26 Nov 2013 14:41 1 Nearly 200 troops from the 1st Battalion (1RRF) have landed back on British soil after a six-month tour in Afghanistan Thousands lined the streets of Leamington this afternoon to welcome home our heroes from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Nearly 200 troops from the 1st Battalion (1RRF) have landed back on British soil after a six-month tour in Afghanistan and the appreciation and pride in our boys and girls of the armed forces was clear for all to see at a homecoming parade through the town this afternoon. Beaming family and friends were among those cheering the soldiers as they marched along the packed streets and onwards to the Town Hall where history was made when 1RRF became the first troops to be granted the Freedom of Warwick District.
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers parade The soldiers included members of The Colours, Corps of Drums and Military Band who also lined up for an impeccable inspection, before the finale of a civic reception.
Their celebrated homecoming parade follows their latest stint in Afghanistan where they helped support the transition of security responsibility to the Afghan national security forces.
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A Joint Concert with The Band of the Grenadier Guards 1 On Sunday 27th October 2013, Eynsford Concert Band and The Band of the Grenadier Guards performed to a packed audience at the Pamoja Hall in Sevenoaks, Kent. This Bond of Friendship charity concert, kindly sponsored by BAE Systems, was a tribute to our armed forces and in support of SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. In the audience were Lord & Lady Astor, Lord & Lady De L lsle, Councillor Trudy Dean and many other local dignitaries including our very own Conductor Laureate, John Hutchins.
The idea for this joint concert first began back in September 2012 when Captain Mike Smith became our Musical Director. At that time, Mike was also the Director of Music to the Band of the Grenadier Guards so this seemed the perfect match. So, almost a year after the idea was first born we gathered at Pamoja Hall for our first joint rehearsal.
We were thrilled that we were to perform with The Grens but also a little apprehensive, hoping that we would perform professionally and to our highest standard. The Grens arrived (in combat uniform) while we were rehearsing our first half pieces and I think it is safe to say that their arrival caused quite a stir particularly amongst us ladies! Eynsford Concert Band opened the evening s program, joined by a Fanfare of seven trumpets from The Grenadier Guards standing on the balcony behind us.
Resplendent in their full ceremonial dress and bearskins, it was a performance of the National Anthem, quickly followed by Statham s Great and Glorious that clearly set the tone for an unprecedented evening of music ahead. Eynsford Concert Band completed their set with Reed s Festive Overture and a selection from West Side Story . Major Kevin Davies then picked up the baton for The Band of the Grenadier Guards who closed out the first half with four pieces that included Saint-Saens March Militaire Francoise and Chaminade s Concertino that featured soloist Dawid Venter on Flute.
The second half of the concert proved to be a massed band spectacular. Our two bands combined on stage to play a varied program of music which included the beautiful Hymn to the Fallen , by John Williams and Irving Berlin s Showstoppers . A special trombone feature, Sharpe s Blades of Toledo , showed off the talents of the combined trombone section while Graham s Cossack Fire Dance featured the talents of five soloists from The Grenadiers on clarinet, trombone, euphonium,trumpet and xylophone with performances that were absolutely breathtaking.
Our Finale was William Walton s rousing Crown Imperial that, with over 80 musicians on stage, was both very moving and extremely loud! The concert finished with the Service Marches and the March of the British Grenadiers. We d like to say a special thank you to Neil Crabtree from SSAFA for his help in organising the concert.
It was an amazing evening enjoyed by the audience and bands alike, and an honour and privilege for us to share the stage with The Band of the Grenadier Guards. It is a memory that we will treasure for many years to come. Angela Norris, Clarinet Brian, Can I pass on my thanks to you and all members of your band.
Not only was it enjoyable to share the stage with such a high quality band, I can safely say it s been many a year since we have been hosted so well. From the warm welcome to the fine evening meal it all helps to get the band in the right frame of mind to perform at their best, something a lot of people fail to realise. The whole evening went well in a relaxed atmosphere with good music and hopefully we have raised a good amount of money for the charity.
We will look and see if there is any possibility of either a visit to Wellington Barracks or a return concert next year. All the best with your remaining engagements this year and many thanks for the kind gifts of the CDs. Kind regards, Andrew A P WoodWarrant Officer Class OneSenior Band Sergeant MajorHousehold Division Brian, Many thanks for your kind words following the success of the concert last Sunday.
I know Woody has already responded with his words of appreciation. Thank you for hosting both the band and me so well. Your band was extremely willing and professional and it made the reality of putting on a concert that was able to please both the audience and challenge the two bands a reality and extreme pleasure.
