Latest posts by Palaisglide

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 00:12

Big questions Fishy, Infantry DLI then REME forcible transfer as they needed tradesmen, served with 4th RTR in the Middle East twice then Cyprus twice and Europe managing by being in the wrong place at the wrong time to make it to Warrant Officer First Class. Always with armour. If you thought the Cold War a peaceful era I am afraid you never knew how close you came. What ever forces men and women served in it was live today forget tomorrow and we did. Owen was a graduate he had to lead that is quite a Burdon to carry your orders can get people killed yet you have to get the job done, Owen did have a breakdown but went back, there were many poets and diarists in that war and we hear them quoted all the time. There were others who's letters tell of the best time of their lives, clothed fed and the comradeship like being on holiday they write, those letters are coming to light now.

It was called the war to end all wars yet 20 years on it was raging again and from then Politicians have revelled in war to enhance their standing, they never learn, the serving forces do though, we all become pacifists when we see the stupidity of it all.


PS sorry it is becoming a bit heavy, war solves nothing.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:28

Fishy, My point is Infantry once engaged are far too busy to be thinking morbid thoughts. As to the poetry we ran a poetry thread last year, people who had never put pen to paper became stars then as with all threads it faded away.

If you read the Regimental Histories you find men spent more time out of the trenches training. A Battalion would take over a trench system then rotate Companies in and out anything from a week to ten days. There would be anomalies there always are, we would have rations for two weeks up the blue and end up doing three weeks you made the best of it and old hands knew the system being good Boy Scouts in our time we came prepared. 

The horror came when men went over the top in droves and died without ever seeing the enemy or firing a shot, that could never happen again and by 1917 they did know better, modern infantry skills were born at that time and are still practiced today. No matter what inventions they come up with feet on the ground are always needed even today.


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:04


The observers see the horrors and dwell on them, the infantry man is as always optimistic, you have trained for this now get on and do it.


We sing as we march to the starting line

Maggie may and songs of women and wine

As overloaded we march in bright sunshine

All of us know we will survive this time.


Drop heavy kit and stand around wait a while

Check you weapons top up ammo from that pile

Line up bayonets fixed and still we smile

One last fag before we advance that one last mile


Right lads beyond that hedge the enemy lay

Not sure where on the hill or in the hay

Advance to contact when I say

Keep spread out it's another day.


Your thoughts are where is the next cover, the rock, ditch, dip in the ground or a fold in a meadow, you do not know the grand plan and only see what is within two hundred yards of you, you have no interest in what other troops are doing just your own platoon. You may never make contact or come under fire within yards, then it is chaos you look after your own mates and they you. We are not thinking morbid thoughts because we are fire proof, then one day you are not.




A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:16

I lock the front door when in the back or side garden a s I can neither see or hear anyone there. So out the front locked the door pottering about thought I need some tools from the garage get the keys. back down the drive unlocked the door and opened the key drawer! no keys. Searched everywhere coats trousers in the wash basket desks cupboards and then sat down to think it out. Idiot, the garage keys are on the key ring for the front door, relief, where did I put those keys? "oh Heck as like" cannot find them went through the same routine and no result. thinks, must have left them on the greenhouse shelf. Out the front door turned to shut it there are the keys complete with garage keys.

What was I thinking why the sudden Senior Moment when they do not usually happen to me, am I flipping my lid I ask, the task I meant to do had by then vanished from my thoughts so some lucky weed had a reprieve. Does this happen to others?

Frank blushingly.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 23:27

Half the road seemed to have put a light in the window as I did and they went out just after eleven, we remember them.


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:54

Pansyface, simple 1) Austrian Empire rules the Balkans badly. 2) Balkan separatists decide it must end. 3) Austria declares war on Serbia. 4) Russia comes in on Serbia's side. 5) Germany comes to Austria's aid. Russia has a pact with France. 6) Germany decides to knock out France with one blow invading through Belgium. 7) Britain has pact with low countries and declares war on 4th August 1914.

One unconnected fact has a domino effect on Europe which ended in 18,000,000 killed world wide. Our politicians have this idea that a good war will enhance their status, the very young men and women who fight those political wars have a word for those people not printable here and I still use it.


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:17

My Memory is of two great Uncles who came back, one badly gassed and one with horrendous wounds, the hospitals discharged them as they wanted the beds and all the women in the family had to dress the wounds and look after them, my Mother bore the dread of wounds into my time. One died 1925 the other 1933 short and bitter lives for all involved. My memories come from the women of the family who had the job of nursing them. I also remember Uncle Frank killed on the hood, Uncle Ron who went through six years of war and never spoke of it. Some of the young often badly trained youths of my time sent into war zones that were called Local action zones so it sounded less aggressive by politicians who meddle in other peoples lives and bring nothing but chaos and misery.

Those memories are always there David though a special date will bring them to the fore, those of us who came back will always see the very young faces of those who did not.


lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 22:49

See Fairygirl/Daughter, these posts can be of general help but well spotted how did it suddenly arrive?

May go missing as I have an op in a couple of weeks, do not worry I will be back.


New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:47

Del, It will look very daunting at the moment, forget the rotavator it will mash up the weeds and scatter them shades of Joe from Gardeners world when he tried an allotment. Cut down any tall stuff but make sure it is not seeding first then the hard bit. Concentrate on the third not the whole it will be too much. Dig over that section hand weeding as you go, that will be the large rooted weeds especially, if you can get some manure or compost then dig it into that one section, better to cultivate what you will need at first than try doing it all. The weeding is much easier if you have a large riddle to throw the soil onto. Not knowing where you are or the weather it would be best to ask the other allotment growers advice on what to sow between now and winter, they are a friendly lot usually willing to help. It will be hard work which will get easier as you work across the plot and grow more things, good luck with it.


lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:31

Edenrose, Firstly make it look worse by rolling your sleeves up and giving it a good raking, the grass tends to grow into the thatch of old grass and moss on top so it has to come off, this can go in your compost. Now get a fork and stick it into the lawn about four inches, ram the fork down waggle it a bit and move on a foot apart will do for now. Mix some washed sand with fine compost and scatter on the lawn then with a good hard brush sweep it across the lawn thinly it will fill the holes made with the fork thus aerating the roots. If it rains well and good if not water it, as above it will look like a bomb site but in a couple of weeks be green again then add a feed leave until October and put down a slow release feed and weed, leave over winter, next spring when the grass starts to grow you could do it all again or just add feed and weed, keep the mower blades up a bit, a normal uneven lawn is easily scalped and that is not good.

Hope this helps, Frank.

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