Soldiering The Green Machine

One of the better films about Army Basic Training (It has been over 35 years ago when I was at Ft Dix NJ for Basic)


I can just see some Russian General reaching for the vodka right about now.

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The British sure were busy in Africa back in the day!

Hello and Welcome from an old campaigner …..

Here is a collection of military tales mostly based upon the activities of officers and men from the British County Regiments who came to Africa to do their duty as they understood it had to be done.
There is also some description of events during the Great War in Africa, and details of war-time units raised within the continent. Most of these accounts have been published in regimental and museum newsletters and journals.
Some constant themes run through accounts of fighting in Africa: 
The ferocity of the fight – killing is the only thing that counts.
Administrative problems, particularly the provision of water and the vulnerability of lines of communication, often determine tactics.
Much of the terrain dictates that infantrymen do the fighting – armour, field artillery and aircraft may be useful but their presence involves costly technical support.
Tribal custom and belief can win or lose the day.
The local enemy leader does not burden his mind with complications such as taking prisoners or evacuating casualties.
Africa always wins – the invaders or colonizers in the end acquiesce.

During 50 years of observing campaigns in Africa – mercenary insertions, tribal conflicts, colonial actions, and liberation struggles – it is noticeable that nothing much changes.
As you read these words some army somewhere in Africa, probably equipped with very basic weapons, will be fighting and killing.
That is how it is.
So sit back and savour some military moments from the past.
After a particularly rough battle in Africa Sir Henry Newboldt wrote in his poem “Vitai Lampada”:
                              “The sand of the desert is sodden red, 
                                Red with the wreck of a square that broke; 

                               The Gatling’s jammed and the colonel dead,
                               And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.

                              The river of death has brimmed his banks,
                              And England’s far, and Honor a name,
                               But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks,
                              “Play up! play up! and play the game!””

Above: The Medals of Major E.W. Hunt DSO, MC. Major Hunt was an old Africa campaigner, besieged with Baden Powell at Mafeking he later fought in German South West Africa then German East Africa.

Harry’s Wars in Africa
–Egypt 1882: 
Wolseley leads his men from Alexandria to Tel-El-Kebir
–Angoniland Rebellion:
 Nyasaland 1898-99
–Gambia 1866: 
A Victoria Cross for Samuel Hodge, serving with the 4th West India regiment
— The Yoni Campaign: Sierra Leone 1887-88
–Witu 1890: A punitive expedition in East Africa

–The Jebu War: 
Nigeria 1892
–Bronkhorst Spruit: 
The first shots of the 1880-1881 Transvaal war are fired.
–Rejaf 1897: A battle in the Congo Free State
–Taita Hills: A punitive expedition in 1898
 Fighting an epidemic, then fighting a battle

