light blue wool beret, size 7 1/4. The beret has a black leather sweatband. The UN badge is missing.
UN blue beret associated with the peacekeeping service in Cyprus (between 1966 and 1968) of Brigadier Michael Neale Harbottle OBE (1917-1987).
The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established in March 1964. the British contingent (BRITCON) is the largest in the Force and was stationed island-wide prior to 1974; they were then re-deployed west of Nicosia International Airport in the Buffer Zone, Sector Two. Brigadier Michael Neale Harbottle OBE (1917-1987) was commissioned into The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1937. For a period after the war he was an Instructor at the South African Staff College before returning to Regimental soldiering as commander of 1st Battalion, Royal green Jackets 1959-62. He was appointed OBE in 1959. From 1962-64 he was garrison commander in Aden. After a period in command of 129 Infantry Brigade, TA, he was sent to, in 1966, to his final posting, with the UN in Cyprus, as Chief of Staff to the UN Peacekeeping Forces. He retired from the army at the end of his posting in Cyprus in 1968.