Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by hackle, Nov 22, 2004.
full story at http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=585402
Another piece in today's "POD edition" of the Independent.
General Sir Mike Jackson: 'I was skating on some thin ice, but I made damn certain I was not going to fall through'
The Monday Interview: Chief of the General Staff
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
No mission creep then
OC of the Army? That's a nifty new appointment.
In Iraq for years??
You don't say!!!!
Christ, is it beyond the newspapers to have at least one sub-editor on staff that can correct basic factual errors.
Well, what a surprise.
Come on, seriously. Who did not think that we would be in Iraq for years to come! Especially now the Insurgents have really kicked off.
The amazing thing is the way the Government and the General staff lie. Still thats politics for you.
So, now that it has finally been said, the Army is to stay in Iraq for probably a considerable amount of time. Lets see how we can help the Army.
PoD "I know, let's axe 4 infantry Regiments. That will make life easy for everyone!"
The article ends with the following puzzling paragraph:
42nd changed its name to a county town? WTF?
This is quoted in Richard Holmes' 'Redcoat', among other quotes from soldiers at the time (the Cardwell reforms of 1881) who swore that a name meant nothing and that the regimental number was all.
42nd as in 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot; merged with the 73rd to form the 1st and 2nd Bns of ..........The Black Watch! Clever of old pouch-eyes to remind us all that the BW are themselves a merger.....
Presumably the old soldier who is quoted did actally die before the reforms came about... Unless you can think of a town called 'The Black Watch'?
42nd changed its name to a county town? WTF?[/quote]
Aye, Hackle. It's Schwarztewacht in Lower Saxony.
Aye, Hackle. It's Schwarztewacht in Lower Saxony. [/quote]
Stabtastic - well recognised quote! Now if you could tell us what else POD has been reading....
stab old son - the 73rd Regiment of Foot were originally the 2nd Battlion of the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot.
I would therefore put it to you that it was more of a home coming than a merger.
Please feel free to seek confirmation from Balhousie Castle - i'm sure they would be more than happy to arrange a tour
I'll give you that; you're correct. But it was funnier not to mention it just to see how much indignation came over the net.
I'll pass on the Balhousie Castle thing though. In a few weeks it looks like I'll have two more regimental HQ's to get familiar with anyway..... and I won't be mentioning the word 'tour' to the Mrs for a while either.
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