SECTION 4



"THE ROUSSILLON HERALD"

A sort of Regimental Newspaper.

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



 You go get ` em, Fido !

Good Dog !

(Beam me up, Scottie, FFS !)


The story of Tom Tomkins

Now also posted on the Nominal Roll


OUR FAREWELL  & THANKS TO THE LATE DENNIS HUTCHINGS


I have a feeling, that this is not going to have a happy ending !

Things are not looking good for the future of the "WARRIOR".

This was reported today - 18th Oct. 2021


Our belated "IN MEMORIAM" to the late Capt. LEONARD "LEN" BUTT LofH

Royal Sussex Regiment & Royal Engineers.


BILL DIXON` s FUNERAL

I will let the photos speak for themselves,

on this so sad occasion.

Thanks to Alf & Co for the Photos - Well done brothers ! - Thanks for the Turn-Out & to Alf for carrying the Pioneer Axe - Bill would have appreciated the gesture immensely.


                           What have you done with my Tank, Frank ?

An immobile British "Centurion" Mk 3 Tank, lying disabled & destroyed,

(by it` s crew!) after the vehicle became stuck in a bogged trench.

This occured during an advance to contact in Korea.

The crew have now blown the Engine & the Tracks with explosive,

after which, useable parts are being salvaged.

Working on the wreck, are crew members, L/Cpl. Douglas Bone,

left, of Basingstoke, Hampshire, and Tpr. Ronald Rodda

from Sunderland, County Durham." -  5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards - Korea 1951.


An Ode to the Stretcher Bearers

(Stretcher Bearers were furnished from the Regimental Band, right throgh history, untill this practice stopped in 1968)

by Padre Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy  ("Woodbine Willie") RACD

Pages 1 & 2


AN OBITUARY

to a well known, real Regimental character. - Bill Dixon, who passed from us yesterday after a short illness.....may he rest in eternal Peace.....I once made a promise to Bill - to represent us, till the end if necessary, I shall fulfil that promise.

.....Les "the bat" Deacon.


The Royal Sussex Regimental Reunion

Lewes - 2021

(Despite Pandemic Lockdown)

Full Report following.


I REALLY, SERIOUSLY, THOUGHT THIS WAS A JOKE !

(I had seriously hoped it was a leg-pull !)

But unfortunately, IT IS NOT ! - It is True !

This is real - I present to you, the poster series, for the MOD` s Recruiting Campaign against bullying & mobbing, etc, - 2022.

Your Army Needs You - (Please, do not smirk)


Worthing Herald report & pics, on Remembrance Service.

The Royal Sussex Regimental Association in Beach House Park.

on 30th June 2021 in Worthing.

....and No !...I dont know anybody ! - "The Regiment" is not present.

Maybe Mr. Ian Newman, the organiser (who no-one seems to know !)

should next time ; also invite the Regiment.


A Great pic of John "Starlight" Costan

Your looking good & well, John....Well done, Drummer & Medic !

Happy Birthday for today - 9th Sept 2021. - Here pictured (long ago) as Royal Sussex soldier,  (ACF Cadet).



THE NEW, FUTURE ANTI-ARMOUR CONCEPT of the BRITISH ARMY

carried by the"BOXER" series of multi-role vehicles. - (FILM)


"BOXER" - The Whole Story" - (FILM)


"AJAX" - The Next Generation - (FILM)


GOOD GRIEF !

IT`  s THAT (OUR) STAFF-CAR AGAIN !

I hope you like my pic - ...from a complete new study on the subject on :

Section 17, "Swing the Lights" Top Article - (With many more Pics)

Why not go & have a peek ?

"We as a Regiment, should NEVER have given this artefact away ! "

(In addition to our original Story on this subject,

See original article, already posted on :  Section 20, "Von Arnim & his Staff-Car")


I have completed new studies of some  of our personal weapons, 

Now posted on : Page 32, "WEAPONS, ET CETERA"

 https://theorangelily.jimdo.com/32-weapons-etcetera

Here are some previews !  - (Please do not repost !) 

