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End of an ERA โ€“ Decentralisation of 42 (Alem Hamza) AD Sp Bty RA
July 16, 2018

End of an ERA โ€“ Decentralisation of 42 (Alem Hamza) AD Sp Bty RA

42 (ALEM HAMZA) Air Defence Support Battery Royal Artillery was established as part of A2020 directing the co-location of Air Defence Artillery Regiments to form the A2020 GBAD structure, conjoined through the establishment of an AD Sp Bty, including a Support Workshop and Stores Troop at Thorney Island.  42 AD Sp Bty RA was established OPCOM Jt GBAD HQ on 1 Aug 14.  Collectively the Unit had a strength of 181, compromising of numerous cap badges (RA, REME...

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The Italian Job
July 13, 2018

The Italian Job

On Thursday 21 June a small party comprising Lt Col Philip Shepheard-Walwyn, COS RHQ RA, Allan Solly, RAA Secretary and Philip Garbutt, RAA Standard Bearer departed the UK bound for Italy to take part in the 30th reunion of the National Italian Artillery Association.     Our invitation came by way of a follow up to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last September between the Royal Artillery Association and the artillery associations of It...

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REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO COMMEMORATE 5TH BATTERY RFA AT BOIS DES BUTTES
June 8, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO COMMEMORATE 5TH BATTERY RFA AT BOIS DES BUTTES

Dear Friends of 5 Battery, Ageing Lancastrians are prone to begin boring their younger companions with the preface: “When I were nobut a lad ....”; so here am I, having spent more than three days in your company, remembering a time over sixty years ago when, as a young national serviceman, I came as close as I could to following in my grandfather’s footsteps as a proud member of the Royal Regiment.    I hope I didn’t bore you...

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Blind veteran who escaped WWII PoW camp publishes book about his wartime experiences
June 8, 2018

Blind veteran who escaped WWII PoW camp publishes book about his wartime experiences

A Kent blind veteran who escaped a Prisoner of War camp has published a book about his wartime experiences. Frank Unwin, 97 and from Orpington, authored the book ‘Escaping Has Ceased to be a Sport: A Soldier's Memoir of Captivity and Escape in Italy and Germany’ which covers his several escapes from Italian forces and the bravery of the Italian peasants who sheltered him while he was on the run. The memoir also details his brutal experienc...

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A Truly Inspirational Day with Purple Warriors
June 4, 2018

A Truly Inspirational Day with Purple Warriors

As part of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund I have been to many events involving the armed forces and their families but never have I been so humbled and seen such true grit and determination first hand. It was a great pleasure to be invited to their families day and present Nigel with a cheque for £1800 from the Charitable Fund and to spend the day seeing how it all works.      Purple Warriors is a tri service charity that enables anyone t...

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