SECTION 4



"THE ROUSSILLON HERALD"

A sort of Regimental Newspaper.

"All sorts of fings on ` ere, `  aint there ?"



THE REGIMENT IN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - Sept. 1918 until Aug. 1919


Our "IN MEMORIAM" to Leslie Newman

Late of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment. - RIP



 THE US ANSWER & EQUIVALENT, TO THE NEW RUSSIAN "KUGANET" SERIES AND THE NEW BRITISH "AJAX" SERIES OF MODULAR, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL VEHICLE FLEETS.

Behold ! -- The US  AMPV - Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle.


RSM John A. R. Edwards in Canterbury.

Two older pics which we seem to have missed !      


"SPRUT" (Octopus) - SDM1  - Light Amphibious Tank. - (to complete the new Russian Armoured Fleet) - It Replaces the old PT76 of the same role. - A forward recce vehicle - Swims with little preparation.- 125mm TA46 (Smooth-bore) Cannon, firing over 30 different types of Ammunition. - Crew of 3 - Be afraid........Be very afraid !


Our Banner to the 3rd Bn. Queen`s Regiment (Royal Sussex)

now on Facebook for July/August 2021.

(To remind certain persons that WE, the men still on the ground, are the Regiment,

and not singular Officers or civilians !) - 22nd July 2021.


I have revamped a few of our personal entries on the Nominal Roll, after receiving better pics & info. - Here is an example. - 18th July 2021 


OUR MONTHLY WEBSITE PROMPT & LINK

(which appears on Facebook)

In an attempt to inform the boys, and keep them connected to the real page.


Poland to buy 250 X M1 Abrams tanks from United States.

The NATO member Poland, plans to spend around $6Bn on the US

tank to enhance its defence capabilities, against it` s Russian neighbour.

To meet the possible threat of Russia` s new modular armoured fleet.

(T14 to T20) 


T-15 "BUMERANG" Series, (Russian: Бумеранг, Boomerang)

.............is an amphibious wheeled 8 X 8 APC being developed for the Russian Army, (as part of a Modular Wheeled Vehicle System

also for all other roles, within the Battle-Group)

These represent an entirely new wheeled vehicle generation. covering all roles. (T-15 to T-20)

 


T-14 "ARMATA" main battle tank (MBT + System vehicles)

........is to enter series production in 2022.

Industry & Trade Minister Denis Manturov has said, that he expected the MBT's state trials to be completed in 2022.

T-14 "Armata" (MBT) - "Kuganets - 25" (APC` s) Infantry fighting vehicle. 

 T-16 to T-20 (Crane, etc) Recovery, Missile-Carrier, Gun-Carrier

and Load-Carrier, etc, - (A Modular Tracked Vehicle System)

covering all roles of the Battle-Group. - Delivery after 2022. 

On the left is the T-14 "Armata" (MBT).

On the right are the new  "Kuganets - 25" APC. (Armata chassis)

This system is an entirely new tracked vehicle generation, using the "Armata" chassis as vehicle basis.


I REALLY HAD TO CHUCKLE A BIT, HERE ! - RECYCLED ?

US Marines Corps Press, states on 4th July 2021 : "Our NEW M3E1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel recoil-less and re-loadable rocket system for US Marine infantry is going to "Change the Fight"

A "Revolution" - (Well, that`s what they said !)!

Yes - It` s the re-incarnation of our old friend - the Charlie G ! (Still made by SAAB)

The British Army carried this weapon for decades, from 1964 to 2016, before it was replaced by missiles systems, after nearly 50 years in service. (Still carried by the SAS for night illumination & against soft-skinned vehicles.) - Now, it re-appears, updated,

using titanium as base material.- The updated M3E1 is more than six pounds lighter, 2.5 inches shorter and has an improved carrying handle, extra shoulder padding and an improved sighting system (that can be adjusted for better comfort without sacrificing performance).  -  Note the plastic muzzle jacket, to prevent the weapon "ringing" in the eardrums. (As it used to in the past !) - Well......... it`s a different animal now, I suppose !

The USA have also, just ordered assorted 84mm Ammunition for $75m from Saab !


AJAX

The new tracked "All Rounder" vehicle of the British Army has teething troubles.

