Letter in todays Telegraph: Re: Operational effectiveness is key Date: 20 July 2004 Sir - Both the regular battalions of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment are above their establishment strength, and are among the best-recruited in the Army (leading article, July 16). Indeed, we were recently able to send a platoon to reinforce a less well-recruited battalion on operations in Iraq. In the 12 years since its formation by the amalgamation of the Queen's and Royal Hampshire regiments, the PWRR has established itself firmly in the counties of the South-East, from which we draw the great majority of our recruits. There will probably be a good deal of special pleading when emotive regimental issues are discussed. But what really counts is operational effectiveness. I wonder what my full-strength, confident 1st Battalion, performing superbly in difficult circumstances north of Basra, or my equally full-strength 2nd Battalion, readily deployable without any reinforcement, make of your piece. The regiment is unique among line infantry in having its own, well- recruited TA battalion, as well as two cap-badged companies in other TA units. These Territorials, like so many others, have been mobilised on a substantial scale for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. From: Brig Richard Holmes, Colonel, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Canterbury, Kent Now who's gonna tell the Telegraph the unofficial nickname of the PWRR obviously due to its heavy reliance on Commonwealth soldiers.