20th Century was a period of almost continual warfare,
with the First World War and Second World War as the
most important conflicts. The British, American and
European publics are always fascinated by war and
it continues to be an important subject for books,
films, theatrical productions and television.
Nigel Thomas Associates can:
- Advise film and television production motion picture
and documentary makers and theatrical costumiers
on the authentic uniform and badges for army, navy,
air force and police personnel for Great Britain,
Europe and the USA since 1900.
- Give accurate background information on the people
wearing these uniforms and the units they served
in, in order to build up a credible profile and
make these characters come to life.
- Identify any period photographs or film footage
showing men (and women) in uniform to ensure that
documentaries are accurate.
Lieutenant William Rowland Thomas, 8th Battalion
56th (London) Infantry Division, British Army,
April 1944, Cairo. Rowland Thomas (10.8.1909 –
16.10.1994) is wearing M1937 battledress with
a Royal Fusilers cap-badge and the Africa Star
und General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
Theodor Eicke, commanding the “Totenkopf”
SS Armoured Infantry Division, 1942. Eicke wears
the M1937 Waffen-SS officers’ service tunic
with M1940 shoulder-boards, M1942 collar-patches
and the Knight’s Cross with oakleaf collar
decoration awarded 20 April 1942. He was killed
in an air crash 6 February 1943 on the Russian
(Private), 110th Brigade, Croatian Army, Turanj
near Karlovac, April 1992. This infantry reservist
is wearing the standard Croatian camouflage uniform
with a popular, although unofficial, woollen cap.
The unit patch, worn on the left upper arm, indicates
2nd company, 1st battalion, and he carries a M72B/AB
automatic rifle, a Yugoslav copy of the ubiquitous