Too loud for the occupants ? - Back to the Drawing Board ?

It was planned to complete the Battle Group with Boxer, Challenger & Apache.

Trials now suspended. - (BOXER is our wheeled version)


UK details "Boxer" variants and confirms plans for a larger fleet.

(see more details below !)

UK details Boxer variants and confirms plans for a “Bigger Fleet“.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has released more details on what variants of Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV) it is acquiring and confirmed it is looking to increase the overall size of its Boxer fleet.

The MOD said, that Boxer would replace the in-service Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle. However, this will be an indirect replacement with Boxer operating alongside Ajax, Challenger 3, and Apache attack helicopters as part of a ‘networked combat system of systems operating concept.’

Of its 523 Boxer MIVs, the UK will receive 85 infantry carrying vehicles, 60 engineer section vehicles, 62 recce and fire support vehicles, 28 mortar carriers, and 50 equipment support and repair platforms.

The British Army will also acquire a mix of 123 command and control vehicles and C2-utility vehicles, 19 observation post vehicles, 24 beyond-line-of-sight platforms, 11 electronic warfare & SIGINT (signals intelligence) vehicles and 61 ambulances.


A Mini-Reunion in Lacock, Wiltshire, UK - 17th June 2021. 

 L to R = Joe Armeni, Dave Bunclark, Ross Pritchard, &  and their wives.

 


Royal Sussex Regimental Veterans turn out for Remembrance

and for Bill Dixon`  s "Living Wake" -  May 2021

 Despite Corona lockdown - (Thanks to Dave Tilley for the report & pics)


"My Dunkirk Story"

by the late Vernon Wareham

4th Bn. - May 1940 (3 Slides in all)


KEEP UP THE PRESSURE !

Although Douglas McCully` s statement, 

has freed us from being involved on that day, (a big belated "Thanks" to him)

we should however, not cease to support the others who are charged.

The accusation comes from the enemy.

Try and attend the Rally, if you can ! 


"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

A Doodle by "the bat" on REMEMBRANCE DAY - MAY  2021


A Sergeant of the 1st/4th (Territorial) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.

During the occupation of Cologne - 1919 - A collage from "the bat"



THE "CAP-BADGE" INCIDENT.

Major McCully & Sgt. Creighton hit by IRA gunfire in Belfast 1971.


The Regimental Graffitti & Murals of the Royal Sussex Regiment 

in the Dining Room of the Officer`  s Mess in the  "The Main Guard",

(adjacent to the Governor` s Palace) - St George`  s Square, Valletta, Malta GC.

If you study the sketch in the copy of "The Graphic"magazine, on the left.

You will see that (A) they have also reproduced the wall murals and

                                                   (B) obviously, quite a lot "went on" & not only Guard Duty !

 PRESS to enlarge.


One for our Nominal Roll !

Thanks to Bob, for getting back to us, with details.


Current photo of Doug Jones in Canada.

("In the Pub at Whistler ")

Thanks,.... Doug & Jean


THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF WO II  JOHN BELL  MM,

who served 26 years & fought fiercely through both Wars,

only to fall in France in 1940.


THE WARTIME STORY OF PTE. THOMAS PRODGER

from Eastbourne.

Remembered with Honour


Welcome back, John .....and many thanks !


No 1 PLN., (CHQ) "C" COY, 4TH BN. ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT IN 1944,

with two TILLEY brothers !


Photo of the Month - Dec 2020

(from July 1966) - Thanks to Roger Wells !


Major Michael Drummond-Brady (ret.)

Late of, "B" Coy, 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment

1950 to 1999 ...... almost 40 years service !

Originally from Eastbourne. - Keep moving, Sir !...We remember !........Well Done !


".......AND WE`  LL SING YOU A SONG, AS WE MARCH ALONG, OF SUSSEX BY THE SEA ! ........... 7.632 casualties in 17 Battalions in WW1.

(A summary by "the bat")


OUR TRIBUTE - To a very young , but very brave & highly decorated

Royal Sussex Officer & Soldier.

Lt. Col. H. T. Kay Robinson DSO + 2 Bars, MSM, 4 X MiD.

Remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.


.........IT'S TOMMY THIS AN´   TOMMY THAT !.........

