Scottish Commando Black Hackle – No. 11 Scottish Commando – 1 Scots Royal Regt of Scotland. Traditional military regimental feather glengarry – bonnet hackle made to order for pipe bands and regimental associations. 100% hand made in the UK as supplied to the regiments. Glengarry or Caubeen Feather Hackle
Total length from base of loop to tip of feather pressed flat approx 5 – 5 1/2″ / 12.5 – 13.5cm
Scottish Commando Black Hackle – No. 11 Scottish Commando – Hand made from goose coquille feathers.
100% made in the UK – Special order made in approx 10-14 days
No. 11 (Scottish) Commando was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War. Formed in Scotland, members of No. 11 (Scottish) Commando adopted the Tam o’shanter as their official headdress with black hackle. The black hackle was said to be worn as a mark of unfinished business.
The commandos were formed in 1940, by the order of Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister. He called for specially trained troops that would “develop a reign of terror down the enemy coast”.At first they were a small force of volunteers who carried out small raids against enemy occupied territory, but by 1943 their role had changed into lightly equipped assault Infantry which specialised in spearheading amphibious landings.
The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes himself a veteran of the landings at Gallipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War. Keyes resigned in October 1941 and was replaced by Admiral Louis Mountbatten.
By the autumn of 1940 more than 2,000 men had volunteered for commando training, and what became known as the Special Service Brigade was formed into 12 units called commandos. Each commando would number around 450 men commanded by a lieutenant colonel. They were sub divided into troops of 75 men and further divided into 15-man sections. Commandos were all volunteers seconded from other British Army regiments and retained their own cap badges and remained on their regimental roll for pay. All volunteers went through the six-week intensive commando course at Achnacarry. The course in the Scottish Highlands concentrated on fitness, speed marches, weapons training, map reading, climbing, small boat operations and demolitions both by day and by night.
Our regimental feather hackles and plumes are all made in the UK to Ministry of Defence standards. Perfect for your glengarry, Balmoral or Tam O Shanter. As supplied to the Highland regiments and British army and hand made using high quality feathers which comply with the rigorous Ministry of Defence requirements in the UK.
We can also offer bespoke regimental feather hackles. As supplied to pipe bands, re-enactors, film and theatre, why not email us with your requirements – Minimum quantity applies to special order pattern hackles.