"The Friendly Red Hackle"
A Reasonably Irregular Communication from
The Transvaal Scottish Regiment

No 5/2010 -  27 July 2010

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From the Editor:

It has been almost 3 months since the last edition of "The Friendly Red Hackle", and for this I must apologise. There is a half-way reasonable excuse as in this period we have seen the World Cup come and go along with a multitude of visitors to this country. Being in the tourism industry I was directly and very personally involved in this massive event. A huge positive for South Africa is the immensely positive image taken back "home " by all these tourists to their various countries.

I was personally involved with visitors from Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Ireland, England (I even made it into a small paper in the Midlands!), Australia, The UAE, Ghana and India - and all bar none, were amazed and impressed with what they saw and experienced in South Africa. The comments ranged from the "I did not know that you had highways" to "I am definitely coming back for another holiday".

Well done South Africa - now we just have to capitalize on what has just happened!
Just like a good  infantryman - Exploit the objective!

On a personal note to Sgt. Stewie Campbell - please note the edition number!

 
 
Some thoughts for you:

"The sergeant is the Army."
General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it."
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel


Events in The Regiment

Regimental Council:

Lt. Col. Spike Becker has taken over as chairman of the Transvaal Regimental Council. We wish him all the best, strength and fortitude - and we expect great things from you and your committee, Sir!

We bid farewell to Col. Shorty Whitford. Sir, many thanks for your years of faithful service.

 
The Last Post:

We regret to announce the passing of S/Sgt Marcus Basson who was our procurement officer. He passed away after a sudden illness on the 5th July 2010.

Earlier this week we learned of the death of WO Mike van Tonder. Mike was a great character that many of us knew from the shooting range, and as a stalwart of the SAS Rand Shooting Team.
Waaaaaarrrraaaaaaant! Ek sę, ek sę, ek sę! - Go well Mike - find peace where you are going!

Our condolences to the families.


Transvaal Scottish Receives their 7 Missing Battle Honours

The Transvaal Scottish has received their missing 7 battle honours awarded in 1957.
The missing honours are: To be added to:  
  1. Mega
  2. Taib El Esem
  3. Bir El Gubi
  4. Halfaya
  5. Bir Temrad
  6. Tobruk
  7. Alem Halfa
  1. Natal 1906
  2. South West Africa 1914-15
  3. East Africa 1940-41
  4. El Wak
  5. The Juba
  6. Yonte
  7. Diredawa
  8. Combolcia
  9. Amba Alagi
  10. Western Desert 1941-43
  11. Sollum
  12. Sidi Rezegh
  13. Gazala
  14. Alem Hamza
  15. Acroma Keep
  16. Alamein Defence
  17. Mega
  18. El Alamein

The Regiment is still in the process of applying for 1922 Unrest, and 3 Border War Battle Honours.


Officer's Mess Dinner

The Officer's Mess Dinner held on the 21st May raised a substantial amount for donation to the children's home sponsored by the regiment. Our thanks to those who had their elbows on the table, who passed the port the wrong way, and who gave the OC the wrong rank! Your generosity is appreciated.

The event was a great success, with Maj Genl RC Andersen, SD, SM, MMM, JCD,  Chief of Defence Reserves, SANDF as guest of honour, and a total of 68 people were present on the evening.

 
The Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess Dinner

The 17th July saw the annual dinner held at 43 Bgde.


The Refurbishment of "The View" - there are photos on our Facebook page.

The refurbishment of "The View" continues at a furious pace. Phase 1 is rapidly progressing with the entire ground floor being re-done. Here is the latest report of work done and in progress:

  1. Officers Mess - Complete

  2. Study - Complete

  3. Sgt's & WO's Mess - Window replacement due in 2 weeks, restoration of wallpaper 50% complete, bar nearing completion

  4. All wooden floors on ground level complete

  5. Exterior of building - front bays complete, sandstone sills refurbished, coins and concrete work restored - rest of house to be restored in 4 weeks

  6. Bathroom construction complete, finishes such as flooring and the installation of bathroom fittings to be complete in 3-4 weeks, doors and windows to be manufactured in next 3-4 weeks

