Crawley welcomes Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment 3:04pm Friday 17th June 2011 in News 1 For the last two years, soldiers and staff of the Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment have been abroad on active service. TIM RIDGWAY joined the crowds welcoming our boys back to Sussex. A wet weekday walking through Sussex is a long way from the dusty war fields and towns of Afghanistan.
But the pouring rain did not prevent hundreds from lining the streets and cheering on the soldiers of the Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment, nicknamed The Tigers. About 220 soldiers, many of whom are from Sussex, were dressed in full military uniforms for the reception in Crawley. Among the crowds shouting good luck messages were tearful veterans, worried parents and those with simply a patriotic heart.
The parade comes less than a week before the same regiment heads to Brighton and Hove, where it holds the freedom of the city, for a similar parade. Janet Gray, 55, of Tilgate, Crawley, was joined on the route by daughter Louisa, 31, and granddaughters Isabelle, four, and 18- month-old Emily. Waving a Union Jack, she said: It s been such a fantastic day.
This is to show them that we care and that everyone is not against them. The reasons they are fighting is not their problem. They re just doing their jobs and I feel really proud to have been part of it.
Louisa said: The girls love everything about the military. Isabelle even donates half her pocket money every month to the British Legion so it is extra special for her to see them in person. The regimental homecoming parade started at the Territorial Army Centre then moved west to The Boulevard before finishing in High Street.
Philip Jackson, 67, of Harefield House, Crawley, served in the Army Catering Corps for 20 years. He said: I m very proud to see them parade through the town. I went to Belize and served in Northern Ireland for six months.
I m proud to be English and proud to be British and support whatever the men of this country are doing to try to protect those people that need protection. Brian Colvin, 79, from Three Bridges, said: I feel really emotional. The Korean war was on when I first joined up with the Queen s Regiment.
The Tigers are now part of that. I felt I had to come today to give them a good welcome and say thank you. Back in 1949 the whole country was very military focused and these were the norm.
We need to remember that now. Jonathan Oogaut, 22, from Crawley, spent his lunch break cheering on the troops. He said: They have given us a lot so it s the least I could do.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said: We owe our very freedom and security to those service personnel who risk their lives to defend us. The troops were based in Cyprus for two years between stints on the front line and are now on ceremonial duty in Woolwich. This has included events at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Royal wedding in April.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Adam Crawley said: We are a local regiment with strong links to the communities that we come from. We are conducting seven freedom parades across the south east and they are our way of reaffirming those links and showing the local people who we are. View our full gallery of pictures from the parade.
2 On Wednesday The Second Battalion of The Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment will come to Brighton and Hove. From about midday the soldiers are expected to take part in the 40-minute parade from the peace statue on the seafront to New Road. Roads along the route will be closed for a short period while the parade travels along Kings Road, West Street, North Street and New Road.
References ^ News (www.theargus.co.uk) ^ View our full gallery of pictures from the parade. (www.theargus.co.uk)
It was General Mark Clark (commander of Allied ground troops in Italy) that would later declare the soft underbelly of Europe is turning out to be one tough, old gut instead. The soft underbelly of Europe he was referring to was of course Italy, which was the next target of the allies following the successful expulsion and capturing of axis soldiers in 1943. Sure, I knew about Monte Casino, but it was only after reading of all authors Farley Mowat that I first became interested in the Italian campaign of World War II.
I first learned about the Italian campaign reading Mowat s book, My Father s Son his memoir, as told through his letters home, of his time in the Hastings and Prince Edward regiment (affectionately known as the Hasty P 1 s ) during World War II. I learned more than just names of places like Ortona 2 ; more importantly, I learned about the Canadian narrative in the Second World War. Upon finishing that book, I tracked down another of Mowat s books dealing with the war: The Regiment .
Where My Father s Son gave me Mowat s personal experiences, feelings and outlook regarding the war while serving in Europe, The Regiment served more as a narrative of the Hastings and Prince Edward regiment in general. The Regiment ignited in me a real interest in the Italian campaign, I ve had a soft spot for the topic ever since: when I decided to buy Flames of War, it was Canadians in Italy that I chose to have as my force. So imagine my excitement when THIS showed up in the store s email yesterday! . . .
The one qualm I ve had with my Flames of War force is that by choosing Canadians in Italy, I ve been relegated to playing only during mid-war and everyone I know that plays the game plays pretty much only Late War .which has completley ground my progress with the army to an utter halt. For those not in the know, Flames of War divides their war game into three chronological eras: early (1939-41), mid (1942-43) and late (1944-45), so as to better tackle the immense changes in technology, troop experience and overall war fatigue/attrition that defined each country through the war. With these books, I ll be able to move most of the models I ve painted so far into the game s Late War period of 1944-45!
Once I ve scrounged up the time needed to finish my Canadians, I hope to then make a First Special Service Force army: the Devil s Brigade! Though listed in the book as an American force, it should be remembered that the First Special Service Force was not only an elite infantry force but also a joint army made up of American and Canadian soldiers. I m also excited that Battlefront has included a new Warrior (special character) for the Devil s Brigade: Tommy Prince.
Thomas George Tommy Prince 3 has the distinction of being Canada s most-decorated First Nations soldier to have served in World War II, and it s only fitting that he s been given some recognition by catching some rulebook limelight.
With a release date of March 8, 2014, I currently have mere weeks to finish up any other hobby projects before paying attention once again to my Flames of War models; they ve certainly been on the backest of back burners for the last year or so; it ll be nice to get them finished at long last! (Plus it ll give me something to blog about!) References ^ Hasty P (www.theregiment.ca) ^ Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men. (www.imaginarywars.com) ^ Thomas George Tommy Prince (en.wikipedia.org)
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Imaginary Wars | Flames of War: Tough Old Gut
Ever had an island that you just want to get rid of? No? Well the British have.
In April 1947, they decided to destroy the North Sea Island, Heligoland. They laced the island with about 4000 tons of leftover WWII ammunition. They then detonated the various explosives at once.
The island amazingly survived but it’s many fortifications were destroyed.
Despite the fact that they failed to get rid of the entire island, the British did secure a world record.
In the Guinness Book of World Records, this explosion is listed as the “largest single explosive detonation.” The energy released was equal to 3.2 kilotons of TNT. (Source) 1 References ^ (Source) (en.wikipedia.org)
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