Although my father seldom talked about his ‘active’ service in the infantry he did like to talk about his brushes with military discipline and the ruses he used to avoid or minimise punishment; so I thought it might be amusing to start a thread devoted to such anecdotes. His favourite story concerned an incident on Victoria Station in London in April or May 1944. As a 21 year old private soldier, returning to camp after his last leave before D Day, He was stopped by a middle aged WRNS officer for being improperly dressed. Two tunic buttons were undone. Annoyed, he decided to misunderstand the officer. He explained bluntly, that she was much too old for him but gave her some advice on where she might find some old soldiers who might be willing to give her what she needed. When he appeared before his CO on a charge of insubordination both the Sergeant Major and the CO struggled to keep straight faces as the details of the charge were read out. He was awarded 28 days CB, which as the camp was closed by then was no punishment at all. As a naive teenager, I asked him if he hadn’t been worried about getting into serious trouble. His response was that in training it had been drummed into them that they could expect up to 50% casualties crossing the beach on D Day and he knew that that could only be a matter of weeks away – ‘what could they do to him that was worse than that’? This taught me a great deal about the limits of even military discipline. Perhaps it also says something about the attitude of front line soldiers to female officers in those politically incorrect times.