  7. Alarm system installed

  8. Garden 50% complete

  9. Irrigation system including the installation of a 5000 litre tank complete

  10. Kitchen floor ready for installation

  11. SE Conservatory (Cpl's Mess) to be installed in 2 weeks

  12. Staircase treads restored - carpet to be installed when ground floor is complete

  13. Boardroom 90% complete - only wallpaper finishing touches and 1 x window rebuild outstanding

  14. Mural work to start in entrance next week

  15. Plans for entrance to be signed off and tenders issued next week

  16. Parade Ground - no progress - awaiting finalisation of drainage plan

  17. All plans to be submitted to PHRAG this week by Architect

  18. NE Conservatory - no progress - awaiting final plans from architect and TS approval

  19. Pantry/Scullery - flooring ready to be installed (10 days) - cupboards to be signed off and manufactured in next 3 weeks


Mobilizations, Shooting & Parades

Mobilization
Internationally in Africa - Alpha Company
The Company is presently deployed in the Sudan, and by all reports is doing a good job.
 
Within South Africa - Bravo Company

The Battalion has been tasked with providing personnel to do internal duties as well. The SANDF has taken over the role of Border Security from the South African Police Service, as was reported extensively in the press. The Transvaal Scottish will be deploying for a six-month period from late September 2010 to March 2011 along our Eastern Border.

The members are currently undergoing training at Lens Base a little way south of Johannesburg, as well as in Heidelberg and at an appropriate field training base in Mpumalanga.

 
Within the Urban Environment - Charlie Company

Now that deployments and training for A and B Coy's have been completed, Employed Reserves are urged to become involved in training for FIBUA and to contact the unit with respect to this. The Transvaal Scottish is busy building C-Coy to fill this role.

Please contact the OC, Lt. Col D. Smythe or Major J. Rudolph. Please contact via e-Mail


Pipe Band - please support them!

The band will next be competing on:
Saturday 7th August SA Champs Highland Gathering
Benoni High School, Dalrymple Street,
Benoni

Delville Wood Parade

This parade was unfortunately indefinitely postponed due to operational reasons.

 

Remembrance Day Parades (Provisional Dates)
7th November - Parktown Boys High School

14th November - Transvaal Scottish Regimental Remembrance Day Parade

14th November - KES (King Edwards School) Remembrance Day Parade

 

Sidi Rezegh Parade

21st November - Sidi Rezegh Parade


MEDALS AND DECORATIONS

"The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line."
 -Charles Edward Montague

 

Continuing the "medals" theme started in February, we now feature a very rare and unusual South African Medal.

Please Note: The use of racial descriptions and terms have been taken from documents and histories, and reflect only the usage of language at that time.

 
The Defence of O'okiep Medal.

This is a very unusual award as it was struck, and awarded, by a private company in recognition of official military duties. This medal was issued by the Cape Copper Company to those who took part in the defence of O'okiep, and is recognised as a military medal and award. There was another private medal issued for the defence of Ladysmith - but this was never recognised as an official military medal.

On the obverse is a miner standing with his legs crossed, holding a shovel in his right hand, with his left resting on a small four-wheeled mine truck. In the background is a hill, the sun rising behind the hill. Around the perimeter is the inscription `THE CAPE COPPER COMPANY LIMITED'. In the centre, at the bottom, is the date `1888'.

The reverse carries 13 lines of capital lettering:

Presented
To the
Officers
Non commissioned officers
And men
Of the garrison of O’okiep
In recognition of their
Gallant defence of the town
Under
Lt Col Shelton DSO
Against a greatly superior
Force of Boers
April 4th to May 4th 1902

The medal is 36.5mm in diameter and was issued in silver and bronze. The ribbon is 37.5mm wide and is dark brown with a central green stripe, 12.5mm wide.

The medal was awarded in silver to officers and in bronze to other ranks. In Forsyth's roll, eighteen recipients of the silver medal are listed including one to Pay Sgt H Rodda, the only other rank to receive a silver medal. The roll indicates that 537 men qualified for the bronze medal.

It is possible that medals were only awarded to Company employees in the Namaqualand Town Guard and O'okiep Volunteers. However a silver medal to Captain A Borcherds, Cape Garrison Artillery, is known to exist.


O'okiep
O’okiep, in Namaqualand, is about seventy-five miles inland on a light railway from Port Nolloth and was the centre of the Cape Copper Mining Company. Lieutenant-Colonel Shelton, 3rd West Surrey Regiment, was in command of all the forces in the district with his HQ in Ookiep and small garrisons at Concordia, Nababeep and Springbok.

