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  Some news from the South African Legion’s branch in the United Kingdom on Ian Yule (the chap seen here playing the tough cockney Sergeant Tosh Donaldson in “The Wild Geese”). Social services in the UK have finally taken him in, he is now in full time…
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    In the North Italian village of Carpane on 27 September 1944 the Germans executed 16 Allied soldiers captured fighting with Italian partisans in that area. Among them were Private W.J. Kinnear (Transvaal Scottish) and Gunner R. S. Kinnear (South…
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On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. The Allied advance was stalled for two successive winters: in 1943 on the German…
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Many of the National Servicemen veterans will remember (or quickly try and forget) this “stress position” used during various phases of “Punishment” Physical Training – commonly known as a “Oppie” (colloquial military term meaning “op fok”). This stress…
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Many South Africans achieved high positions of command in British Armed Forces during World War 2 – and this is one of them – Air Chief Marshal Sir H.W.L. “Dingbat” Saunders GCB, KBE, MC, DFC & Bar, MM Johannesburg-born Hugh William Lumsden “Dingbat”…
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Today we have a heartwarming story of a forgotten heroine of World War 2 which carries with it a South African twist. 1941: Betty Quinn, 17, the youngest recipient of the George Medal, at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. She saved…
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It’s not often that I’m moved to writing a post, but felt that I have to share my thoughts on the Royal British Legion – South African Branch’s affiliation ceremony with 133 Army Cadet Force in London on 2 December 2015. This was my first interaction with…
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We remember the flotilla of South African whalers converted for military service during World War 2, and the loss of the men aboard the HMSAS Southern Floe. A number of whalers were converted to anti submarine roles and commissioned into the South African…
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  Christo our driver – he who successfully retreated from a Russian T-34 tank – was the most reluctant soldier in the Border War. The army didn’t want him to fight as he couldn’t handle pressure, and he didn’t want to fight anyway. Why? – because Jesus…
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Visiting a T-34 Tank

  Decades ago we came barreling around a corner in Onjiva and drove into a T-34 tank. We were just a SAI section in a Buffel. This was a seriously unequal encounter. Like when Bismarck concussed himself bouncing off Eben Etzebeth. You get two kinds of…
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