I wish your band (in the very capable hands and directorship of Mike) all the best for future events and very much hope that we can undertake a similar venture next year With kindest regards, Kevin Major KL Davies CAMUSDirector of MusicBand of the Grenadier Guards Brian, Please pass on my appreciation to all band members for their fabulous performance at last night s concert. They did themselves proud and I am still on a musical high this morning. The feedback I received from the Grenadiers Band has been excellent with many comments on the bands professionalism and great sound and stating that they really would look forward to doing something similar again in the not too distant future.
Brian, much of the success of the evening was down to your hard work and effort behind the scenes ensuring that everything, with the exception of my music being on the stand, ran like clockwork.
Mike SmithMusical DirectorEynsford Concert Band References ^ Permanent Link to A Joint Concert with The Band of the Grenadier Guards (www.eynsfordconcertband.co.uk)
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Today there is a Revolutionary War re-enactment at Rippon Lodge 1 in Woodbridge. From 11am to 4pm, re-enactors will represent the 3rd Virginia Regiment 2 and will muster for inspection and to make ready. Residents are invited to come for the day to see the troops.
Living history demonstrations of both military and civilian life during the American Revolution will take place all day. Admission is free. The 3rd Virginia Regiment was raised on December 28, 1775 at Alexandria, Virginia for service with the Continental Army.
The Regiment was organized out of companies from several local counties including Prince William County. The 3d Virginia s initial commander was Colonel Hugh Mercer, who was quickly promoted to brigadier general. Its second commander, George Weedon, was also promoted to brigadier general within a few months.
Weedon was succeeded in command by Colonel Thomas Marshall, the father of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The regiment saw action in the New York Campaign the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, Valley Forge, Monmouth and the Siege of Charleston. Rippon Lodge is one of the oldest known homes in Prince William County.
Built circa 1747 by Richard Blackburn the house is situated between Neabsco Creek and the historic King s Highway (present day Route 1). Richard Blackburn and his son Thomas had extensive land holdings where they grew tobacco, wheat and other commodities. Rippon Lodge was located near the bustling port town of Dumfries allowing the Blackburn s easy export of their goods to England.
Thomas Blackburn was a Revolutionary War militia member and was active in local politics. The last private owner of Rippon Lodge purchased the home in 1952. Admiral Richard Blackburn Black continued to preserve the home and history as Ellis had.
The Admiral was a direct descendent of the original builder Richard Blackburn. Admiral Black is noted for his exploration of Antarctica along with Admiral Richard Byrd. Admiral Black s daughter sold the property to Prince William County in 2000.
Extensive restoration work began at Rippon Lodge in 2000 and was completed in 2007 when the site opened for public tours. QuanticoLive is brought to you by MilitaryByOwner Advertising. Inc., your resource for MCB Quantico Off-Base Housing 3 .
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Stop biting your shagging nails.
I am happy she returned home and everything and I would like to poker her in her minge, but is this really a news worthy event. She is not the only one returning from the sandy shit hole.
I see the poppy fascists are out in force in Britain today. It is their Remembrance Day 1 , when all good British wear the poppy to remember their war dead. Woe betide any person who casts aspersions on all the glorious military conflicts the British have been involved in.
A huge vigilante group in the media and among war glorifiers watch carefully for any transgressions. It is the military version of political correctness gone mad. For weeks before they are gimlet eyed, seeking transgressors, ready to pounce.
Two Irish soccer players this weekend were attacked for alleged poppy violations. Irish international footballer James McClean, 2 whose family comes from Derry, had caused a firestorm last year when he made clear his opposition to celebrating the British Army and all its works based on what his family went through. This year his manager, Owen Coyle had to insist he was not dropped from the Wigan team for not wearing the poppy emblem, rather he was injured.
Some were not buying that. Then Irish international Shane Long was accused of breaking the poppy code by not wearing a West Brom jersey with the poppy on it. He also denied it, saying that he merely changed jerseys and was given one without a poppy.
The two incidents reveal that poppy fascism is alive and well, however. Last year targets were the Irish leader Enda Kenny and rugby legend Brian O Driscoll who were attacked for not pinning on a poppy during visits to Britain. It is poppy fascism gone mad.
John Snow, the distinguished British commentator, refuses to wear a poppy for that very reason, as he rails against the Poppy fanatics who regard not wearing one in honor of Britain s war dead as close to treason. I ll wear my own poppy when the British wear an Easter Lily remembering the Easter Rising 3 of 1916 dead that is it, pure and simple. The First World War 4 for instance was a complete abomination, a blood filled massacre on a thousand battlefields that left millions dead and ravaged and led to the even bloodier Second World War conflict.
