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The Légion d'honneur | Dover College

The Légion D'honneur | Dover CollegeDover College today paid their respects to nine D-Day veterans as the College joined with our cross channel neighbours as the chosen venue for the presentation of France s highest Armyrats © military honour The L gion d honneur.

As soldiers they arrived with thousands of their comrades on the beaches of Normandy 71 years ago to complete one of the most remarkable feats in wartime history; an act that saw the Allied Forces carry out the largest ever seaborne invasion. French President Francois Hollande decided in 2014, during the 70th anniversary of the landings, that France needed to do more to thank those who had fought so bravely to help free their country and announced that the L gion honour would be available to all Normandy veterans. The L gion d honneur is the highest distinction awarded in France for recognition of both Armyrats © military and civilian merit. Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, on average just 10 British nationals per year receive this award.

Today s medal ceremony, which honoured Mr Ernest Slarks, Mr Frederick White, Mr Frank Scrivener, Mr Peter Comfort, Mr Frederick Noone, Mr Leslie Nower, Mr Leonard Martin, Rev Leslie Ivory and Mr John Roberts, was held in the 12th century Chapel at Dover College, presided over by Mr James Ryeland, Honorary Consul of France at Dover. Mr Gareth Doodes, Headmaster of Dover College, said:

These veterans, together with those that lost their lives in battle and those that we have lost in the years that have passed, gave outstanding service not only to France, but also to Britain, and their sacrifice will echo through the ages. Today we remember them all. Their commitment, bravery and spirit is something that we shall never forget. The Reverend Canon Toby Marchand, Chaplain of Dover College, who led the service, said it had been an honour to be part of such a unique and special event.

The ceremony of the the L gion d honneur is a solemn moment. Highly symbolic, it is both an act that represents the highest honour to be bestowed by France whilst at the same time an opportunity for quiet reflection and thanks for the family, friends and relatives of the brave verterans.

Mr Peter Comfort

The Légion D'honneur | Dover College

Corporal Royal Hussars B Squadron 13/18th Royal Hussars, D-Day Sherman tanks on Sword Beach Red June 6 1944. Wounded 18 July 1944 returned October, Eindhoven Holland Germany.

Rev Leslie Smith Ivory

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Sergeant Royal Army Service Corps, 5 Parachute Brigade. Mr Ivory landed in Normandy on D+2 and served with 5th Parachute Brigade at Ranville and Le Mesnil as a clerk to Brigadier Neil Poett.

Mr Leonard Martin

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Royal Navy, Torpedo department on HMS Searcher. August 1944 Operation Dragoon Southern France Invasion.

Mr Frederick William Noone

The Légion D'honneur | Dover College

Sergeant 4 Commando Landed at Sword Beach 6/6/1944 at Coleville-Sur-Orne. Engaged Enemy and moved to Bell-Riva Gold and Juno Beaches.

Mr Leslie Douglas Nower

The Légion D'honneur | Dover College

Leading aircraftman 216 Fighter detection unit Royal Air Force. Mr Nower served as an Assistant Flight Controller in 216 Fighter detection Unit on board ship as part of Combined Operations. He was stationed off OMAHA Beach from 06:30hrs on D-Day for two to three weeks then off Barfleur intercepting enemy night torpedo bombers and mine laying aircraft. At 01:15hrs on the 7th July his vessel was sunk, the survivors were rescued by HMS Burdock. By that time Mr Nower had been at sea for six months including training in Fighter Direction Tenders, vessels specially adapted as floating Operations Rooms.

Mr John Oliver Roberts

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Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy, member of ships company H.M.S Serapis operating in support of Normandy Invasion fleet 6-25 1944. Bombarding shore targets and engaging German destroyers and E-boats. Attempting night attacks on invasion fleet off beaches, also providing Air Defence from Luftwaffe attacks.

Mr Frank Frederick Scrivener

The Légion D'honneur | Dover College

Leading seaman, HMS Princess Astrid, Royal Navy, Mr Scrivener served as Forward Port Lookout and as a member of the Forcastle Gun Crew on the landing ship HMS Princess Astrid, part of the invasion fleet conveying troops to Normandy, these included Commandos and Royal Engineers. On arriving off the Normandy coast her destroyer escort was sunk. Princess Astrid s Commandos and Sappers of the Royal Engineers were transferred into the Assault Craft and headed for Ouistreham Sword beach, by six months after D-Day HMS Princess Astrid had carried 14,000 British and American troops to Normandy.

Mr Ernest Slarks

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Sergeant 23rd Hussars, Landed at Arromanches on 14 June 1944 with 23rd Hussars, 11th Armoured Division, 29th Armoured brigade.

Mr Frederick White

The Légion D'honneur | Dover College

Private, Royal Hampshire Regiment, came ashore on Sword Beach on D-Day. My Comrades and I advanced to Bayeaux where I was wounded in Battle and subsequently brought back to England.

