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Chaps of the War

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On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a celebration of the most eccentric, daring, heroic chaps who fought on their own terms and displayed remarkable sangfroid in the face of the enemy DIGBY TATHAM-WARTER Formerly of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Major Tatham-Warter commanded the 2nd Parachute Battalion’s ‘A’ Company. ‘A’ Company were selected to spearhead the 2nd Battalion’s march to Arnhem bridge because Lt-Colonel Frost regarded Digby as a thruster, and not one to hang around – thereby making him the ideal choice to lead in an operation that depended on speed. Having captured the bridge and during…

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Rev Leslie Skinner

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“Caught up with RHQ at Enscheide by mid morning. Went down main street to see how things were going. Odd elements of German infantry being winkled out. Half way down main street firing broke out on both ends so I dived into a shop for cover. It was a barbers shop, so I had a haircut while waiting for things to simmer down.” Excerpt from the Rev Leslie Skinner’s war diary: 3rd April 1945 When Leslie Skinner landed on Gold Beach on 6th June, 1944, with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, he had two missions: officially he was senior chaplain to…

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War and Peace Revival

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Panzer Tanks look much more authentic in rivers of mud. The weather had turned dramatically in late July, from the hottest day on record to weather that felt more like 1942 by the fifth and last day of the War and Peace Revival. Visitors to the Hop Farm, Kent were greeted by rivers of mud as soon as they stepped out of their cars, the continuing rain joining in with the efforts of all the displays to create the atmosphere of wartime Britain. Entrance to the main site is via the fictional village of Trentham, where the Home Front has…

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Britches & Hoes

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With all this talk of “Austerity Britain” and the economic situation making a trip to Tesco seem as expensive and unappealing as a visit to Dubai, it is only natural that we should return to the notion of “growing our own”. Allotments, once the preserve of gentle old men with turnips dropping out of their trousers, are now littered with healthy young folk in need of sustainable sustenance. But the eternal dilemma remains: what to wear when tilling the soil? Land Girl kit would seem the obvious choice, with its combination of a stylish yet durable outfit that can withstand…

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