Hi folks,

Wednesday saw the 40th anniversary of two of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland Troubles. On 27 August 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Queen's second cousin, and three others were killed after a bomb exploded on his fishing boat in County Sligo. A few hours later, two IRA bombs went off at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in County Down, killing 18 soldiers. It was the highest death toll suffered by the Army on a single day in NI. 

In yet another blow to Army pay and retention, personnel with high-value pensions look set to be caught in a pension tax trap as an unintended consequence of the government’s crackdown on  tax breaks to high earners which is now penalising staff much lower down the military hierarchy. Staff could face tax bills of five or six figures. If like us, you think this is unacceptable, make sure you tell your MP! We know they have other things on their mind but if nothing else, putting this right would be a welcome break from Brexit…

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News round–up    

Could A Serious Cyber Attack Trigger A Full NATO Response?

French Chateau with a collection of WARPLANES: Eccentric collector, 87, boasts world’s largest private fleet of 110 fighter jets (and a hovercraft on his lawn)

In Pictures: Machines and emotions captured in RAF photo competition

Inside secret WW2 chapel built by Italian POWs in a remote British village

Ex-servicemen back on road to raise funds for fellow veterans

Shipwreck where 200 soldiers died on way home from First World War is recognised as war grave

New £2.5m Deal To Shape British Military Recruitment

Scots soldier who 'plunged 70ft to death from hotel in Poland' given full military send off

US soldier cleared of taking armoured vehicle out for joyride – because he's insane, court says

"Heart-warming" pictures sought for military calendar that supports children

Antarctica row: How Argentina tried to snatch icy continent from distracted UK

MUDDY HELL Stark 100-year-old pictures show horrifying conditions Brit soldiers faced in the First World War trenches

Spiritual Home of Royal Marines is leaking and needs to be fixed – urgently

PLUNGE MIRACLE Heart-stopping moment Army parachutist loses control and plummets to the ground during 5,000ft jump

Army rules out allowing soldiers to grow beards after RAF changes

Brit war veterans 'fobbed off with £300' compensation payments forced to appeal

Operation Banner: Military veterans attend parade

M90 crash: LIVE updates after army truck falls off the back of a lorry on M90 causing five mile tailbacks

Strength of British military falls for ninth year

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Events etc.

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

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The Wolverhampton branch of The Staffordshire Regiment eet every first Wednesday of the month at the Conservative Club, 98 Neachells Ln, Wolverhampton WV11 3PR.

ANY former Staffords or Mercians will be most welcome – meeting starts at 19:30 sharp so come grab a beer, chew the fat… meet old and new alike!

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Joke: The colonel

Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new Colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door.

Conscious of his new position, the Colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."

Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"

"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook-up your telephone."

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