some English Yeomanry Sabretaches by W Y Carman
(Item no. S002)

Special Number, 1987. The first in a series of five Special Numbers covering the sabretaches worn by British cavalry in the early years of the nineteenth century. This first volume covers the Yeomanry units of a wide range of selected English Counties.



Yeomanry and Other Sabretaches by W Y Carman
(Item no. S003)

Special Number, 1988. The second in the series of five Special Numbers on sabretaches. This volume supplements and fills in major gaps in the English Yeomanry units covered in the first volume (1987) and also covers the Scottish Yeomanry, together with the little amount of information known about the Welsh Yeomanry. Although this Special Number is no longer in print, we have a few second hand copies in stock.



The Volunteer Infantry 1880-1908 by Ray Westlake
(Item no. S004)

Special Number, 1992. A monumental work which sets out the order of battle for the Volunteer Infantry, County to County from Regiment to Battalions and Companies with many illustrations of uniforms and badges. 139 pages. Perfect bound. Although this Special Number is no longer in print, we have a few second hand copies in stock.



Officers’ Waist Belt Clasps 1855-1902 by Lelia B Ryan
(Item no. S005)

Special Number, 1994. Comprehensive work on the Waist Belt Clasps of the Officers’ of the Line Infantry. 55 pages with 241 illustrations. Although this Special Number is no longer in print, we have one or two second hand copies in stock, which are reserved for members of the Society.



Rifle Volunteer Buttons 1859 – 1908 by Howard Ripley & Denis Darmanin
(Item no. S006)

Special Number, 1996. Fully illustrated reference guide with 337 button illustrations and a reference table of all Corps with later consolidations and Volunteer battalions. 80 pages. A very small stock of this previously out of stock publication has recently been located. Copies can be supplied to members with photocopies of the six pages covering the 37 additional buttons which were included in the out of stock second edition (S016).



The Indian Army Map 1939 – 1947. by Anon
(Item no. S007)

Special Number, 1996. The map shows the Headquarters of the 38 Indian Infantry Regiments and 21 Indian Cavalry Regiments during the period of WW2 to the partition and independence of India in 1947. It also shows full size photographs of the cap badges of those 59 units, together with a further 6 wartime cavalry units and 23 Indian corps. 811 x 613mm. OUT OF PRINT.



Cavalry Warrant Officers' and Non-Commissioned Officers' Arm Badges by David Linaker & Gordon Dine
(Item no. S008)

Special Number, 1997. Meticulously researched and profusely illustrated volume. Traces the history of the special distinguishing arm badges from ca1800 to the present day. 156 pages, perfect bound. OUT OF PRINT



Sabretaches of the Light Cavalry by W Y Carman
(Item no. S009)

Special Number, 1998. The third in the series of five Special Numbers on sabretaches. A profusely illustrated record of the full dress sabretaches of the Light Dragoons, Hussars and Lancers.



Full Dress Sabretaches of the British Army by W Y Carman
(Item no. S010)

Special Number, 2000. The fourth in the series of five Special Numbers on sabretaches. This volume supplements the full dress sabretaches of the Light Cavalry covered in the Special Number, of 1998. and completes the review of the full dress sabretaches of the British Army.



Coloured Field Service Caps - Infantry by D G Glover
(Item no. S011)

Special Number, 2002. Reviews the infantry reorganisations and amalgamations of 1958, 1961 & 1971 with notes on order of precedence. Details the field service caps worn by Infantry Regiments, set out in the order of precedence of 1881-1961, followed by changes due to later reorganisations. A final section covers the Territorial Army.



Undress Sabretaches of the British Army by W Y Carman
(Item no. S012)

Special Number, 2005. The last in the series of five Special Numbers on Sabretaches. Published posthumously, Bill Carman had completed the outline of this final volume at the age of 92. The MHS was able to edit all his research notes to publish this illustrated history of the undress sabretache and the ornaments adopted by many of the British Cavalry Regiments during the nineteenth century. OUT OF PRINT.



Yeomanry Buttons 1830 – 2000 by Howard Ripley & Denis Darmanin.
(Item no. S013)

Special Number, 2005. Second in a series of Special Numbers on military buttons. Yeomanry described County by County with 354 illustrations. There is also a small addendum to Rifle Volunteer Buttons 1859-1908 (Special Number, 1996).



The Mess Dress of the Yeomanry Cavalry 1880 – 1914 by David Knight & Robert Smith.
(Item no. S014)

Special Number, 2006. A general introduction on mess dress is followed by a description of the development of mess dress in each individual yeomanry regiment. 60 pages, profusely illustrated with an additional 20 full pages of colour plates.



Directory of Rifle Volunteers by Ray Westlake
(Item no. S015)

Special Number, 2007. A County by County record of all the Rifle Volunteer Corps which were created with the formation of the Volunteer Force in 1859 until the creation of the Territorial Force in 1908. The RVCs were the Infantry of the Volunteer Movement.