 



THE US ARMY´ s NEW, 8 WHEELED ALLROUNDER - THE “STRYKER“.

 Armoured Personell Carrier & Multi-Role Combat Vehicle, already adapted for a multitude of roles.


THE RAYMOND BROTHERS (2021)

1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment/3rd Bn. Queens Regiment

I helped train Victor at the Depot (later "A" Coy Arms storeman)

I also remember Will, very well, 

I was demobbed before Brian arrived. - A Regimental Family, serving the County Regiment !

Thanks to the lads for sending us a photo.


The Swedish Combat Vehicle "CV90"; (Swedish : Stridsfordon 90, Strf90) is a family of combat vehicles designed by Sweden's Def. Ministry. 

BAE (UK) have won the contract to upgrade their "CV90" AIFV `s,

to the next level. - In reality, a British concept, but not accepted, in favour of AJAX, which is quite similar, but much lighter. 


The new Dutch "FENNEK" 

wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle (ARV) enters service with the Dutch Army.- Produced by Rheinmetall (Germany). - Holland has announced the addition of a new gun carriage-adaptable aiming device  (Artillery Auto-Aiming Device) - The "Fennek" controller, can bring to bear, aim and fire, his battery of guns remotely, although they are miles behind him.

He can execute this with extreme accuracy, using his forward observation position. - The ultimate FFC ! (Forward Fire Controller)


The German "PUMA" Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV)

is a tracked vehicle manufactured by Projekt System & Management (PSM), a joint venture of German defence companies Rheinmetall Landsysteme and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), for the German Army under a programme authorised by the German Federal Parliament. - The AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is characterised by agility, firepower and ultimate crew protection in the battle field. - It carries a full strength infantry section. (It looks suspiciously like the new British "Ajax" AIFV)


India has reportedly, just finalised a deal to purchase around

70,000 AK-203 assault rifles from Russia.

(the new & much improved version of the AK47)

 - Here is the new version :


                             No 14887205    Pte. Leslie Newman - Royal Sussex Regiment.
Who sadly passed from us on 24th July 2021.

Here is his Funeral-Service Booklet.

See our "In Memoriam" - Thanks to the remaining family.

(Read also, his Regimental story in Sec.17, "Swing the Lights" - Story No. 4).


Our "IN MEMORIAM" on the passing of a popular,

quiet & intelligent Royal Sussex Soldier,

Queensman & Brother in Arms.- RIP 


The Branch Flags of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association.

(Attention ! - NOT "Colours" (only the Regiment itself carried those)


The Royal Sussex Regimental Association "Summer Barbecue", Hove.

86 Members & their guests, were present.   


Regimental Commemoration & Remembrance of the Dieppe Raid.

by the Brighton Branch - Sun 8th August 2021



A SIMILAR GENERATION CHANGE, ALSO IN FRANCE.

 THE VAB - 3 "GRIFFON"

Now most of  the new vehicle "Modular Families" (Wheeled & Tracked) in multiple countries, look very similar to each other, making recognition a combat nightmare !  

Here also; a singular vehicle type, adapted to up to 10 different roles.

Built by Renault - (Originally a Russian concept !)


“THE ITALIAN SOLUTION“ - IVECO/FIAT/OTO MELARA 

“CENTAURO 2“ 

Modular Wheeled System. - 10 variants for all combat roles.


Mini-Reunion in Bath

Sunday 25th July 2021


Arundel Parade

200 Years Arundel War Memorial.


The Pandur II.

(Armoured Fighting Vehicle System)

The Austrian answer to Stryker (US), Boxer (UK) & Bumerang (RUS)


THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT IN SIBERIA,

RUSSIA - Sept. 1918 until Aug. 1919

(Click to enlarge !)



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.


OUR MONTHLY WEBSITE PROMPT & LINK

(which appears on Facebook)

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


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.


AJAX

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

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

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.


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 -"Just in Time"

                             by the late Vernon Wareham

                         4th Bn. - May 1940 (2 Slides in all)


"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 & the late 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.


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 !


".......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.


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 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 !)