Thirty seven million died including 8 million soldiers in the bloodiest war in history to that point and we are supposed to celebrate that? Beside that, Patrick Pearse s 1916 Rebellion with 446 killed was like a rounding error for the First World War casualties. On a point of principle I would not want to commemorate it, no more than I would the Vietnam War here which I regard as the closing kick of American paranoia about communism in Southeast Asia.
Very few wars are just, as the churches and your common sense will tell you, and World War One, which has its origins in a series of utterly obscure events in the Balkans, will never be in that category. Of course there were brave men who fought in it and died, lions led by donkeys as the Ulster Volunteers called it, but that does not excuse its utter uselessness. For any Irish leader to wear the poppy would be to ennoble that dreadful struggle where the upper class Brits sent millions of working-class men to their deaths.
No way say I that it should be remembered and treated as some kind of antiseptic heroic deed from long ago. The men who died so needlessly would surely not want it so. So count me out poppy fascists – unless you wear the Easter Lily too.
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Sergeant Andy McNab DCM, MM (born 28th December 1959) is the pseudonym of an English novelist and former SAS operative and soldier. McNab came into public prominence in 1993, when he published his account of the Special Air Service (SAS) patrol, Bravo Two Zero, for which he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1991. He had previously received the Military Medal in 1980, awarded for an action whilst serving with the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland during 1979.
In addition to Bravo Two Zero he has written two other autobiographies and a number of fiction books. McNab was born on 28th December 1959. Found abandoned on the steps of Guy`s Hospital in Southwark in a Harrods shopping bag, he was brought up in Peckham, with his adoptive family.
He did not do well in school, dropped out and worked at various odd jobs, usually for friends and relatives, and was involved in petty criminality, finally being arrested for burglary in 1976. Partly inspired by his brother s time in the army, he wanted to join the British Army. He failed the entry test for training as an army pilot, but enlisted with the Royal Green Jackets at the age of sixteen.
He was posted to Kent for his basic training, and boxed for his regimental team. After basic training, he was posted to the Rifle Depot in Winchester. In 1977, he spent time in Gibaltar as part of his first operational posting, while with 2 RGJ.
From December 1977 to June 1978, he was posted to South Armagh, Northern Ireland, as part of the British Army s Operation Banner . In 1978 and 1979, he returned to Armagh as a newly promoted Lance Corporal, and claimed to have killed for the first time during a firefight with the Provisional IRA. McNab wrote of the incident: I remember vividly the first time I had to kill someone to stay alive.
I was a 19-year-old soldier in Keady, South Armagh, and my patrol stumbled across six IRA terrorists, preparing for an ambush. When the shooting started, they were just 20 metres away from my patrol. I was scared, very scared.
He was awarded the Military Medal for this incident. However, security sources later reported that the person McNab shot was only wounded and died as a result of injuries from a separate shootout later that day. In 1982, after eight years with the Royal Green Jackets, he attempted SAS selection.
After failing his first attempt, he passed in 1984, and transferred to the SAS. During his 10 years with Air Troop, B Squadron, 22 SAS, McNab served with Al Slater,Frank Collins and Charles Nish Bruce. In a November 2008 Interview with the Daily Telegraph, McNab describes Bruce as one of my heroes.
McNab worked on both covert and overt operations including counter terrorism and drug operations in the Middle East and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland. McNab trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime target elimination, demolitions, weapons, tactics, covert surveillance roles and information gathering in hostile environments, and VIP protection. He worked on cooperative operations with police forces, prison services, anti-drug forces and Western backed guerrilla movements as well as on conventional special operations.
In Northern Ireland, he spent two years working as an undercover operator with 14 Intelligence Company, going on to become an instructor. During the First Gulf War, McNab commanded Bravo Two Zero, an eight man SAS patrol that was given the task of destroying underground communication links between Baghdadf and north-west Iraq and with tracking Scud missile movements in the region. The patrol was dropped into Iraq on 22 January 1991, but was soon compromised, escaping on foot towards Syria, the closest coalition country.
Three of the eight were killed, and four captured (including McNab) after three days on the run; one member, Chris Ryan, escaped. The captured men were held for six weeks before being released on 5th March. By that time, McNab was suffering from nerve damage to both hands, a dislocated shoulder, kidney and liver damage, and hepatitis B .
