An absolute classic in military regimental history. The Drum is a cornerstone of a military unit, holding honours of battles past.
Instruments, particularly drums, have been used on battlefields as signalling devices since time immemorial across many different cultures. Drummers would march at the head of the company, and when not providing uplifting marching tunes, they would be used by the company commander to convey orders, on and off the field of battle. The drummers would be more aptly described as signallers than musicians, as shouted orders were very hard to hear over the din of battle. Later, a bugle would become the preferred means of communication on the battlefield, and the drummers adapted, training on bugles and carrying them in battle, but retaining the drum and the title of drummer.
Eventually, as the use of musical instruments on the battlefield diminished, corps of drums looked to fill specialist roles within the battalion while still retaining their original role for ceremonial purposes. In some armies, drummers were absorbed by bands and ceased to be the infantry soldiers, becoming full musicians.
In armies where corps of drums remained formed bodies within infantry battalions, different strings of logic have seen corps of drums employed in many varied roles. Because the corps would historically be employed in support of the battalion, in areas such as delivering mail or designating billets, they are often given the role of assault pioneers, or supporting-fire machine gun platoons. The corps of drums role on the battlefield was originally to signal orders, and therefore some units are organised into signals platoons, operating radios. Drummers would also accompany officers to meet officers of an opposing army to parley Therefore, some corps of drums perform a liaison role.
Historical duties such as uncasing and casing of the colours on parade and various other privileges are continued in most units. Due to the specialist duties and ceremonial aspects of a drummers life, a corps of drums may be the unofficial custodian of regimental customs and traditions.
Corps of drums recruit from the whole battalion, and are usually attached to the battalion headquarters. Each corps of drums is commanded by a drum major a senior non-commissioned officer, who usually reports to the adjutant of the battalion.
- New Drum
- MOD Approved artwork where applicable
- 12 inch width x 10 inch deep
- 6 rod tensioners
- wood construction
- clear drum skins
- chrome furniture (gibraltar & tensioners)
- Painted & laquered
- Artwork is fully printed
- as pictured