FACTS about the "KIPLING" Regimental POSTCARD.

( The famous poem was printed on the reverse !) 


A (VERY) NARROW ESCAPE !

"The story of a Small-Pack"

A new addition to the story of Archibald Stunt MM, just discovered.


Remembrance in Eastbourne for VJ Day 2020  

During the Corona Pandemic & lockdown ! 
Barry Tippett carries the Assoc. Colour. 
On the left flank, a WO (Parade Marshall ?) with a Royal Sussex Regimental tie
.......and a PWRR beret !
(NOT ON MY PARADE, SIR ! ! )
Try as we may, there always seems to be one !
The rules for Mufti are as rigorous as they are for uniform !

The gripping War Service story of

Pte/Tpr. Frederick “Fred“ Casey.

4th (Territorial) Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, later 1st SAS Regt.  


STOP PRESS - The Thomas Harrison Diary
(found only lately !) reveals a 
 Military execution in Hove on Saturday 13th June 1795.

CHARLES "Chas" STADDEN, was a very talented military artist, sculptor and Author.

He passed away in 2009.

One of Chas`  s specialities, was the 35th of Foot. 

New studies have been discovered, in one of his lost sketchbooks,

including his notes. - Our website can publish a first & an exclusive coverage.


The Story of

ROUSSILLON BARRACKS in CHICHESTER

"The Home of the Royal Sussex Regiment"

by Pat Saunders - Precis & edit by Les"the bat"Deacon.


 THE FINAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE WOMBAT 120mm A/Tk GUN ON FV432

I have found this very rare GIF, showing the final development of the Wombat on FV432 (unknown to me/us ?),

before the weapon became obsolete. - We see a mount like a moving lafayette & the cramped Gun Drills of No 1 & 2.

It appears (to an old Wombat gunner, like myself) like cramped & difficult drills.....and the gun appears to be neither stable or accurate. - (It seems that the No 2 is securing the lafayette with a locking bolt)

It is no wonder it was discontinued in the end !

A coincidence - It is the first gun of "A" Coy, which was my old callsign ! 

You can alter the speed of the clip, directly at the bottom  of the film mask, if you need slow motion.


The WO`` s & Sgt` s Mess of the 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment,

at Palace Barracks, Holywood, Northern Ireland, 1961.

I have enlarged, so as to see the faces - How many can you recognise ?

I am honoured to have known them all - only a handful are still with us.

You can start with John "Chalky" White (behind Col. Newton)

to whom I have sent this photograph. - (The names list is below, if you are still unsure !)



"A Tribute & a "Thankyou"

Major Brian  Michael Hudson BEM (Royal Signals) .....(revised)


Peter the Lamb (later a sheep !)

The story & pictures of a Royal Sussex Regimental Legend.

The Southdown Battalions & Claude Lowther.


Impressions of the Annual Albuhera Dinner 18th May 2019 at the "Beachcroft Hotel"

Thanks to Dave Tilley for the Org. & Rachel Johnson for the photos.


Impressions of Dave J. Steadman`` s Last Parade in France. - Wed. 15th May 2019

It is really good to see so many brothers on a distant foreign funeral - Well Done, to all who attended !

(See our Obituary Tribute, below)



The Hastings Branch

The Royal Sussex Regimental Association lunch at the Cooden Beach Hotel.

Sat, May 04 2019


"Jonah"

             The final tribute - from "the bat"


Royal Sussex Regimental soldier & musician from World War 1,

who`  s instrument becomes a legacy in the Royal Albert Hall,

exactly 100 years later.


"PHOTOS from the "OTHER SIDE ! " 

Incredible German Photos of the Regiment (Never seen before!)

of the ill-fated, but extremely brave, 7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment

during their capture near Amiens on 20th May 1940


Impressions from "Armistice 100"NOVEMBER 2018

from the War Memorial Remembrance Parade & Service in Eastbourne, Sussex - November 2018.

Thanks to Barry Tippett for carrying our colour - To Phil Turner for laying our wreath - to John Butler for martialling the Parade & to all other "Orange Lillies" who took part. - Thanks to the Eastbourne Argus & Herald for borrowing the pics.


Research & Expos`e - copyright Leslie Deacon