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Sparker's Wargaming Blog: Some notes on the British Berlin Brigade …

In the context of Battlefront’s Cold War gone hot ‘Team Yankee’ project, my mate Baz asked me to do a little research on the Infantry component of the Berlin Brigade, as it was composed in 1985, the year that Harold Coyle’s eponymous novel, and thus the rules, are based. Baz is a lifer, a regular soldier who served for many years in the Royal Horse Artillery. Accordingly, he knows all he needs to about Gunner and Armour org, but I thought I’d add in some additional snippets I discovered anyway, in case it piques anyone’s interest in this aspect of wargaming the Cold War. Personally, I’ll be siting my games further west – I don’t like FIBUA at the best of times and the camo scheme seems like a nightmare to paint!
Berlin Infantry Brigade 1985 – 3 Infantry Battalions:

1. 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment (The Tigers) (1RHANTS) Dec 83 Feb 86

2. 1st Bn Prince of Wales s Own Regiment of Yorkshire (1PWO) from Jun 83 relieved by 1st Bn Devon and Dorset Regiment (1DandD) Apr 85.
3. 3rd Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (3RRF) from Mar 83 relieved by 1st Bn Royal Highland Fusiliers (1RHF) Mar 85

Infantry Bn Organisation.It is not clear whether the Berlin battalions were organised as Mechanised (FV432 APC), Type A (Saxon APC) or Type B (Softskin transport) scales of organisation. Since we know they had 432s and softskins, I suspect some kind of unique Berlin lash up. I have noted the differences in scales below.
I do know that each Berlin battalion had at least the following vehicles in 1985: Recce Platoon 4 x FV432 Fire Support Vehicle (Fox Turret with 30mm Rarden Cannon) and at least 4 x FOX A/C



A/T Platoon 4 x FV432 fitted with WOMBAT 120mm recoilless A/T gun, and 4 x OT Long Wheel Base Landrover (LWB) also carrying WOMBAT.
A liberal quantity of Ferret A/C for light patrol and liaison duties.
Overall Infantry Battalion Organisation:

Bn HQ

3 x Mechanised or Rifle Company
Fire Support Company
HQ Company


Company HQ:Recce platoon 8 x Scimitar if Mechanised, 8 x Fox A/C if Type A, 8 x LWB if Type B
Mortar platoon 6 x 81mm mortar in 432 if Mechanised, 8 x 81mm mortar if Type A/BAT platoon HQ plus 5 sections, each 4 Milan ATGW firing posts. Some units, typically TA Home defence battalions still retained WOMBAT, and we know that Berlin units had WOMBAT, so probably no MILAN in view of the likely engagement ranges?

Other than vehicles, all rifle companies were organised in this way:
3 x Rifle Platoon, each consisting of 3 sections.

Each section would be broken down into 2 further teams, either: Gun group of 2-3 men with GPMG and Rifle group of 4-5 men with SLRs; or 2 Fire teams, each of 1 x LMG and 3 x SLR. Additionally the sections would have carried several 66mm AT rocket launchers and 1 x 84mmm L14 Charlie G recoilless rocket launcher in addition to their personal weapons.

Sparker's Wargaming Blog: Some Notes On The British Berlin Brigade ...

Independent (Berlin) Armoured Squadron D Squadron, Queen s Own Hussars (QOH) from Apr 83 relieved by B Squadron, 14th/20th King s Hussars (14/20H) May 85.Note to maximise the armoured strength allowed within the 4 powers agreement, the Berlin Armoured Squadron thee HQ troop was a full strength troop, resulting in 18 Chieftains instead of the usual 16 in a Type 57 Armoured Squadron.
Some good footage of the BB Chieftains in the last 1989 Allied Forces Day parade here, although I can only count 10 Chieftains and 6 X 432 FSVs:

Although in this clip of the 1982 AFD parade only 12 Chieftains are on parade:

Well that’s all I have on the Berlin Bde, be great to hear from anyone who served there… Berlin Brigade 1945-1989 – Held until Relieved!

Tributes to the bravery of the Royal Hampshire Regiment at Gallipoli …

Troops at Gallipoli 07:25 Saturday 25 April 2015 MANY young soldiers were recruited from Portsmouth and within months were landing on a swelteringly-hot beach 1,500 miles away. So many of them did not make it through the fierce firing from the Turk machine gunners and, 100 years on, there is no-one to tell the daunting story. But Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, of The Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust, is continuing the tradition of remembering the bravery of the men in the Hampshire Regiment.

An exhibition display at the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester shows the landing of the 2nd Battalion from the River Clyde at Sulva Bay and objects from its 10-month occupation in the trenches. Lt Col Bulleid said: We have always celebrated the Battle of Gallipoli. The 2nd Battalion landed on the peninsula on April 25.

Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust By August they were joined by the 8th Battalion and the 10th Battalion, so there were three Battalions at Gallipoli. There were a number of gallantry awards throughout the campaign to Hampshire Regiment. The Hampshire Regiment recruited heavily from Portsmouth.

It was a hard-fought battle. The beaches of Gallipoli were extremely short, rising up to quite high cliffs. The Turks were actually quite a tenacious foe.

Like any Armyrats © military campaign, had it come off it would have been a great success. But sadly on this occasion it was not. It helped to form opinion and strategy for events later in the First World War.

Today 50 people will attend a lunch in Winchester and 15 representatives of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, which became part of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment in 1992, will be attending services in London. Meanwhile, scores of Australians will visit the Turkish peninsula to mark the 100th anniversary for their annual Anzac Day. Gallipoli became a nation-defining moment for the two fledging Commonwealth countries of Australia and New Zealand.

Ten thousand men from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) died on their maiden Armyrats © military campaign, alongside more than 30,000 Britons. /ifeq} #ifeq type value=”image”} /ifeq} #ifeq google_ads.type value=”flash”} /ifeq} /each}

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