Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by HiHoJo, Jun 10, 2010.
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I thought it was just a swagger stick or small bamboo cane?
If I recall correctly from my Household Cavalry times we wouldn't trust our officers with a pointy stick let alone any thing that might go bang
Believe me, its not. Most of the population of ARRSE can only last 4 minutes.
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Certainly, in my day (1978-2000), the sight of an officer with a weapon of any description would have been cause for significant alarm in the Sgts' Mess. Worries the troops, d'you see?
If for any reason an Officer ended up with a minimi or something similar, things will have gone very very wrong.
L85A2/Pistol and nothing else.
Shooting stick. Except for the Paras, where an umbrella is the implement of choice; furled, of course. No gentleman would unfurl his umbrella.
If things get unpleasant, one may be obliged to draw one's sword. Hope this helps.
Surely a crop (Swaine,Adney and Brigg only)
Officers should be 'armed' only with a stout walking cane to thrash Johnny Foreigner with when he gets uppity, or else have his batman carry his Purdey in the event of a 'general uprising of the native populace'.
I understand that it is permitted to point in the general direction of the enemey with either a swagger stick or fountain pen.
Bad memory....Never could remember the password...Knew no Jerry would carry one...Had to prove I was an Englishman, you see.
..... and a trusty " Whistle " to really put the fear of God into the foe .
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