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Barbarossa
Barbarossa
July 5, 2015 4:07 pm

Times must be hard…no swan…..

The Other Chris
July 5, 2015 4:45 pm

These are Royal Marine Commandos, not the Household Cavalry!

mr.fred
mr.fred
July 5, 2015 5:31 pm

Even in the Household Cavalry it would only have been one officer with swan, and then only if he’d got a care package from his Grandmother.

as
as
July 5, 2015 8:55 pm

During WW1 officers purchased a lot of there own kit. Barberry macs (trench coats) for example. They also got to pick and purchase there own sidearm (Mauser C96 was a popular choice). Being an officer use to be very expensive in the past. They have lost the freedom to pick kit but it has made there live a lot cheaper.

Alex
Alex
July 5, 2015 10:14 pm
Reply to  as

There’s a great bit in Robert Graves’ Goodbye to All That about that. The second time around, he got rid of all the kit he was issued for France, and deployed with:

a revolver.
a bayonet.
a set of civilian wire cutters, because the army ones only cut our wire, not the German sort.
a complete Shakespeare and a Bible, printed on some sort of thin, damp resistant paper I forget.

some kit list.

monkey
monkey
July 6, 2015 7:45 am

Brilliant , v dry scouse humour!
I knew there was a reason RMC officers had to complete the 30miler an hour faster than OR recruits , time for a proper wash and brush up before luncheon.

Deja Vu
Deja Vu
July 6, 2015 9:08 am

Excellent joke at the expense of Rank Has its Privileges.

Nick

Bruce
Bruce
July 6, 2015 12:48 pm

Chenet!!? Useful, when ones man cleans the cutlery I suppose.