Author honours VCs in books on Western Front

Salisbury Journal:

RETIRED Army officer, Paul Oldfield has launched a second career as an author and military historian and has just brought out the first of four books chronicling the deeds of the holders of Victoria Crosses awarded on the Western Front during the First World War.

New SCOUT SV

10:39am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Ministry of Defence has announced a £3.5 billion contract with General Dynamics UK to supply 589 new armoured fighting vehicles called the SCOUT SV to the army.

Si snaps up coin

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

SERGEANT Si Longworth, the army photographer with 1st Armoured Brigade in Tidworth, has been presented with one of a small number of Commander Task Force Helmand Coins in recognition of his photography work in aid of The Soldiers’ Charity whilst deployed in Afghanistan last year.

SSAFA needs bikers for ride out

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

SSAFA is having an Operation Market Garden 1944-2014 Commemorative Ride Out on Sunday, September 14 which will tour the Wiltshire airfields used during 1944.

Tribute to a modest hero

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE dedication of the paving stone to Fred Luke VC at Lockerley last week gave me a wonderful opportunity to talk to relations and service personnel who knew him.

More finds on the Plain

Salisbury Journal:

10:32am Thursday 28th August 2014

IN a third summer of excavations at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain, Operation Nightingale, the 1 RIFLES wounded soldiers archaeology project, has recorded more significant finds.

Cermonies salute longstanding relationship

Salisbury Journal:

10:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO historic ceremonies have saluted the centuries-old relationship of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Signals with 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.

Low level training to resume next month

10:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

After a quiet August, training will resume at low levels throughout September.

Prince gives words of encouragement

Salisbury Journal: Prince Harry visits Tedworth House

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

PRINCE Harry visited the British athletes preparing for the Invictus Games to wish then good luck last week. He told them: “With the games only four weeks away, I cannot wait to watch this team compete against the other nations in the fantastic venues of the Olympic Park.” I wish you all the very best of luck in the final weeks of training.”

Reunion at Old Sarum

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A FORMER member of 656 Squadron has been reunited with the aircraft he last saw during his National Service in Malaya.

Much speculation about deployments to Poland next month

10:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

SOLDIERS from Tidworth based Y and W Companies, First Fusiliers have been honing their dismounted infantry skills during a two-week field firing battle camp in Thetford, Norfolk. As well as training up to platoon and company strength live attacks by day and night, the Fusiliers have also been firing the new Glock pistol and training on the latest infantry thermal imagery sighting systems. In addition, the Fusiliers have been practising shooting whilst wearing the new chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) protective equipment.

Welsh warrior’s winning ways

Salisbury Journal:

10:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

SPORTING a black eye and an ear to ear grin, Welsh boxing hero 23-year-old Lance Corporal Ashley Williams from Tidworth-based 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh regiment proudly displayed his Commonwealth Games boxing bronze medal at his barracks when he returned from Glasgow.

Reflections of a proud ‘Diehard’

10:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

WHILE I understand General Deverell's anger at the reduction of the Royal Tank Regiment from First World War strength of 25 battalions to just one today, it is just one of a sad list of regiments that have disappeared.

Officer trains engineers

Salisbury Journal:

10:55am Thursday 7th August 2014

A SALISBURY army officer played a key role in the validation training of combat engineers in a major training exercise on Salisbury Plain recently.

Custody units are given good report

10:57am Thursday 7th August 2014

MILITARY custody staff at Bulford have been given a good report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick.

Medal for Normandy landing survivors

10:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d’Honneur.

No access to Imber buildings

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Cadets from Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force, Hants & IOW ACF, Merseyside and Northumbria will be conducting their annual camps on the Plain during August.

Sensational score for 4 RIFLES team

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

AS part of a busy week of cricket, 4 RIFLES produced a sensational win to take them to the Twenty20 final.

Torrential rain during training

10:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

THERE was a busy training weekend for soldiers from Old Sarum based B Sqn the Royal Wessex Yeomanry who have been conducting specialist training in Bovington.

Ashley’s going for gold

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A WELSH soldier serving in Tidworth will be leading his nation's boxing team when he competes at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow this weekend.

Units get down to work

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

LOCAL units are busy at home and abroad. The Kings Royal Hussars from Tidworth are in Canada as the Lead Armoured Battlegroup and have just deployed on a 36 day exercise with 1,300 soldiers and 500 vehicles.

Sappers in Kenya

Salisbury Journal:

9:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

SOLDIERS from Perham Down-based 5 Squadron of 22 Engineer Regiment have deployed to Kenya to undertake building tasks to improve the infrastructure for British troops training in Kenya.

Major accomplishment

Salisbury Journal:

9:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

A STAFF officer at Bulford-based Headquarters 3rd (United Kingdom) Division has been winning events at the 2014 Royal Tournament held at Melton Mowbray.

Memorial board unveiled at St Michael and All Angels' Garrison Church

Salisbury Journal:

10:16am Thursday 17th July 2014

A 1 Mechanized Brigade Memorial Board at St Michael and all Angels' Garrison Church, Tidworth, was unveiled by General Sir Mike Jackson, formerly of 3rd (UK) Division.

Partnership is explored with US sharp shooters

Salisbury Journal:

10:07am Thursday 17th July 2014

BULFORD-BASED 3rd (UK) Division has been forging closer ties with the US Army during a visit to Fort Benning.

Stranded in Kenya

Salisbury Journal:

10:21am Thursday 10th July 2014

SOLDIERS from Y Company, First Fusiliers based in Tidworth had an enforced holiday in Nairobi after a diplomatic spat between Kenya and the United Kingdom delayed their departure.