After six months of medical treatment he was back on active service. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab claims to have been the British Army s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS in February 1993 McNab assumed his pseudonym while writing Bravo Two Zero . When he appears on television to promote his books or to act as a special services expert, his face is shadowed to prevent identification.
As Larry King put it, when McNab appeared on the Larry King live show on CNN: We have Andy in shadows. He s wanted by terrorist groups. According to the book The Big Breach , by Richard Tomlinson, a renegade MI6 spy, McNab was part of a special training team after the Iraq war, training MI6 recruits in sabotage and guerrilla warfare techniques.
Due to the extremely sensitive nature of his work while serving with the SAS, McNab has a legally binding contract obliging him to submit his writings to the British Ministry of Defence for review. He is still believed to be wanted by a number of the world s terrorist organisations; he therefore chooses not to reveal either his face or his current location. After leaving the Army, McNab developed and maintained a specialist training course for news crews, journalists and members of non-governmental organisations working in hostile environments.
He spent time in Hollywood as a technical weapons advisor and trainer on Michael Mann`s film Heat. He was also the technical advisor on the 2005 crime film Dirty. In February 2007, McNab returned to Iraq for seven days as The Sun newspaper s security advisor with his old regiment, the Royal Green Jackets.
There, he researched the background for Crossfire (2007). McNab has written about his experiences in the SAS in three best-selling books, Bravo Two Zero (1993), Immediate Action (1995), and Seven Troop (2008). Bravo Two Zero sold over 1.7 million copies, with Immediate Action selling 1.4 million in the UK.
It has been published in 17 countries and translated into 16 languages. The CD spoken word version of Bravo Two Zero , narrated by McNab, sold over 60,000 copies and earned a silver disc. A BBC film of Bravo Two Zero, starring Sean Bean, was shown on prime time BBC One television in 1999 and released on DVD in 2000.
Immediate Action , McNab s autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the bestseller lists following the lifting of an ex-parte injunction granted to the Ministry of Defence in September 1995. The veracity of McNab s first book, Bravo Two Zero , has been questioned by Michael Asher, an explorer, Arabist, and former SAS soldier, who visited Iraq with a Channel 4 film crew, and interviewed many eye-witnesses. Asher concluded that much of what McNab wrote was a fabrication, and that there was no evidence that the Bravo Two Zero patrol accounted for a single enemy casualty.
Moreover, McNab s account and that of his comrade Chris Ryan are contradictory on many points. This has been corroborated by Peter Ratcliffe, who was regimental sergeant major of 22 SAS Regiment during the Gulf War, who stated that, in a debriefing to the entire Regiment, recorded on video, none of the patrol members mentioned contacts with large numbers of enemies or any of the other extraordinary incidents included in the books. Asher s conclusion was that the book s claim to be the true story of an SAS patrol in action was a fraud.
Despite threats from their lawyers, neither McNab nor Ryan have brought a libel action against Asher for his conclusions, which were accepted by the Ministry of Defence to the extent that they issued a letter to the parents of deceased patrol-member, Vince Phillips, exonerating him from blame for compromising the patrol, as claimed in the books. McNab is the author of a number of action thrillers. He has been officially registered by Nielsen Book Scan as a best-selling British thriller writer.
Nick Stone Missions is a successful series based on an ex-SAS soldier working on deniable operations for British intelligence. The series draws extensively on McNab s experiences and knowledge of Special Forces soldiering. TheBoy Soldier Series was written with the cooperation of Robert Rigby and follows a boy named Danny Watts and his grandfather Fergus, apparently a rogue ex- SAS soldier.
Andy McNab has also written books for Quick Reads, a charity that supports World Book day. BBC raw words offers exclusive audio versions of the latest Quick Reads by Andy McNab, Last Night Another Soldier (2010), read by Rupert Degas. Other fiction books include Audio Stories, Men at War series, Battlefield 3, Tom Buckingham series, and two young adult series: Dropzone Stories and The New Recruit series After his work on the Miramax film Heat , Miramax acquired the film rights to the first four of McNab s novels, and Echelon (2012) is currently when ?
in production, based on the book Firewall (2000). McNab will co-produce and co-write the script and also act as technical adviser. According to McNab on his 2011 book signing tour, either Jason Statham or Tom Hardy will play the lead role of Nick Stone.
He now lives in New York He is also a director of military service recruitment, mentoring and Foundation organisation, ForceSelect. McNab is also a board member of a private security company. He worked with Dice on perfecting various situations involving techniques on gun fighting, stance and other war-related issues for Battlefield 3.
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Continue reading 1 The Second Boer War was fought from 11th October 1899 to 31st May 1902, between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic).
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