Cerimonial Elites

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  1. Gents
    literally just watching the Polish Military providing the Honor Guard for the return of the wife of the Polish president.
    Any Idea if the well turned out men are from Poland's Elite Ceremonial Regiment ? And who there are.
    Does every Nation have it's own ceremonial Unit if so who ?

    john
    OK real reason who are the Greeks in Frocks, bet they pizz the Jocks off.
     
  2. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    The American's famously have the Old Guard of the 3rd Infantry regt: linky

    The Canadians have the Ceremonial Guard. Would be interested to see what people like the Israelis or Australians have.
     
  3. UK: Household Division :)

    Thanks to google:

    Denmark: Den Kongelige Livgarde (The Royal Guards) is an infantry regiment of the Royal Danish Army, formed in 1658. It serves a dual role as both a front line combat unit, and as a guard/ceremonial unit in regard to the Danish monarchy.

    Sweden: The Life Guards as it exists today has been part of the Swedish Army since 2000, when the functions of three separate units, the Svea Life Guards, the Household Brigade and the Household Dragoons, all of which were classed as Household troops, were amalgamated into a single regiment.

    Greece: The Evzones, or Evzoni, (Greek: Εύζωνες, Εύζωνοι) is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Proedriki Froura (Presidential Guard), an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Άγνωστος Στρατιώτης), the Hellenic Parliament and the Presidential Mansion. The Evzones are also known, colloquially, as Tsoliades (Greek: Τσολιάδες; singular: Τσολιάς - Tsolias).

    Canada: The Ceremonial Guard is an ad hoc military unit in the Canadian Forces with elements drawn principally from two Primary Reserve (militia) regiments of Foot Guards: The Governor General's Foot Guards from Ottawa and the Canadian Grenadier Guards from Montreal.

    Norway: Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG) (lit., His Majesty The King's Guard; the Royal Guards) is a battalion of the Norwegian Army. The battalion has two main roles; it serves as the Norwegian King's bodyguards, guarding the royal residences (the Royal Palace in Oslo, Bygdøy Kongsgård and Skaugum) and Akershus Fortress in Oslo, and is also the main infantry unit responsible for the defence of Oslo. The HMKG is in theory under the direct command of the King of Norway. This is rarely the real case, however, as the King of Norway has a symbolic role rather than a political role. The HMKG is located in Huseby leir in Oslo. Huseby leir is located on the old Oslo farm Nordre Huseby gård (Northern Huseby farm), which was acquired by the Norwegian government in the late 1800s.
     
  4. Queens Colour Sqn. RAF Regt.....
     
  5. 63 Sqn? Yer avin' a larf.
     
  6. I Beg to differ:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exhibition_drill

    and

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafregiment/roles/

    basically summed up as..."the Squadron is world-renowned for its continuity drill displays and holds the world record for the most number of drill movements performed in 24 hrs following a single word of command."
     
  7. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    I got the feeling they were Lancers, 1. from the officers' riding breeches and boots and 2. the headgear that reminds me awfully of some of the headgear we see in pictures of our own cavalry pre-1900.

    And the fact that we all know that Polish Lancers were attributed with charging German Panzers in 1939 (however much the story may be apocryphal) .

    Or a meringue?
     
  8. Drill pigs :D
     
  9. How difficult is it to remember "Left, right, left, right, etc..."?

    Only kidding. Had close family ties when they were QCS, and still like to mock when the opportunity arises.. :)
     
  10. You mena the Greek Morrismen :twisted:
     

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  11. The Germans have got this lot ; here>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wachbataillon

    I was told that this unit is a successor to the WW2 'Grossdeutschland' Regiment that buggered up Stauffenbergs attempted Coup d'etat in July 1944.
     
  12. The czapka - or more accurately rogatywka. Most commonly associated with uhlans (and subsequently borrowed by, inter alia, the British, Austro-Hungarian, Prussian and assorted other German lancers/uhlans), but became the standard Polish service cap between WW1 and WW2. Resurrected at some point in the post-communist era, so not necessarily denoting lancers these days, as opposed to well turned out officers...
     
  13. Google 'Evzoni' and have a look at the first video that comes up. It makes the slow march look like a sprint.

    There is a great video somewhere of one of them tapping the butt of his rifle on the ground and the gat literally falling to pieces.
     
  14. Feck off. No Crab has ever worked for 24 hours ;)