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Number of posts : 119
Age : 80
Localisation : Leicester
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : UK/BAOR
Registration date : 2010-06-30

PostSubject: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   20/12/2014, 10:05

Hi All,
It's been quite some time since I last paid a visit to the forum.

I'd just like to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year.

I don't know what its like where you live, but here in Leicester, once again, the Bratwurst Stall is up and running, in the city centre.

I'm still able to obtain a 4 pack of DAB from my local "Bargain Booze", to enable me to feel as though I was still serving in BAOR, back in the 50's.

It's nice, too, to stroll around our local Aldi and Lidl to see all the German Christmas "Goodies" they have to offer.

All the Best!
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Let Gen
Let Gen

Number of posts : 1095
Age : 77
Localisation : Berkshire
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Rotenburg Ploen Lippstadt Hamm Wetter Minden Munster Bielefeldt Dusseldorf
Registration date : 2008-11-09

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   23/12/2014, 08:32

May I also wish the many contributors and casual visitors to this splendid site a Happy Christmas and all the very Best in 2015

May we continue to record memories of a fast fading British Army presence in Germany and equally important help reunite or trace Family Friends who have served in BAOR

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Maj Gen
Maj Gen

Number of posts : 973
Age : 85
Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   23/12/2014, 19:33

Merry Christmas to all .. card is one I sent to my folks in 1951.

Have a Great New Year everyone.

Len (Ciphers)

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Number of posts : 3020
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   24/12/2014, 07:50

Merry Christmas everyone. Wishing you and yours, wherever you may be, a Happy, Prosperous and above all a Peaceful 2015. santa santa rendeer rendeer drunken drunken
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 78
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   24/12/2014, 21:28

Happy Christmas, Gents !

Best Wishes for '15.

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Number of posts : 37
Age : 72
Localisation : Carlisle
Cap Badge : R.E.M.E.
Places Served : Hohne, 11th Hussars, Munsterlager, 4 Fd Regt R.A. Warminster, School of Infantry Demo Squadron, 2RTR and 13/18 Hussars.
Registration date : 2011-09-11

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   24/12/2014, 23:48

Ditto all of the above, gents, a pleasure being part of this excellent site, all the best to you and yours.
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Number of posts : 230
Age : 73
Localisation : Essex UK
Cap Badge : R Sigs
Places Served : 11 Sigs Vimy 'C' Catterick Nov 1963), 224 (Radio) Sig Squadron Garrats Hey, Quorn Leics( Jan-June 1964), 16 Sigs Bradbury Barracks Krefeld July-Oct 1964), 28 (BR) Sigs St Tonis & 4 Squadron, Tongeren (Cafe Maddy) (1964-1968), HQ UNFICYP Nicosia 6 month tour (1966), HMS Jufair & Hamala Camp Bahrien, 223 Sig Sqn (Radio) Winchester, Norn Ireland, HQ Northag Kolsas Olso Norway, 11 Sigs Helles Lines Catterick, Civvy Street 1977, Retired (Grumpy Victor Meldrew 2012)
Registration date : 2012-07-15

PostSubject: Happy Seasons Greetings for Xmas & 2015   26/12/2014, 00:29

Happy Xmas and New Year for 2015 from an auld cold war warrior, a 'Hero of this Nation' indulging in memories of those far off times in 'Happy Ever After Land' BAOR in the days when we used 'that Rifle' the one who is nameless, the SLR.

Can you remember the typical Regimental Xmas morning 'gunfire' when the 'hofficers' and SNCOs would come round the billets with hot tea with a tot of rum to warm one's cockles, are act as a bit of a 'hair of the dog' for the previous nights debauchery in the NAAFI Bar or corporal's Mess.

Can you remember them, and do you miss them, or has life taken its toll on us Crumblies after all those years of service for Queen and Country. It really is amazing to see Her Maj still going strong at 88, and The Old Duke at 90 something.

As I no long drink the Amber Nectar nowadays, for health and religious reasons - having drunk my fill when young, daft and not so bright; I have decided being a sober, boring auld fart ain't as bad as it seems. As One shuffles towards three score years and ten next year, and having to renew one's Driving Licence, it make me wonder just where all those years of "glory" in BAOR and elsewhere have gone. It was only last year, 2013 that I was having a clear out of 'stuff' and chucked out an Army kitbag full of old tat - combats, boots, drawers cellular, socks, PT equipment etc - I'm sure that MoD don't want it back, and I won't have the RMP fellas or QM's staff knocking on my door demanding restitution and waving an AF 1157 in my face for stoppages any more.

Anyway - here's to a prosperous 2015, it has to be after the past few years, and i still ain't the brightest candle in the box..... or is it Four Candles ... or ... Fork Handles...!! Shocked What a Face
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Les Pattenden

Number of posts : 473
Age : 73
Localisation : Hampshire
Cap Badge : RCT
Places Served : Aldershot, Marchwood, Longmoor, Dusseldorf,Munster,Ratingen,Longmoor
Registration date : 2011-11-12

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   26/12/2014, 22:48

Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours, no the old days are not forgotten, brilliant times and I would not be without the memories of B.A.O.R. and the waiting on at that time of year, at the 3 score and 10 gate myself next year and regret nothing, We have experienced more than most, good luck to you all, hope to speak again in the new year Smile Smile Smile Smile RESPECT Smile Smile Smile Smile
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Number of posts : 43
Age : 74
Localisation : Near Bremen, Germany
Cap Badge : Royal Fusiliers, rejoined RE
Places Served : BAOR, UK, HK, Cyprus, NI
Registration date : 2008-06-27

PostSubject: Re: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!   28/12/2014, 23:46

Hi Everyone

I have enjoyed the website over the years. Reading through the entry's I cant stop my mind flickering back to those long past days when I was a young soldier.. It does put a smile on my face, and a tear in my eyes  thinking of long lost friends. To all, whether still serving  or ex-servicemen I wish you a very happy Christmas and good health for the new year.

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