1st and 2nd Battalion King's Colours 1930

Players produced these cigarette cards in 1930, depicting badges and Colours of different regiments. These cards of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Grenadier Guards show the difference between the King's Colours. The 2nd has the Union flag in the canton, and King George V's reverse cypher under the crown. The 1st Battalion has neither of these but the crown is much larger. The 10 emblazoned battle honours have been added to the 23 that were there before World War 1. But a count of the honours shows a total of 34. The extra honour, or distinction, is EGMONT-OP-ZEE which was fought in 1799 and belatedly awarded at some point between 1910 and 1930. The Grenadier Guards displayed these 34 battle honours on both sides of the King's Colours and the Regimental Colours in all three battalions.

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