When Smuts invaded the district the garrison at Nababeep retired on O’okiep; that at Concordia surrendered without offering any opposition him, whilst that at Springbok surrendered to Maritz.

The Defence of O'okiep
The defending force was commanded by Colonel W.A.D. Shelton and consisted of Cape Coloured, European and others of the Namaqualand Town Guard Battalion, 44 men of the Warwickshire Militia and 12 Gunners of the Cape Garrison Artillery.

Major Dean, the Company's manager, prepared the town for defence and erected a perimeter of blockhouses. The Cape Garrison Artillery manned the 9-pdr and Maxim gun. Major Edwards was placed in command of the outer, whilst Major Dean commanded the inner defences; Captain Freeland was CRA; Captain Macdonald, Intelligence Officer, with Lieutenant Meyrick looking after the plate-layers and half castes.

The garrison consisted of:

206 European miners
661 Cape Coloureds
44 men of the 5th Warwickshire militia
12 men of the Cape Garrison Artillery
Total strength of 923.

'On April 4 1902 the Boers invested O'okiep and demanded its surrender, which was rejected. Desultory attacks began on April 8 and soon one blockhouse was captured. But only one determined assault was made and this was easily repulsed. After that the siege degenerated into a mere blockade conducted `with such mutual good humour that on one occasion a challenge to a football match was considered by the garrison and eventually declined.' Smuts himself was whisked off to Vereeniging to attend the peace conference between the Boer leaders and Lord Kitchener...'

The garrison was relieved by a force dispatched by sea from Cape Town under the Command of Colonel Cooper, though the immediate relief was carried out by a column of this force composed of 5th Lancers (109) 116th and 118th Companies Imperial Yeomanry (170); one squadron Cape Police and two guns of the 44th Battalion, all under command of Colonel Callwell.

The Cape Coloured men who defended O'okiep as a part of the Town Guard were not eligible for the Queen's South Africa Medal and the Cape Copper Company struck its own Medal for the defenders.


Social Events


1st August 2010 - The Annual Association Bowls Tournament.

There are 16 teams competing at the Rooseveld Park Bowling Club.


7th August 2010 - The South African Pipe Band Championships

The Pipe Band is competing in the South African Championships at Benoni High School - also known as the Benoni Gathering. The Regiment will have a hospitality tent set up - Please come and join us and support the band.


25th September - the Annual Regimental Association Dinner

The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg.

Please contact the Association Chairman - Colin Visser - colinvisser@mweb.co.za
or the Secretary - Dave Gould - daveg@icon.co.za for any information


2nd October 2010 - Regimental Open Day - SA IS LEKKER!
The Regimental Open Day will be the first day that "The View" will be open after the refurbishment - please join us

The Regimental Open Day is going to coincide with the re-opening of "The View".

Those interested in having some exhibition space or wanting to take a tent please contact yours truly! Some exhibitors from last year have pre-empted the organizer and have already booked space.

Please join us for a day of Lekker Pap and Boerewors, Lekker South African Music and Lekker Fun. For those of you in far-flung parts of the world and don't understand what LEKKER means, or what Boerewors is - click HERE

We have the 1st Honeydew Scouts on board again - they are promising an even bigger, better and more exciting Scouting display than last year.

 

It's Lekker to Live
in South Africa!

Every First Thursday of the month - Eisbein Club

On an informal note - the "Eisbein Club" has has now been in existence for over 20 years! An absolutely informal, unofficial and relaxed get-together every First Thursday of the month. It is for people who enjoy good food, good beer, good Jagermeister and good company, and who somewhere had a military connection (however vague that may be or have been!) The get together happens at:

 

THE SWISS INN

Douglasdale Village, corner of Leslie Road and Douglas Drive, Douglasdale

From about 12H30. Wear a tie - or you get fined!
Every so often we even get a Piper to play - the expressions on the faces of the other clientele is something to see!

The Club has (eventually) produced a new tie - Jagermeister features on it! - probably because the production needs to increase for every 1st Thursday!

Click Here - to e-mail an order if you are interested.

 

The Transvaal Horse Artillery

Please remember the Artillery Open Day on the 28th August in Potchefstroom.

Last Months'(?) Military Trivia

It would seem that I managed to get most of you!

Of the few entries received, the answers that were sent in by Rhys Fitter have been judged to be the most complete and correct. Congratulations to Rhys. I will make sure that the bottle of whiskey is handed over to you at a suitable occasion - perhaps after you and the band win on the 7th!

