Pleeease reassure me these are Cadets on parade

Something to motivate the Guards to do better.

 

QRK2

LE
But the heroes in the photo aren't walking to work are they? Plus, a blob of twenty soldiers shambling about in public like that would have drawn comment, regardless of rank.

Anyway, here's a capable unit, including officers, whose regimental tradition pioneered the principle of "everything necessary and nothing that's not", looking very smart in front a public that seems rather impressed by what it's seeing.

The appearance of 'Sarnies' Cowen does rather spoil it through.
 

TamH70

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Exrivofrigido

Old-Salt
I couldn't find a photo but this is from Wikipedia
On 13 June 1981, Sarjeant joined the crowds for Trooping the Colour, finding a spot near the junction between The Mall and Horseguards Avenue. When the Queen came past riding her 19-year-old horse Burmese, Sarjeant quickly fired six blanks from his starting pistol. The horse was momentarily startled but the Queen brought her under control; was unharmed. Corporal Galloway of the Scots Guards seized Sarjeant and pulled him over the crowd control barriers, where Galloway and others disarmed and subdued him
Somewhat of a resurrection of a post from a few days ago, but caught my eye. LCpl Galloway went up Tumbledown with John Kiszely a year later. He was one of the seven (I think) that reached the summit together, and was shot there, though survived the experience. I commissioned with his son, who was a Household Cavalry Officer.
 
Somewhat of a resurrection of a post from a few days ago, but caught my eye. LCpl Galloway went up Tumbledown with John Kiszely a year later. He was one of the seven (I think) that reached the summit together, and was shot there, though survived the experience. I commissioned with his son, who was a Household Cavalry Officer.
I forget where I picked up this next little gem, possibly it was John Ellis' excellent book about fighting in WW2 (Sharp End of War, or similar title, which puts it well over 25 years ago).

Studies conducted in 1939-45 showed that successful infantry attacks consistently matched the pattern you described: a handful of men getting on to the objective, and then an awkward period until the remainder of the unwounded trickled up to find them, while the defeated had either surrendered or legged it.

Viewed in light of this discovery, I was left thinking that the battle drill we called "The Reorg" (rooted as it was in hard-won experience against a Wehrmacht well-versed in rapid counter-attacks) probably deserved more attention than it usually received, when we were training.

But that's altogether too big a thread drift, even by my atrociously elastic standards :-D
 
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needlewaver

Old-Salt
Somewhat of a resurrection of a post from a few days ago, but caught my eye. LCpl Galloway went up Tumbledown with John Kiszely a year later. He was one of the seven (I think) that reached the summit together, and was shot there, though survived the experience. I commissioned with his son, who was a Household Cavalry Officer.
Can you imagine the interview:

HCR Regimental Colonel “So young man, why should we accept your request to join this regiment?”

Young Mr Galloway “Well you see, a while back, my father ‘subdued’ seven shades of it out of the tube who tried to put the frightners on The Boss. I believe she still sees him right at Christmas.”

Regimental Colonel “When can you start?”
 

ACAB

LE
Well it's actually surprisingly difficult to get a clear video of the shooting on the interwebs, but it very much appears that while the Guardsman nearest the shooter moves in (after a delay) it is the Bobbies who do most of the work, including a couple who run all the way across the street while Guardsmen much nearer stand erect and to attention.

While the Met's finest are risking life and limb running through and around the horses the fine gentlemen following Her Maj on horseback seem more concerned about keeping their mounts in line than immediately charging either at the miscreant swords drawn or at least rushing to form up a protective cordon of horse and Rupert flesh around their Sovereign Lady.

Sorry, this was not the finest hour of the Brigade of "Guards" no matter how you want to cut it.
Do shut up. You're making yourself look an absolute cock.
 
Something to motivate the Guards to do better.

Slipping standards right there... 17 out of position, 14 uniform deficiencies, 8 slightly ahead of step, 5 slightly behind step, 4 not wearing proper support garments, 2 with their own special interpretation of arm swing, 1 Mig not matching altitude in its group formation, and way too many stupid grins to count.
 
Something to motivate the Guards to do better.

Good to know that Putin's armed forces, (pressed men for the most part I believe?) can achieve fabulous precision at marching in geometrically straight ranks. And those fake smiles are brilliant indicators of how different are modern Russian troops, in Putin's "democracy" from their old-fashioned predecessors.

I wonder just how many thousand man-hours giving and receiving oppressive, institutionalized bullying it took to achieve the desired result :thumleft:
 
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Hmm.. I think these would "stiffen" my resolve more than lots of butch ruskie blokes.

Much better drill discipline than the Ruskies... but, note that soldier 2 and 4 in the third column are about 5cm left out of position, and Ms. Air Force Leader remained a consistent 10cm right out of position in her three member group the entire time.
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Uniform deficiencies, however are off the charts...

I count 9 with the three service leaders in front alone. Column three leader (behind Ms. Navy Leader, who has cocked AND rotated her cap, but I only counted that as 1 of her 3) has also lost her ruler for laying out her badges.

Have the three service leaders sent round mine so that I can we can give them remedial training.
 
Have the three service leaders sent round mine
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In that screenshot they remind me of the window display at one of the down-market Porno/Adult/SexToy stores in Grotty Charlotty, downtown West Berlin circa 1981, but at least they appear to have been recently inflated.
 
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Glad you noticed the effort.
It's the only realistic thing about sex dolls.

Just like the real thing, in the absence of external intervention, they sag.

'course, the plus side might be that while the cheapo inflatable ones may sag as much or worse than their flesh and blood sisters, they at least don't get so seriously cranky . .
 

bedended

War Hero
Looking at the image, I’d venture that this is largely a group of people not used to walking, walking in a natural manner or walking in public.

Look at their posture and indeed, their arms. The NCOs and the chap in the khaki beret stand out as being ‘old sweats’, at least in foot drill but the rest are holding themselves too straight, arms are exaggeratedly high.

Do all recruits / reservists / cadets / other ranks wear their peaks slashed to rival a Scots Guards drill pig.
Morning @moderator,
My bold, FOC:)
 

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