Hi folks,

It's been a great week for forces past and present as we celebrate a number of important events. 

This week has seen the 93rd birthday of HM The Queen, the head of our armed forces and a great advocate for  and supporter of servicemen and women. Happy birthday, Ma'am! 

Today is ANZAC Day, which marks the 104th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 1915, in which thousands upon thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops suffered devastating losses while landing on the coast of Turkey. The date lives on in the national psyche of both nations to this day. If you'd like to take part in commemorative events, you'll find a useful site here

Finally, a belated Happy St George's Day, which we marked this year with an unseasonably sunny and warm day – we hope you had a chance to celebrate. Please enjoy this British Army video on "How to kill a dragon" as our gift to you! The video is part of a fantastic series being produced which really showcases the unique sense of humour of the military. If you enjoy the dragon slaying, you'll love "how to wear a kilt".

Drop us a line on [email protected] if there's anything you'd like us to add to this newsletter.

Regards,

The Team

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News round–up    

Millions Stolen from Iraq Reconstruction Fund

300 British D-Day Veterans to return to Normandy beaches after 75 years

Cuts Could Leave Britain With Less Tanks Than Serbia Or Cambodia, Reports Suggest

British Army veterans march on London and cities across UK to protest prosecution of 'Soldier F' who faces murder trial over Bloody Sunday Massacre

COLONEL RICHARD KEMP Boredom and low morale is the biggest enemy our troops face – and is partly to blame for recent criminal behaviour

First UK soldier ever convicted of battlefield murder reveals heartache and hope

Uncover the hidden stories of World War One

New Zealand defence official found guilty of Washington DC toilet spycam charge

Grieving parents of RAF aircraftman believe son was murdered on base as they slam military bullying

British military has used chromium based paint linked to cancer on its tanks, 4x4s and armoured personnel carriers despite the substance being banned for many lines of manufacturing in 2003

British and German soldiers' stories reveal historic cinema and theatre insight

SQUADDIE 'KILL BID' Two soldiers arrested on suspicion of attempted murder ‘after driving car into another squaddie following boozy bar brawl’

Pictured: British woman soldier, 19. ‘remanded in custody’ by Majorcan court accused of glassing her fellow off-duty soldier and friend in Magaluf club – as ‘victim’ remains in intensive care with neck wound

Hawker Hurricane flypast to take place in Staffordshire next month

Sailors removed from UK submarine after testing positive for cocaine

Newmarket: Graves hold the story of Russian troops trained in UK

Veterans say the government ‘has stabbed Bloody Sunday Soldier F in the back’

Coroner criticises Army over support for soldiers after traumatised Corporal took his own life

Do you have any news you think we should feature, or any areas you’d like us to cover? Email us at:…[email protected]

Events etc.

Upcoming events can be found on these sites for the Royal Air ForceRoyal Navy and Army – something for everyone!

Do you have an event or appeal you’d like us to publicise? Email us at:…[email protected]

Reunions

Do you have any reunion events our readers might like to know about?

Just send in your name and details of how interested parties can get in contact. Also let us know the details of the reunion — who it's for, place, time etc. and a website if there is one, and we’ll include it in our next newsletter.

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Joke: Cold Water

A man went to visit his 90 year old grandfather. While eating the breakfast of eggs and bacon prepared for him, he notices his plate isn't clean. So he says, "Grandfather, are these plates clean?"

His grandfather replies, "Those plates are as clean as cold water can get them, so go on and finish your meal."

That afternoon, while eating the hamburgers his grandfather made for lunch, he noticed many little black specks around the edge of his plate so again he asked, "Grandfather are you sure these plates are clean?"

Without looking up from his burger, the grandfather says, "I told you those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them, now don't ask me about it anymore."

Later that day, they went out to get dinner. As he was leaving the house, the man's grandfather's dog who was lying on the floor started to growl and would not let him pass.

His grandfather shouts, "Coldwater, get out of the way!"

If you've got a joke you'd like to suggest for this newsletter, just send them in — email us at: [email protected]

For various reasons we can't always include them in the newsletter, but we always appreciate them!


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