TA centenary - ideas for celebration here

#1
Sensible ones / discussions only please in this thread:

Wouldn't it be good to set up a website for people who have been in the TA to post their pics and war stories (or those from their families) as part of the centenary...

msr
 
#3
Maybe some kind of book detailing the historyof the TA, with stories and memoires, along the lines of the Forgotten Voices book about the Falklands. That way people could have something tangible to keep, as opposed to just a website, which even in this day adn age isn't always available all the time to all the people. Lots of nice glossy pics, maybe a chapter dedicated to each unit (might have to be more than one volume!). Just a thought. Could be used to generate some money for the ABF etc.
 
#4
msr said:
Sensible ones / discussions only please in this thread:

Wouldn't it be good to set up a website for people who have been in the TA to post their pics and war stories (or those from their families) as part of the centenary...

msr
Check out the free websites where I got mine. Obviously they are easy to use...I did it.
If you need help I am always available (unemployed)
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#6
But the website would only work for 2 evenings and 2 weekends a month up until about 2pm on the sunday when the post exercise bar opens!
 
#7
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the Piss.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?



Edited to add "National", as it looks like I was only advocating London Units.
 
#8
Excellent idea......more public awareness of the TAVR and other reserve formations...
 
#9
Praetorian said:
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the urine.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?



Edited to add "National", as it looks like I was only advocating London Units.
Are you barking mad!?
Have you any idea of what that would cost?
All those troops getting to the capital, road closures, police, ticker tape, and then you expect tea? Tea!
You Sir need to go and give yourself a good flogging forthwith.




Lets face it chaps, we'll be lucky if we get a Happy 100th on part 1 orders.
 
#10
Ah shit, thats a point. The brass need their swimming pools filled in their issued residences.

Is there any way that a lowly sprog can apply for an issue

"Mansion, Victorian, Shagpad, for the use of, x1"

I'm only asking for one......
 
#11
Praetorian said:
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the urine.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?
Stone me! Have you seen us do drill?
 
#12
I am in two minds about your post/idea.

As an ex-TA soldier myself, I find your idea commendable. The public should be reminded that we sleep safe in our beds at night because of, in part, to the TA. Your parae would be a wonderful party...

In two world wars, these men, who had volunteered before the outbreak of hostilities, were ready and waiting, and filled the gap. I know men who were mobilised in '39, went to war and did not get home untill '47...

However the TA is just a "formation" as it were, and many Regiments have been around a great deal longer. Of the two I served with, one was formed in the 1860s and the other in the 1500s.

One could not very well set a date, for example, for the creation of the British Army, although many historians here will choke on their gin on hearing that, although some say that if you take the union between England and Scotland as effectively creating a "Britain" that had a standing army, that is the anniversary.

In setting anniversaries for the TA therefore how far does one go back? 100 years, for a name? Further back to the volunteer rifle corps'? Further still to the very first militias, many of which fought with distinction at Waterloo and further afield?

I do see what you mean though, and the public should be continually reminded of previous sacrifices, but if you do it for the TA, then you have to for the Regular Army, CrabAir, the Royal Navy, RNVR, RMVR....

There is always Rememberance Day. And after the remembering, that's usually a good party too!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
Besides the parade would only have 3 seniors and 1 soldier present, the soldier would be minus his kit anyway!
 
#14
Praetorian said:
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the urine.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?



Edited to add "National", as it looks like I was only advocating London Units.
All ready happened.

I seem to remember being told that on the 75th anniversary all the TA Infantry Bn’s colour parties paraded at Wembley for HRH the Queen. Can anyone confirm this? I have also seen a painting by Terence Cuneo to mark the date. TA Soldier in foreground with all bits of kit behind him.

This time we’ll get F All. I’ve been told that what ever happens it has to be cost neutral. Now there’s a big thank you!

DoE
 
#15
Duke_of_Edinburgh said:
Praetorian said:
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the urine.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?



Edited to add "National", as it looks like I was only advocating London Units.
All ready happened.

I seem to remember being told that on the 75th anniversary all the TA Infantry Bn’s colour parties paraded at Wembley for HRH the Queen. Can anyone confirm this? I have also seen a painting by Terence Cuneo to mark the date. TA Soldier in foreground with all bits of kit behind him.

This time we’ll get F All. I’ve been told that what ever happens it has to be cost neutral. Now there’s a big thank you!

DoE
Does anyone get the idea that a TA Parade in London where anyone who has a stripe, or who has served for more than 3 years, has a Telic or Herrick medal may be bad PR for a Government trying to spin the myth that our Army is not overstretched?
 
#16
Praetorian said:
Duke_of_Edinburgh said:
Praetorian said:
Why not a parade of all TA units (National) in London to Horse Guards, where there is of course a ready made parade square. A march past Her Maj, and then off for Tea/Medals/On the urine.

Won't happen though.

One Army eh?



Edited to add "National", as it looks like I was only advocating London Units.
All ready happened.

I seem to remember being told that on the 75th anniversary all the TA Infantry Bn’s colour parties paraded at Wembley for HRH the Queen. Can anyone confirm this? I have also seen a painting by Terence Cuneo to mark the date. TA Soldier in foreground with all bits of kit behind him.

This time we’ll get F All. I’ve been told that what ever happens it has to be cost neutral. Now there’s a big thank you!

DoE
Does anyone get the idea that a TA Parade in London where anyone who has a stripe, or who has served for more than 3 years, has a Telic or Herrick medal may be bad PR for a Government trying to spin the myth that our Army is not overstretched?
:D

I can see it now, journo interviewing random TA bod.

'So, what do you do in you civilian life?'

''Im an IT consultant''

'I see you have a stripe on your arm, what does that mean?'

''Im a Lance Corporal, I was promoted just after I returned from Iraq''

'Oh you've been to Iraq?'

''Yes, returned about two months ago, it was my second tour''

'Really?, you certainly have done alot, how long have you been in the TA?'

''Coming up to two years''
 
#17
or, as Field Marshal once enquired of a certain Ranger Pu*c*ll.

FMB "Where are you from?"

RP "Plumber Sah"

FMB " And what do you do in civvy street?"

RP "Seven years, Sah"

FMB "And how long have you been in the TA?"

RP "Battersea, Sah"
 
#18
suits_U said:
I can see it now, journo interviewing random TA bod.

'So, what do you do in you civilian life?'

''Im an IT consultant''

'I see you have a stripe on your arm, what does that mean?'

''Im a Lance Corporal, I was promoted just after I returned from Iraq''

'Oh you've been to Iraq?'

''Yes, returned about two months ago, it was my second tour''

'Really?, you certainly have done alot, how long have you been in the TA?'

''Coming up to two years''
Or, even worse:

"What do you do in civvy life"

"I do 160 days for the TA, the rest of the time driving"

"Whys that?"

"Because there arn't enough regular staff to do the admin etc, so I end up doing 4 peoples jobs for little reward"

"Oh......"
 
#19
msr said:
Wouldn't it be good to set up a website for people who have been in the TA to post their pics and war stories (or those from their families) as part of the centenary...
Might be better to have more general site, which is running a 'TA' event.

What about printing a comic book? Reprinting those 'Territorial' Stories from Commando, Warlord, Victor etc.
 
#20
Praetorian said:
Does anyone get the idea that a TA Parade in London where anyone who has a stripe, or who has served for more than 3 years, has a Telic or Herrick medal may be bad PR for a Government trying to spin the myth that our Army is not overstretched?
It'd be cheaper in everyone in the TA without a Telic/Herrick/NATO medal were to have the parade...
 

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