Through Mud and Blood to the Green Fields Beyond, Fear Naught

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  1. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    That is what my Dad used to say and I guess he picked up the phrase when he served with 3rd Battalion The Royal Tank Regiment in 1944-5.

    I've resisted the temptation to Google it, but the phrase often used is From Mud, Through Blood to the Green Fields Beyond.

    I'm wondering which is 'correct' in the context of those who were there in 1944-5. Any veterans or others in the know who can cast more light on this difference in phraseology?
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  2. robins2

    robins2 Active Member

    I had the opportunity to serve with a RTR member while in Germany in the 60's, he said their motto was through the mud and blood version,

    upon checking further the RTR colors are listed as Green, red, brown, although it may be possible the individual regiments had different variations (just to muddy the waters a bit)
  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    AS always with the Army - variations abounded - 1st Tanks used - "from the sands of the desert - through the mud - and blood- to the green fields beyond

    - 2nd Tanks dropped the "from the sands " etc - 3rd Tanks - and others used the older "Fear Naught

    The 1st Tanks colour is shown on the Africa Star

  4. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Liddell-Hart's The Tanks Volume I (p108) attributes the unofficial motto to Fuller and quotes the 'from mud, through blood, to the green fields beyond' version.

    Personally, I wasn't aware of it until now, I'd only heard 'through mud and blood to the green fields beyond'. Every day's a school day!
  5. SDP

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    That's a fascinating reply. Do you mean that they actually added the words Fear Naught at the end i.e. as in my title for the thread?

  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    as far as I am aware the term "Fear Naught" goes all the way back to the WW1when the Tanks were introduced to the battlefield- you may recall that initially - all

    Tanks came under the ROYAL NAVY for disguise and security purposes and were called "Water Tanks " when released from the NAVY - they adopted the "Fear

    Naught " term - and has stuckā€¦..

  7. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Without pulling it off the shelf again, 'Dreadnought' was suggested as a motto for the landship fleet but the pongos adapted it to 'Fear Naught'.
  8. SDP

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    I didn't realise the two terms were so closely related in that name-developmental way. As you say, something to learn every day.
  9. S54

    S54 Junior Member

    'From mud, through blood to the greenfields beyond'! Our colour's are red, brown and green, by all accounts Gen Hugh Ellis went into a haberdashery on the eve of the battle of Cambrai (20 Nov 1917) and chose these colours. Rumour has it they were the only colours they had left! He had a flag knocked up and in the early hours the next morning he appeared in H Bn RTC's (later 8RTR) area and climbed aboard a tank called 'Hilda', the crew hoisted the flag on top and off they went into battle.
  10. SDP

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    Good to see you again. Have you seen your former COs incredible Centurion build on the Armortek web site?

    Apologies to all about this post being off thread but I started the thread anyway! :)
  11. S54

    S54 Junior Member

    Not yet, I'll have a gander dreckly!
  12. S54

    S54 Junior Member

    Chroist just had a look................................awesome!
  13. SDP

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    I've been following the build on an almost weekly basis. Getting difficult to tell between the real one and the model.

    Will hopefully be meeting Stephen at Bovington in October during the modelling show where he is organising the Armortek competition with Dick Taylor as one of the judges.
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just went for a shower .
    I noticed our towels drying on the landing.
    I wasn't a tankie but I thought I'd share.
    Might raise a smile.

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