Padre Mark bans pizza

Salisbury Journal:

10:18am Thursday 10th July 2014

TIDWORTH army padre Mark Christian waved goodbye to the chips and pizza last week when he took on a hefty challenge in aid of a forces charity and a local village church.

Landmark reorganisation with new titles

Salisbury Journal:

10:19am Thursday 10th July 2014

IT’S “Goodbye, Mechanized and Hello, Armoured Infantry” as two plain-based brigades adopt new titles.

Reservists wear uniforms in civvy street during lead up to Armed Forces Day

Salisbury Journal:

10:39am Thursday 3rd July 2014

IN the lead up to Armed Forces Day, reservists were encouraged to wear their military uniform to work to demonstrate to their colleagues their commitment to the forces.

Soldiers hold medals parade to mark final homecoming from Afghanistan

Salisbury Journal:

10:36am Thursday 3rd July 2014

AROUND 80 soldiers from the 57 (Bhurtpore) Battery of 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery (The Wessex Gunners) marked their final homecoming from Afghanistan by holding a medals parade in front of family and friends at their regimental home at Robert Barracks, Larkhill.

New urn rest is built

3:34pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A PARTY of sappers from the Recce Troop of 6 HQ and Support Squadron of Perham Downbased 22 Engineer Regiment spent a week building a new urn rest at Tidworth Cemetery.

Games and then Crete

Salisbury Journal: Games and then Crete

3:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014

NOW that the pressure of an almost continuous cycle of operational tours has eased, units on the plain can begin to restart some of the traditional activities that have been on hold for over a decade.

Lectures to commemorate war

3:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS part of the First World War commemorations, Tidworth Netheravon and Bulford Garrison is hosting a series of military history lecturers.

Busy month of exercises on plain

3:25pm Thursday 26th June 2014

JULY will be a very busy month on the plain, with four major armoured exercises – starting with the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Exercise on July 2 and 3, with Challenger tanks training on the Imber and Larkhill ranges.

Charity launches new TV channel

12:36pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A NEW television channel all about the armed forces has been launched.

Hot dinners for soldiers

Salisbury Journal: Hot dinners for soldiers

12:35pm Thursday 19th June 2014

SOLDIERS will have their mealtimes spiced up with the introduction of a new hot sauce created by a former submariner for their combat ration packs.

Training on the plain

Salisbury Journal: Sean 'Johno' Johnson

4:12pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

AN instructor from Netheravon took part in a major Reservist exercise on Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Yacht team to raise funds for SSAFA

Salisbury Journal: Yacht team to raise funds for SSAFA

3:35pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A TEAM of scientists, managers and military advisers from the Porton-based Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are taking to the seas as part of the Three Peaks Yacht Race to raise money for SSAFA.

Eagle is mascot

Salisbury Journal: Eagle is mascot

3:12pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

COMMONLY referred to as The Hawks as a result of their cap badge, the King's Royal Hussars (KRH) have now solidified their reputation through the adoption of an eagle.

Americans join exercise

Salisbury Journal: Paras in Normandy drop tribute

3:08pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

AIRBORNE Reservists from 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) on Exercise Airdrop Warrior conducted joint parachute training alongside American counterparts on Salisbury Plain last week.

Marksmen take part in contest

Salisbury Journal: Marksmen take part in contest

4:56pm Thursday 5th June 2014

SOLDIERS from across 1 Mechanized Brigade have been testing their marksmanship skills during an Operational Shooting Competition at Bulford ranges.

Final plain training

Salisbury Journal: Final plain training

4:54pm Thursday 5th June 2014

WHEN not practising clearing minefields and launching armoured bridges on Salisbury Plain, soldiers from 26 Engineer Regiment turned to the River Avon to produce drinking water.

Plain training

3:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014

* LEVELS of training on the plain will increase significantly due to armoured units training during June.

Prince Harry's games

3:20pm Thursday 29th May 2014

TICKETS for Prince Harry's international sporting event for wounded soldiers are now on sale.

Salisbury soldier part of training mission in Mali

Salisbury Journal: Lance corporal Michael Davis

3:19pm Thursday 29th May 2014

LANCE Corporal Michael Davis has recently returned Mali where he was part of a 21-strong training team from 1 Rifles, sent as part of a European Union-led mission to help train the Malian Army.

Teams triumph at Ten Tors

Salisbury Journal: Teams triumph at Ten Tors

7:20am Saturday 24th May 2014

TWO Salisbury teams joined more than 2,000 teenagers from across the south west to battle tiredness, rain, wind and freezing conditions to take part in the annual Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

Troops ready to deploy

Salisbury Journal: Mark Francois meets the troops

6:30pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

MORE than 4,000 troops from 20 Armoured Brigade and 102 Logistic Brigade have completed their mission rehearsal exercise, Pashtun Dawn, on Salisbury Plain as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

Website traces soldiers

Salisbury Journal: Richard Broadhead

9:43am Friday 9th May 2014

WILTSHIRE military historian Richard Broadhead has built a website that traces almost every soldier with Wiltshire connections who was killed in the First World War and allows relatives or anyone who is interested in that period to find where these soldiers are buried or where they are commemorated on a memorial.

Charity walk finishes at Menin Gate

9:35am Friday 9th May 2014

AS part of a series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, ABF The Soldiers Charity have partnered with Ancestry.co.uk to create The Frontline Walk.

Contract for a Missile system

9:26am Friday 9th May 2014

THE MoD has announced a £36m contract to explore what capabilities a land version of an air defence system could offer the UK armed forces The future local area air defence system (FLAADS) is a ground-based missile system whose missiles can travel at 1,000 metres per second and is able to simultaneously defend UK territories against a number of threats, including jets or cruise missiles travelling at supersonic speeds.






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