War Diary humour.

Discussion in 'Unit History' started by 51highland, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Reading through 1st Batt Liverpool Scottish war diaries searching for something, I came across this little Jem.
    Bawdsey, Suffolk. 28.6.40., 02.25 hours. D coy report six bombs in the neighbourhood of D coy HQ.
    These bombs were afterwards discovered to have fallen in a line 600 - 800 yds from D coy HQ. The craters averaged about 6' x 3'. Casualties; 2 x rabbits (killed) 1 x cow (injured).
    I'll Post any more that I find!!
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  2. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    5th battalion Cameron Highlanders, New years day 1944: "A game of football between the Officers and Sgt`s was played in the afternoon, and resulted in a win for the Officers by 4 goals to 2. The football changed over to Rugby on numerous occasions during the course of the match".
    It doesn't state who changed the game though.!!!
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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I just this evening noticed that the newsletters in the appendices of the 6RWK diary regularly refer to a fellow battalion in the 36th Infantry Brigade (which I take to be the 8th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) as 'The Ladies'.

    Is this a local peculiarity or a common theme: kilts = skirts?
  4. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Maybe a reference to "Ladies from Hell" re 51st HD in 1st ww.
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  5. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    1st Camerons, May 1944. Hill 5120 Kohima: "Major C.D. Hunter, M.C., in the act of planning an ambush, received a Jap bayonet clean through his trousers. Only the swift action of the light automatics at his side prevented serious penetration of his inner defences!".
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  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    A bit of a misclassification here (being post-war and non-diary), but I was browsing the papers of an ex-RMP man and spotted the pass he was issued on his last day:

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  7. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    There are a fair few jokes in this: 24th Lancers Newsletter: 'Lancer Life'.

    Which reference a number of instances and things that might not have quite made the 24th L war diary.

    I did see this though:

    "29/4/41 General Sir Ronald Adam visited the Regiment. Sir Ronald stated that he considered the Regiment (24th L) to be the best in Northern Command, as far as saluting was concerned. As the GOC-in-C, passes through Boroughbridge at least twice a week, his remarks are considered to be highly satisfactory."
  8. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Report on football match between 2nd Queens Own Cameron Highlander
    Regiment and the Olympic Club in PATRAS at 1500 on 3 December 44 (first day of Dekemvriana). "Despite only being able to muster a team from HQ and Support Companies, we only just lost to the Greeks 3-2. The crowd of 3000 which turned up to watch was much larger than the EAM demonstration in George Square and far more enthuaiastic. The Greeks have a peculiar system of replacing a tired man with a fresh one, consequently the Battalion played against a total of nineteen men, but the spirit of friendliness was overwhelming, and so enthusiastic were the crowd about either side's scoring a goal, that each goal was greeted with a rally of shots in the air."

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