Another freakily close to the bone out of the blue revelation by the currant bun. Battle of the regiments FULL NEWS INDEX By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence editor TWO top English regiments are locked in a battle to the death â with one set to be axed in a fortnight. Either the Yorkshire-based Green Howards or Londonâs 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will fail to survive the huge Army shake-up. Brave ... boys in Iraq The Sun has learned that one or other of the two units â which have over SIX CENTURIES of distinguished service between them â will be scrapped next month. The decision will be the final piece in the jigsaw of drastic reorganisations and amalgamations which will see the Army lose four of its 40 infantry battalions. Unit's historic victory in the Crimea Facing axe ... Green Howards THE Green Howards originated in 1688 and have a highly honoured place in military history. They still celebrate the 1854 Crimea Battle of Alma, taking a 14-gun Russian position despite terrible casualties. They served with distinction in many other campaigns including the Somme and Ypres during the 1914-18 War and Dunkirk, El Alamein and Sicily in 1939-45. They have won 18 VCs, including the only one awarded on D-Day 1944. Originally the 19th Foot, their name stems from 1744 when their CO was a Colonel Howard and they wore green trim on their uniforms. They have just done a stint in Afghanistan. They are based in Chepstow but regimental HQ is in Richmond, North Yorks. Awarded 6 VCs before breakfast Possible chop ... Fusiliers THE Fusiliers have served in every major conflict from the time of William of Orange up to the latest war in Iraq. Their finest hour came on the morning of the landings at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915 when they were awarded six VCs before breakfast. Originally raised in 1685 as the 6th Foot, they have won 20 VCs in 40 battle honours. They took their name from a new kind of musket and adopted the feather hackles on their hats from French troops they defeated at St Lucia in 1778. In one particularly savage defence during the Peninsular War of 1809-14, almost all their officers were killed. Fusiliers are considered the Armyâs most experienced infantry unit in Ulster. Their regimental HQ is in the Tower of London. And this when neither of the Regts are in the top 10 worst recruited in the Army, let alone the top 4. WTF is going on? The Fusiliers are part of the Queens Div which went 'large' (ie the way CGS wants it now) back in 92, when along with the other Regts in the Div, they lost their 3rd Bns. The question is, what happens when the Fusiliers lose one of their Bns, and become a 'single bn regiment' as outlawed under the current regime? Does that mean we lose another English Regiment for the sake of some votes north of the border? Or do we lose The PWRR / the Anglians and the Fusiliers in a oner? This whole thing stinks.