I will also let you know for future reference that I live and work in Queensland for 9 months of the year and then I take a three month rest period in the NT top end because I have properties in both states and can afford to take 3 months out. How lucky am I for being a knob?Yeah I knew that you lived there..... Not
So you're saying before the Parachute regiment existed there were no Paras ?The "Hats" irony is that the original battalions originated from converted regimental battalions.
Todays 1 PARA come from the 6th Parachute Battalion who were formed from 10 Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers.
2 PARA come from 5th Parachute Battalion who were formed from 7 Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
3 PARA come from 7th Parachute Battalion who were formed from 10 Bn Somerset Light Infantry.
The DNA of "Hats" runs thick in the Regiment's veins, more so than a lot of other regiments in the British Army.
Sorry about this but that isn't true, when you undertake selection and even though my days were 60 years ago ish, the first thing you do is learn map reading. There were no judgment calls about if you could or couldn't, they taught you. My understanding is that they do the same thing today. So asking anybody about how to get somewhere is rubbish.Thread drift...but true dit nonetheless...
In the mid 80's some of the Hereford Hooligans were known as "blades" (from being in sabre squadrons).
However to some of the Int Corps who had dealings with them they were known as "blunts"...
Blade - "I can't find Leeds castle on this map, you're Int, where is it?"
Int - "That is a map of Yorkshire mate, Leeds, sheet 289. Leeds Castle is in Kent, OS sheet 148. Here you go..."
There was even talk of a subversive cartoon strip - Blunt **** the Troublesome Trooper...
Those who were there at the time will know...
You might want to get an adult to read the book to you again. He was a Coy Commander and Bn 2ic in 1 PARA before going on to command 3 PARA.I read Lt Col Stuart Tootal's book. Before taking over 3 PARA, he had served in a Scottish regiment. I bet that put some noses out of joint. Someone serves his time as a platoon and company commander in Para Regt battalions, as well as staff and training postings, only to have someone from an outside regiment, only just passed P Company, and takes over the job you want, on an opertional tour, while you count paper clips as a SO1 in MOD or BAOR or wherever.
Sorry about this but that isn't true, when you undertake selection and even though my days were 60 years ago ish, the first thing you do is learn map reading. There were no judgment calls about if you could or couldn't, they taught you. My understanding is that they do the same thing today. So asking anybody about how to get somewhere is rubbish.
So you're saying they built Leeds castle in the wrong place ?
I will make it simple for you...
The point I was making is that said trooper was looking for Leeds castle on a map of Leeds, which is in Yorkshire OS sheet 289.
Leeds Castle is in Kent.OS sheet 148
Ergo he was looking for Leeds Castle on the wrong map sheet.
He probably could read a map very well. His knowledge about the place he was supposed to find on a map however left something to be desired.
As to it being true. I was there when it happened.