1952, Wiltshire regiment.

oldbaldy

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Inspecting officer looks like a bag of shit!
 
#7
Isn't it interesting to reflect that the Reviewing Officer was probably a Subaltern at The Somme (or similar) location, yet he's reviewing troops in the Nuclear era who could have possibly served in the 1980s and even, as senior officers, taken part in the Falkalnds War, for example.
 

oldbaldy

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Well the geriatric senior officer appears to have Para wings on, so Old Baldy less of the bag of shite!
Doesn't look like wings to me. Definitely a badge of some description though.
 

oldbaldy

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Isn't it interesting to reflect that the Reviewing Officer was probably a Subaltern at The Somme (or similar) location, yet he's reviewing troops in the Nuclear era who could have possibly served in the 1980s and even, as senior officers, taken part in the Falkalnds War, for example.
When I first joined my battalion, in '67 the QM was WW2 SAS, quite a rack compared to the others who only had GSM, Malaya/Borneo if any. Fast forward a number of years my then boss was a crusty major who had an MC from Korea. When fully booted and spurred they both stood out.
Now as things wind down the youngsters joining today will see their seniors with a fair rack & unless something else happens they will have a Charles Coronation and that will be it.
 
#13
The reviewing Officer may well have been nails.

A few Battalions were disgraced and disbanded by Monty shortly after the Normandy landings. (The basic premise appears to be for not fighting hard enough.) A couple of CO's were dismissed.

The 4th & 5th Bn's The Wiltshire Regiment can hold their collective heads high. They landed, they fought (and died) alongside alongside The 4th Bn Somerset LI, 7th Bn Hampshire and 4th & 5th Bn's Dorsetshire with distinction.

A bit of scruffy? Pah.

Edited to add: The disbanded Battalions I mentioned above were NOT The Wiltshires.
 

oldbaldy

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I've got a few more of the same photos including them marching.
I can't work out how to post them on this thread so will open a new one up.
They served from 1952-54 and were heading to Hong Kong.
 
#19
On one of the first ceremonial parades I was on, the inspecting officer
was an oldish retired, but uniformed, brigadier

He had been awarded a posthumous VC during WW2.

[That's not some feeble attempt at humour-it happens to be true]
 

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