The Diary: Peter showcases his very Special collection in new book

Military Historian Peter taylor with some of the military badges he has collected and his book on the subject
Military Historian Peter taylor with some of the military badges he has collected and his book on the subject
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THEY were the dedicated army, navy and air force units which Winston Churchill said would “set Europe ablaze.”

Now a military collector is hoping to light up the publishing world with an incredible book showing off his mammoth collection of hundred of World War Two special force badges.

Peter Taylor has gathered hundreds of the colourful symbols over 30 years.

And he’s photographed everyone for a unique tome explaining how different units - from the Special Air Service whose men were parachuted behind enemy to the Special Boat Squadron who were assigned to take out Erwin Rommel - came to have different symbols.

“I’ve been interested in military antiques since the day my grandma gave me my granddad’s medals,” says the 57-year-old of Gawber Road, Barnsley. “The special force badges are especially interesting, though, because obviously fewer men had them.”

Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948, is released now by Pen And Sword.