PARAs on Public Duties?

BuggerAll

LE
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#1
An American friend took some photos of the Changing of The Guard outside Buck House recently.

The guards in question are wearing Maroon Lids. Is it the Guards Para Coy or are/were a PARA Bn on Public Duties?

 
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I think you will find the guys were Royal Engineers many of which are P-Company trained.
 
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cheese_ranger said:
that looks likely, a quick search on the web shows 23 engineer regt provided guards in march

As an old soldier, I am always proud to see our young soldiers doing the business. Well done.

Just as an aside, I think these links provide a fairly robust rebuttal to that possibly 'Wah' thread where the value of military drill was questioned.

"By the right, quick march".....ah, those were the days. :lol:
 
#10
If that was a few months ago then yes, they had RE badges on the Maroon lids. I was working just round the corner for a few days and had a quick double take myself!
 
#11
Also 13 AAS Regt RLC are doing / done it.

stilts
 
#12
Zulu-uhlu, you posted while I was gathering my thoughts.

Good on you, that was the rear end of my Army. Fine looking young lads.


Great coats and SLRs...wonderful to see. Good on you..
 
#13
I was in London over the Easter holidays and yes, they were RE.
 
#14
basso said:
Zulu-uhlu, you posted while I was gathering my thoughts.

Good on you, that was the rear end of my Army. Fine looking young lads.


Great coats and SLRs...wonderful to see. Good on you..
Ha!

Those Greatcoats were the worst thing I ever had to wear. I think they were left overs from WW1. :(

Notice, no BBC on the coats!
I think it had to do with the cost of the tailoring for the whole Battalion, for an event that lasted no more than a month.

To be honest, I absolutely hated doing public duties, I'd rather be out in the field covered in she-ite!
 

BuggerAll

LE
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#15
BBC on the coats? BBC?
 
#16
Of course, each to is own old son. You will have had the advantage of better fitting uniforms and more of a say in theses matters.
You may well be right in that I think that they were designed for WW1, but by Christ, they were warm and they were all we had prior to the development of modern synthetics.

With regard to being out in the she-ite as you phrase it, well, sometimes it comes down to duty being done. You may well be able to pick and choose these days...that was a luxury not granted to my blokes.

You are obviously a serving soldier, so I offer my respects to you and wish you God Speed in your endeavours.

basso.
 
#18
basso said:
You are obviously a serving soldier, so I offer my respects to you and wish you God Speed in your endeavours. basso.
No Basso, full monty done! Now just another hasbeen! :)
 
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