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  1. This is indeed a jewel from a masonic order, certainly in Scotland: Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta Yours Fraternally Bro. Stuart Wilson St John Lodge 20 St Machute 471 RAC MEJ Banks Of Avon Preceptory 103 St Machute Cryptic Council 471 RAM
  2. Its a Masonic Knights Malta ring, any fratres who belong to the order will recognise the symbolism on the ring. It is not a Scottish ring thats for sure, I am not certain but it may be English. Bro. Stuart Wilson Lodge St John No 20 St Macute RA 471 Banks Of Avon Preceptory 103
  3. Does anybody remember saving the tokens off action man uniforms? I once had enough to get the Action man guard dog......fearsome looking brute
  4. Do you mean the 'South Essex' volunteers And think you may be refering to a Richard Sharpe
  5. Gentlemen, Any thoughts on which was the best all round aircraft of WW2? and how it successful it was in its role.
  6. I personally think that the greatest loss / waste was the sinking of HMS Repulse & HMS Prince of Wales by Japanese aircraft. Big mistake by Churchill, typically not paying attention, that gun boat diplomacy had been over for 25 years, sending 2 capital ships to Singapore was a disaster waiting to happen. I mean churcills CV as First Lord of The Admirality was not exactly first class <_< . Although a catastrophy the Hood was sunk in a fair fight with another capital ship, and I believe that if Hood had not blown up the Bismarck would have out gunned her anyway along with The Prince of Wales who suffered damage from Bismarck and had to withdraw. Remember Bismarck was state of the art, HMS Hood was an old ship with many unsatisfactory refits ( Built Clydebank 22nd August 1918) But that event as some of the Bismarck survivors testify ensured their own destruction. Very brave men from both sides.
  7. Two battles or operations: 1. Stalingrad, without which there would have not been Kursk, however if the germans had pulled off Kursk it would have delayed the soviets possibly 6-8 months, crucil time for the Eastern Front. 2. Falaise-Argentan pocket. This destroyed some of the very best german units, after this is was just a tough run to the reich, but unstopable. :ph34r:
  8. There were 307 men executed by firing squad by the British High Command from 1914-1919. The final execution took place on 19th May 1919. The men from Britain, New Zealand, Canada and other parts of the Empire, were almost exclusively from the ranks, only two were officers. Many of these men had performed with extreme courage in the past under the most strenuous of circumstances, one man in particular a Sergeant W Stones - at 2.30am on Nov 26, 1916 (on the Somme), the British came under heavy mortar fire in thick mist. Stones went out on patrol with a lieutenant and came face to face with the enemy. The lieutenant was shot dead and Stones ran back to raise the alarm. He jammed his rifle across the trench to slow down the pursuing Germans - this cost his life. On return when it was discovered he had no weapon he was arrested with "shamefully casting away his arms". He was later tried and shot. Others were shot for insubordination, striking a officer offences that would probably got you a good bollocking or jankers 20 years later. What sickens me is that this was going on in conjuction with the biggest military mismangement in history under the glorious command of Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig. It strikes me that these men and boys, (two were 16 one of which was 15 when he commited his 'crime' they were both shot together) were shot not because they were guilty, but AS AN EXAMPLE. They should ALL be pardoned and the Haig fund should be renamed, that man should be shown for what he was a miltary clown who had no idea of static defensive warfare, attack or counter attack all Haig was good for was killing half armed, half starved tribesman. He was inept and completely out of his depth, but the irony he was the best the British had. flame
  9. Sorry Foo old chum not actually a hackle, those are for Fusilier regiments & some Scottish regiments. Any Queens regiment were known as the 'Buffs' Buff is a silly name for yellow. It is in fact a yellow.......sorry a Buff diamond shape (Plastic) inserted behind the badge. I think it is a reminder to the regiment that they are Queens and should be steady at all times
  10. Believe it or not the expression SWEET FANNY ADAMS (SFA) was a Naval expression that became incorperated within normal language. Fanny Adams (Sweet Fanny Adams) Was the child victim of a notorious Victorian murder case. Fanny Adams aged approximately nine was murdered at Alton, Hants on 24 April 1867. The murderer (Frederick Baker, a solicitor's clerk, aged 29) cut the body up into pieces, some of which were allegedly found in Deptford Victualling Yard. Baker was tried at Winchester and hanged in December 1867. At about this time tinned mutton was introduced into the Navy and soon acquired the name of Fanny Adams. The tins were subsequently used by sailors as mess gear. The name "fanny" is still the Naval slang for a cooking pot as well as being used in the nickname sense.
  11. The forlorn hope was essentially made up of 'Volunteers' to be the initial storming party. Either into a breach or indeed to scale walls. As regards any special recognition for this I could not find any evidence, however I found some work regarding the role of the 42nd Highland (Black Watch) at Badajoz. At Badajoz, where the British casualties were particularly heavy, the victorious Allies took a fearful vengeance on their French enemies, the town being given up to a three-day orgy of drunken looting, rape and murder. Exactly what role the Black Watch took in this riot is not recorded, but it is perhaps significant that they received no battle honour for Badajoz. So prosumably because of the debacle following the storming no military honours were handed out, only floggings and hangings!! There was an assault on the fort of Monte Saint Michael where elements of the 42nd were in the Forlorn hope, this was initially repulsed by the French, the Black Watch eager to take the Fort tried to persuade our portugese Allies to assist them to re-assault, they enthusiastically declined to a man. All seemed lost until the 79th (Cameron) Highlanders came to the assistance of the Black Watch. A fresh attack commenced and, after a fierce and desperate fight, the Scottish soldiers succeeded in capturing the fort of Monte Saint Michael. Despite searching I could not find any special distinction for being in the Forlorn Hope. Could it be that the Forlorn Hope were made up of men who had disgraced themselves in some way and this was a chance to escape a hanging and therby redeem their honour.
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