The use of collar badges and brass titles had been part of the uniform when service dress was being worn. The adoption of battledress in 1939 saw this use diminish, culminating in GO 137 ( 25 Oct 1941) which officially withdrew the use of collar badges and brass titles for other ranks for the duration of the war.Officers would still continue to wear collars and brass titles with service dress only.
Members of the 1st Canadian Division began to wear slip on titles, upon their arrival in England in late 1939 /early 1940. These titles were meant to fit over the epaulettes of the battledress. They could be easily removed for reasons of security. Soon after they began to be worn by units still in Canada. There use was primarily during the period 1940-1942 when shoulder flashes began to be issued although the use of slip on titles could be found as late as 1945 by units still in Canada.
Two basic designs exist with Canadian manufactured titles being larger at inches in depth and secured to the epaulette by 2 small straps. British manufactured slip on titles were 1 1/2 inches in depth and secured by a single strap.
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The above title is very different from the regular British manufactured titles. The material is very coarse, similar to battledress material. One explanation might be extra titles locally made for troops stationned overseas early in the war. Please contact the webmaster if you have any further information on this title.