Mafia Island: Battle in an exotic location off the coast of GEA
–The Lake Chad area: The men of the Nigeria Regiment take WW1 up onto Mora Mountain
–The fight for Zuganatto bridge:
 Baron Eric von Otter of the 3rd King’s African Rifles wins the Military Cross
–A Final Volley! :  Major Harold Walter Gooch Meyer Griffith, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was killed in Action in Kamerun in 1915, at the same time winning the French Croix de guerre
— Bweho-Chini: Bayonets in the bush then medals all around in a gallant action in German East Africa in 1917
— The East Africa Police Service Battalion:
 Policemen mobilised against the Schutztruppe.
— The Baganda Rifles: Ugandan hunters fighting in German East Africa
— Ross’s Scouts: Major Charles Ross DSO, leads a scouting commando in German East Africa.
–We have got the Maxim Gun: Captain A.J. Pott DCM took part in the campaign in Darfur 1916 including the battle at Beringia   
–Longido Mountain 1915:
 Lieutenant Thomas Wilson wins an MC for cool machine gun work during an abortive attack
The Narungombe water holes: Lieutenant John Lawrence Leslie-Smith, originally of The Border regiment, won the Military Cross while fighting with the Gold Coast regiment in the Kilwa – Lindi region in German East Africa
–Lukuledi Mission: Fighting in German East Africa 1917
–The fight at Kisii: 
British East Africa in September 1914
–A Cameroons campaign Victoria Cross: 
Captain Butler’s action in the Cameroons, 1914
–The road to Tunduru:
 The death of Lt. C.W. Walser, Kings African Rifles.
–Gambia 1891-2: A Victoria Cross for William James Gordon of the West India Regiment
Barton’s Battalion: Captain Charles Walter Barton and the men of the 1KAR in Nyasaland and Portuguese East Africa 1918
–Somaliland 1884-1898: The early years on the Horn of Africa
–Somaliland 1901: The fighting continues 
–Suez 1914-15: 
Turks across the canal!
— Van Deventer’s Scouts: Captain W.A. Bloomfield, an East African VC 
— The Ugandan Railway Volunteer Reserve: 
Guarding the rails in 1914
— The Magadi Defence Force:
 A fantastically obscure bit of 1914 history. HERE
— The Gambia Company: German Kamerun 1914-16
— The Northern Rhodesian Rifles: Mobile Units 1914-16
— The 15th Ludhiana Sikhs and the SenussiThe Egyptian Western Desert, 1915-16
–Togoland 1914: If you blinked… you missed it. The lightning campaign in Togoland 1914
— The Uganda Volunteer Reserve: Uganda 1914-1916
— Cole’s Scouts: Somali Scouts, one of the exotic units that Makes Harry’s Africa so unique
— Kikarunga Hill: The death of Capt Butler VC DSO

— Kamerun, 1914: The attacks on Yabasi, October 1914
— Captain Arnold Wienholt, DSO MC and Bar: Bush Scout and Intelligence Officer
— Machine Gunner!: The East African MG Coy 
–The advance from Port Amelia: The Gold Coast Regiment in Portugese East Africa 1918
— British East Africa, 1913: The last Prewar DSO and more…
— Somaliland Camel Corps: 1921-1925
–Juba River, 1893: Initial British clashes with the Somalis of Jubaland 
— Malangali 1916: The Union Central African Imperial Service Contingent
–Lioma, August 1918: The Final Great War Battle for the 1st Battalion of the 1st Regiment of the King’s African Rifles
–Northern Rhodesia 1914 – 1915: Northern Rhodesian Policemen and Belgian Askaris against von Lettow-Vorbeck’s Schutztruppe
— BSAP Special Reserve Companies: Southern Rhodesia responds to German aggression on the Northern Rhodesia border
— The Rhodesia Native Regiment: German East Africa 1916
— Cape Corps in Battle: The 1st Cape Corps in German East Africa 1916-17 

— Southern German East Africa
: The Operations in October 1916

— Narunyu 1917 : The King’s African Rifles in GEA 1917

— Kibata:
 German East Africa 1916-17, The 129th Duke of Connaught’s own Baluchis 
— Blockade Breakers: German supply ships to German East Africa

— Uganda 1902-1913 :
 Military Operations in Central and North-Western Uganda
— SE of Lake Victoria Nyanza 1915
— Potuguese Offensive GEA: The Kionga Triangle and Newala
 From Rumbo to the Rovuma River : The Nyasaland-recruited 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Regiment of the King’s African Rifles in action during 1917 HERE

— Loyal North Lancs MGC Part 1: 
German East Africa October 1915 to April 1916 HERE
— Loyal North Lancs MGC Part 2: German East Africa May to December 1916 HERE 

— The “Mad Mullah” 
: The Second British Campaign in Somaliland against the “Mad Mullah”
— The “Mad Mullah” 1902-03 : The Third Campaign in Somaliland 
— The Fight at Lubemba Point : Lake Victoria, 1915
— African Odyssey: The eventful life and death of Major Herbert Augustine Carter VC

— Advance into German East Africa: Indian Army Units 1916
— Somaliland 1903-04: The fourth Campaign against the Mad Mullah
— Somaliland Camel Corps: Defending British Somaliland – 1940