Rifle Volunteer Buttons 1859 – 1908 (2nd Edition). by Howard Ripley & Denis Darmanin.
(Item no. S016)

Special Number, 2007. An extended version of the 1996 1st edition (S006) with 37 more buttons discovered by Howard Ripley and drawn by Denis Darmanin. The illustrations of Rifle Volunteers in uniform have also been changed for this second edition. This Special Number is OUT OF PRINT. However, there are still a few copies of the first edition (S006) in stock and these can be supplied with a photocopy of the pages containing the 37 additional buttons. Occasionally we may have a second hand copy in stock. Enquire to Sales



The British Infantry Shako 1800 – 1897 by Bryan Fosten & Gary Gibbs.
(Item no. S017)

Special Number, 2008. Eleven chapters trace the various patterns of shako, including plumes and insignia, through different periods of the nineteenth century. There are also two appendices of lace patterns. A definitive work. 72 pages, profusely illustrated. OUT OF PRINT



The Uniforms of the Imperial Yeomanry 1901 – 1908 by D J Knight & R J Smith
(Item no. S018)

Special Number, 2009. A comprehensive account of the parade and service dress uniforms of the Imperial Yeomanry during the seven years of its existence. A major work. 64 pages with a further 24 pages of full-colour illustrations. Perfect bound.



English Infantry Militia Buttons 1757-1881 by Howard Ripley & Denis Darmanin
(Item no. S019)

Special Number, 2010. The last in the series of three Special Numbers on military buttons. It follows the same format as earlier volumes with Militia units described County by County. 301 illustrations. There is a further addendum to Rifle Volunteer Buttons 1859-1908 (Special Number, 1996).



Directory of Yeomanry Cavalry 1794-1828 by David J Knight
(Item no. S020)

Special Number, 2013. Records all the Yeomanry Cavalry units, County by County, from the formation of the Force in 1794 to the massive scale down in 1828. 64 pages including 24 full page black & white illustrations.



Machine Gun Corps: First World War Flashes and Badges. by Alan Jeffreys and Gary Gibbs
(Item no. S021)

Special Number, 2015. The first of three Special Numbers to mark the centenary of the First World War. A definitive and prolifically illustrated record of all the MGC cloth and metal badges held in the Imperial War Museum and the Guards Museum, with one or two more. 64pp. This Special Number is now back in stock, having been virtually unobtainable and reserved for Members only for about two years.



Infantry Divisions: Identification Schemes 1917 by Mike Hibberd with illustrations from Gary Gibbs
(Item no. S022)

Special Number, 2016. Second of the First World War issues. Lists the 73 Divisions as they existed on 1st July 1917, including their constituent Brigades with component Regiments. The date coincides with the IWMs acquisition of most of its sign collection and the volume contains 10 colour pages from the IWM collection.



British World War 1 Corps and Divisional Signs by (Ed: Gary Gibbs & Clive Elderton
(Item no. S023)

Special Number, 2018. Last in the First World War centenary series. This issue is based on an original 1920 publication by Vincent Wheeler-Holohan which had been annotated with hand-written notes by Bill Carman. The text and illustrations have been updated to produce this fitting conclusion to the WW1 centenary Special Numbers.



British Light Cavalry Uniforms 1840-1853 by David Knight
(Item no. S024)

Special Number, 2019. Beautifully illustrated study of the dress and undress uniforms of the light cavalry from 1840, when a series of uniform changes started to be instigated, to the eve of the Crimean War in 1853. Dress uniforms are examined first, with separate chapters on the Light Dragoons, the Hussars and the Lancers. The undress uniforms are dealt with collectively in a separate chapter, followed by a review of Horse Appointments.



(Item no. S025)

Published in November 2020. An absorbing and thoroughly professional account of the design and use of this cap throughout the army. It is superbly and prolifically illustrated and even has detailed photographs of the actual cap worn by the late Canon Lummis, a distinguished Member of the Society, when he was serving as 5428 W M Lummis in the 11th Hussars. This Special Number is surely destined to become the definitive work on the Brodrick Cap and the narrative provides an interesting insight to military service at the start of the twentieth century.



Durbar: Commemorative Edition – August 2014 by IMHS
(Item no. S026)

Volume 31, No. 3 (2014), pp. 108-372. This is an enlarged Commemorative Edition of Durbar published in August 2014 on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and commemorating the role of the Indian Army in the first two years of the War. See Shop > Durbars > Durbar Volume 31 No 3 for a list of Contents.



Durbar: Commemorative Edition – November 2018 by IMHS
(Item no. S027)

Volume 35, No. 2 (2018), pp. 53-183. A companion enlarged Commemorative Edition to Vol 31 (3) published in November 2018 and commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. See Shop > Durbars > Durbar Volume 35 No 2 for a list of Contents.



BRITISH ARMY HEADDRESS 1939 to 1945 by Jon Mills
(Item no. S028)

This Special Number, with 96 pages, is nearly double the size of regular Special Numbers, which enables a wide coverage of Army headdress including protective headwear. As well as breadth of style, the booklet also covers a wide range of both male and female units. It is extremely well referenced and, although entitled 1939-1945, it contains a wealth of information on the background and development of many types of headdress from the late 1800s to WW2. The book is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs of hats and black & white photographs of the hats being worn by a variety of ranks and regiments.



Easibinders for The Bulletin & Special Issues
(Item no. P05)

These are conventional journal binders with detachable wires which hold Bulletins or Special Numbers in place across the centre fold of each issue. Each binder has 20 wires which would theoretically hold five years' issues of The Bulletin. In practice, it would be better to expect the binder to comfortably cater for four years. The Binders are pre-packaged in single cardboard outers, ready for posting. They will therefore be sent separately from any other items in a combined order. Postal charges will be £2 for one binder or £4 for two to five binders (UK rate). Europe and RoW (surface) will be £5 (1 binder) and £10 (2 to 5); RoW (airmail) will be £8 (1 binder) and £16 (2 to 5).



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