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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 14:48 #1

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Today, 7 November 2012, The Vikings were given the freedom of Diss and paraded through the town, drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. Just a couple of my photos for those who are interested.#

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Not sure of the story behind the last photo, beard and axe - anyone know more?

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 14:54 #2

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Possibly dating back to the days of horse ?

The modern equivelent would be a mechanic, an acetylene torch and a Landrover!

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 15:05 #3

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REF;114483 wrote: Not sure of the story behind the last photo, beard and axe - anyone know more?


That's 1st Battalion's Pioneer Sergeant, currently Sgt. D. Ling I believe.
The axe, white apron and gauntlets are all ceremonial items particular to that position, the beard is a privelige allowed only to Pioneers.

All the best,
PB

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 15:33 #4

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Thanks for sharing.

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 07 Nov 2012 20:41 #5

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Has there been a change in Army dress code in recent years - ? In the 'old days' parade dress was your 'Number One' uniform, with trouser creases like razors and buttons & boots gleaming like mirrors. Now it appears to be your combat uniform that has just been give a quick rinse.
Answers please - ?:confused:

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 13 Nov 2012 14:10 #6

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The army still has a number one and number two dress, the former dark blue and the latter khaki, but it seems to have become acceptable for units on their homecoming parades from active service to parade in their combat kit. It looked odd in the Festival of Remembrance on saturday night that the line infantry who followed the guards into the Royal Albert Hall were in combats while the guards were in scarlett tunics and bearskins. Othere army unit representatives were in khaki number twos.

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 14 Nov 2012 19:11 #7

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Thanks for that Barney. Whoever made that decision obviously didn't consider that maybe the squaddies would have been glad to get out of combats after several weeks and parade in something a lot smarter. It's difficult to look proud wearing something with the look and fit of a tattie sack.

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 08 May 2015 14:42 #8

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And it looks even more daft when the band and the reviewing officer are wearing their number one dress, surely everyone should be in the same uniform?

And I served at Ploce in Croatia with the "vikings".

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 08 May 2015 15:50 #9

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From The Rifles Dress Guide

http://www.riflesmedia.co.uk/pdfs/2013_04_08_dress.pdf

Page 108 to be exact

Officers’ Swords on Parade: In No1, No2, No3,
No4, No6 Dress & Greatcoats when parading
troops carry weapons.

No Swords on Parade: In Combat Kit officers can
carry a properly holstered Side Arm when parading
troops with carry weapons but no Swords.

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1st Batallion, The Royal Anglian Regiment - 'The Vikings' 09 May 2015 14:31 #10

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Off topic, but why have the British forces started using the term "side arm"? Surely the correct term is pistol?

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