— Punjabis in Somaliland: July 1940 – March 1941 The Italian Invasion and British Re-occupation of British Somaliland
Somaliland 1905 – 1913 : Military activities in the Somaliland Protectorate from 1905 to 1907
— Shimber Berris — The raising and first operations of the Somaliland Camel Corps November 1914 to February 1915
— British East Africa: the 29th Punjabis in September – December 1914
— British Somaliland : Minor operations against the “Mad Mullah” March 1915-October 1919
— East Africa : The 2nd Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in East Africa 1914-1917
— British Somaliland: The final campaign against the “Mad Mullah” 1920
–British and German East Africa 1915-16: The Mounted Infantry Company 
— Kenya 1940 : East African troops Skirmish on the Border with the Italian Army
— Operation LINE: The road from Majunga to Tananarive
— German East Africa – The 3rd Battalion of 2nd King’s African Rifles in German East Africa in 1917 
Mentioned in Despatches – MIDs for the Great War Campaigns in West Africa, Togo and Kamerun
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Evolution of the British Infantry during World War 1

Allies Leadership of the highest kind Soldiering Stand & Deliver

2nd Lt. (Cornet) Winston Churchill , 4th Queens Hussars after graduation from Sandhurst


All Quiet On The Western Front 1979

Our Great Kids Soldiering Uncategorized

RIP Sir, I hope the Bastards who made this happen get to meet you in Valhalla! (I am sure that it will not be pretty!)


COLUMBIA, Tennessee – Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was “put to rest for eternity” Saturday by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) at the National Confederate Headquarters and Museum at Historic Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee.

The general was reinterred with his wife Mary Ann Montgomery Forrest at a private ceremony that was free to attendees but required a ticket, the number of which was limited to about 2,000.

SCV, organized in Richmond, Virginia in 1896, is a non-profit organization whose members are male descendants of Confederate veterans of The Civil War.

A torrential downpour passed over the area not much more than an hour before the official start of the event, which didn’t deter the dozens of SCV motorcycle riders.


In addition to at least five tour buses observed in the parking areas, so were marker plates on passenger vehicles from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

As attendees arrived even more than an hour before the ceremony, a couple hundred re-enactors were already gathered on the grounds, representing Confederate infantry, cavalry and artillery units as well as women dressed in the attire of the day.

Donald Kimbell and Ken McBride, who represented the 4th Louisiana Field Artillery, told The Tennessee Star that artillery units from all of the 11 states that seceded from the Union were represented.

Kimbell, who serves as Louisiana SCV’s chaplain, said that he decided to forego a vacation cruise in order to attend the interment ceremony.

“I’ve been on a cruise before, but I’ve never buried a Confederate General,” Kimbell told The Star.

As the discussion turned toward recent efforts to erase America’s history, McBride made the point about the interment ceremony for General Forrest, “History is being written right here today.”

The event was held as a funeral, with the caskets carried by nearly a dozen pallbearers each onto the field area between the Elm Springs mansion and the new museum, where the ceremony was held with attendees having set up lawn chairs they were advised to bring.

During the entrance portion of the ceremony, the crowd stood in notably silent and solemn reverence for nearly 10 minutes.

In attendance were several Forrest family members, including two great-great-grandsons and four cousins. Three other great-great-grandsons, while still alive, were not in attendance.

Following the presentation of colors and the invocation, opening remarks were given by the SCV Commander-in-Chief Larry McCluney, Jr.

McCluney noted the earlier heavy rain, but said, “I’ve never done a Confederate funeral, Confederate memorial service when God didn’t bless us with a break in the rain.  It’s always rained before.  It’s always rained after, but it always sun shine on such a momentous occasion.”

Indeed, the sun did come out from behind the clouds, making it quite warm during the more than hour-long ceremony.

The remains of Forrest and his wife were buried under a statue of the general in 1904, after being moved from their original resting place in a Memphis cemetery.

In the late-night hours of December 20, 2017, the city of Memphis arranged to have the statue taken down, circumventing state law that prohibits the removal of historic monuments from public property, by selling the public park to a non-profit.

