Welcome to Cold War Provost
Living History Group!
Close-up of the issued Scarlet and Black MP brassard
flash an MP wore in the 1980s. Unlike current MP Flashes,
this versions material was a felt-like material for
both backing and lettering (current versions are made
from a more hard-wearing cotton); this was sewn on a
DPM brassard cloth, worn on the right arm of every RMP
in all "working dress" and "combat dress"
uniforms. Immediately above it would be sewn the NCOs
rank for all ranks below the Warrant officer grades.
CWP will be basing its' displays on the RMPs duties
in the British Army of the Rhine, with increased concentration
on the Companies surrounding the Soltau Plains exercise
The purpose of Cold War Provost
was to promote, through a physical presence at displays, the
role that the Royal Military Police, both Regular and Reserve
forces, had in their Provost Operations role (their work "in
the field", rather than in their General Policing Duties)
during the period 1960 through 1989.
At large and/or major Living History events, this
sign board would be placed at the front of the Cold
War Provost stand
We performed this by placing people and equipment on display
at Military Shows that we attended within the United Kingdom. This was intended to give a true representation
and feel of the Regiment, and those that served in it.
Over the following pages, you'll learn a little more about
the work that the RMP performed in its' Provost Operations
role, and the taskings involved.
You will also find helpful hints, photographic evidence
of the period, and other helpful information to assist you
in understanding how the RMP worked in the field, during the latter stages of the Cold War.
Thanks for your interest, and it you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to ask - firstname.lastname@example.org