I've just seen this letter in the latest edition of "Soldier". I too have been pretty unimpressed by the coverage of TA100 which seems to be based on rubbishing the past "it used to be just a drinking club but not now ... etc"). Times change. Enemies change. Requirements change. The TA changes. It doesn't mean that the the people serving in the TA in whatever era deserve any less respect. --------------------------------------------------- Cold War Territorials âmost potent everâ WHO is responsible for the untruth on the official website of the Territorial Army as it celebrates its centenary? Describing the Cold War years, it states: âThroughout this period of fluctuating fortunes, the TA was never regarded as a particularly useable or effective force, either by the Government of the day or by the Regular Army.â Absolute bunkum. The TA of the 1980s was the most potent ever. It was 70,000-strong, equipped with the latest weaponry and much of it was committed to Nato. The One Army concept, which is claimed as a 21st century invention, was coined during the 1980s. If the TA had been mobilised in the 1980s, it would have gone into action alongside the Regulars and, from what I saw of it during my service from 1976 to 1992, would have acquitted itself well. The notion that the TA âonly came of ageâ in Iraq and Afghanistan is nonsense. Indeed, it may be that short-term demands imposed on todayâs citizen army will kill it off altogether, and a great national asset will be lost. Maj (Retd) Peter Rhodes, R Signals, Kenilworth.