The family then had to pursue legal action in order to gain approval to, once again, remove the remains, which the SCV agreed to oversee.

McCluney seemed mindful of the controversy without directly speaking about it when he addressed the family.

“I want to thank the family for allowing us to have the honor to carry on with these proceedings and to entrust us with the remains of their ancestors, who will finally be put to rest here at Elm Springs for eternity,” he said.

McCluney said the last phase of the long journey would be the relocation of the large monument depicting Forrest on a horse that was removed from the Memphis park and is currently being stored in an undisclosed location.

Brief comments were made by officials of SCV affiliated lineage societies, Mike Moore, adjutant general of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and Dottie Meadows, president of the Tennessee Society Order of Confederate Rose.

Forrest’s farewell address to his men was read by SCV Past Commander-In-Chief Paul Gramling, Jr.

The eulogy was delivered by H. Edward Phillips, III, who is not just a cousin of Forrest, but also leader of the Forrest family legal team.

McCluney, who is an educator, used a referenced to the three R’s, but with a different meaning that was reflected in the day’s event:  Remembrance, Respect and Reverence.

“That’s what today is about,” said McCluney. “We’re here to remember a hero, not just of the south, but an American warrior.”

Following the formal remarks, wreaths of magnolia leaves, a garland of which also adorned the stage, were placed beside the grave sites into which the remains will be placed at a later time due to the impending rain.

The infantry and artillery units then honored Forrest with a rifle volley and cannon salute.

Visitation was held on September 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sons of Confederate Veterans National Headquarters and Museum and Historic Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee.

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Laura Baigert is a senior reporter with The Star News Network, where she covers stories for The Tennessee Star and The Georgia Star News.



The Life-Changing Journey Of Being Selected As A Gurkha | Forces TV

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Huh, I would of never guessed! But I guess you have to put the Public School Thugs somewhere.

  • The SAS is getting worried that not enough posh officers are applying for jobs
  • The elite British regiment has typically been led by former public schoolboys
  • But increasingly working-class officers are applying to command crack troops

When your job involves abseiling out of helicopters, kicking down doors and taking out the bad guys, you might be forgiven for thinking that it doesn’t really matter what school you went to.

But the SAS is getting worried that not enough posh officers are applying to command its high-stakes operations.

The elite regiment has typically been led by former public schoolboys whose privileged education is said to instil the leadership skills and poise required.

But increasingly working-class officers are applying to command the crack troops, to the chagrin of some soldiers.

Former officers of the SAS include General Mark Carleton-Smith (pictured), the head of the Army

Former officers of the SAS include General Mark Carleton-Smith (pictured), the head of the Army

‘The typical SAS officer is confident, relaxed, bright and unflappable,’ said one of the regiment’s warrant officers.

‘Many of the most successful officers have been to the top public schools, but recently we have seen a number of guys coming forward who just don’t cut it. It’s a shame, but they are just not posh enough.

‘The bottom line is that the officers shouldn’t be speaking like soldiers. We don’t want officers who are shouters or know-it-alls.’

His comments might invite accusations of snobbery, but The Mail on Sunday understands that one officer recently failed the SAS selection process because it was felt he ‘lacked the sophistication’ to be able to brief Cabinet Ministers on operations.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former Private Secretary to Princes William and Harry, was also a former officer

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former Private Secretary to Princes William and Harry, was also a former officer

Those applying to be SAS officers must brief a room of special forces soldiers on a potential mission and are challenged about their planning and leadership skills by invigilators.

Former officers of the SAS include General Mark Carleton-Smith, the head of the Army, and Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former Private Secretary to Princes William and Harry, who one source described as ‘the archetypal SAS officer’.

Both were educated at Eton, while other recent commanding officers attended Winchester and Harrow.

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment on special forces recruitment, but said they sought the ‘best talent from the broadest diversity of thought, skills and background’.

Soldiering Some Red Hot Gospel there! Some Scary thoughts

What the Recruiting Sgt. never tells you about – Shell Shock in WW2

What a charming phrase – To fix their minds so that they could go back. Grumpy