My thanks to a certain senior Sergeant Major who expressed intense interest in the Whisky - but unfortunately three entries and four personal consultations with the editor did not get you all the correct answers! Close - but not quite!

 

10 QUESTIONS - A MIX OF ANGLO-ZULU WAR, BOER WAR, BORDER WAR, SADF, SWATF, SANDF, MEDALS
AND WITH A TASTE OF WHISKY THROWN IN!

Question 1 - The SADF awarded the John Chard Medal as well as the John Chard Decoration. Who was John Chard?
Lt. John Rouse Marriott Chard, 5th Company Royal Engineers, Commander of the garrison at Rorke's Drift. On the 22/23 January 1879 sucessfully commanded the defence of Rorke's Drift against the Zulu army. It is estimated that the defenders were outnumbered 45:1

Question 2 - This is the cap badge of a unit based in Mtubatuba. They are affiliated to a unit in the UK. Which unit and why?
121 Bn. Royal Regiment of Wales. The 24th Regiment - South Wales Borderers - present at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift - eventually amalgamated with several other regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Wales. A link between the predominantly Zulu regiment - 121 Bn. - and themselves was considered appropriate because of the two battles fought in 1979.

Question 3 - Who is this famous Boer War leader?
General Jacobus Herculaas (Koos) de la Rey.
He was present at Kraaipan, Modder River, Magersfontein and many others.

Question 4 - What was this proficiency badge?
Tracker in the SWATF (South West African Territorial Force)

Question 5 - What Unit was this?
1 SWA Specialist Unit - Headquarters based at Otavi. It was a specialist unit incorporating Trackers, Motor Cycles, Dogs and Equestrian.
NOTE: The South African tracker proficiency badge is a bootprint!

Question 6 - What do these two flashes have in common?
Both flashes of 1SAI. The ratel was superseded by the Ostrich feathers in the early 1990's. The Ratel badge was adopted because 1SAI was a Mech unit - the feathers because of the 1SAI's heritage of being formed in Oudtshoorn in the 1940's.

Question 7 - When speaking of Whisky - what does the word "Mash" refer to?
Malt whisky production begins when the barley is malted—by steeping the barley in water, and then allowing it to get to the point of germination. Malting releases enzymes that break down starches in the grain and help convert them into sugars. When the desired state of germination is reached the malted barley is dried using smoke. Many (but not all) distillers add peat to the fire to give an earthy, peaty flavour to the spirit.

Today only a handful of distilleries have their own maltings; these include Balvenie, Kilchoman, Highland Park, Glenfiddich, Glen Ord, Bowmore, Laphroaig, Springbank, Tamdhu, and Edradour. Even those distilleries that malt their own barley produce only a small percentage of the malt required for production. All distilleries order malt from specialised maltsters.

The dried malt (and in the case of grain whisky, other grains) is ground into a coarse flour called "grist". This is mixed with hot water in a large vessel called a mash tun. The grist is allowed to steep.

This process is referred to as "mashing", and the mixture as "mash".

Question 8 - These are the Company Flashes of which unit?
61 Mech.
Question 9 - This is the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct issued by?
(Hint - they amalgamated with the SADF in 1994)
Boputhatswana

Question 10 - This is the ribbon for which South African medal? (No you won't find it on the display of SADF Medal Ribbons 1975 - 2003) No longer awarded.
1st Issue - Honoris Crux

 


This Months' Military Trivia - Just for Fun

 
With thanks to Maj. Trevor Cock - who reminded me of this one!
This insert is with apologies to Sergeants Major Trevor "Porky" Wright, and Bob Prince - who had occasion to see this badge - and who could do nothing about it!
This is a proficiency badge that was awarded to certain members of the Union Defence Force - and no - it is NOT a fireman's badge.
Name
Answer
Why the Axes?

     


Instead of the usual bit of history - a little something about someone who made history!

The "spotter" for this record-breaking and almost unbelievable bit of shooting was none other than ex-Transvaal Scottish member Trooper Clifford O'Farrel - son of Superintendent Cedric O'Farrel of the SAPS and brother of Gary. Both Clifford and Gary have served in the Transvaal Scottish, and Cedric is a great friend of the regiment.
Proud to know you!

This was not just one shot - but two hits at a distance 2475m!


British snipers fulfill a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets.

The L115A3 rifle, part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), is a large-calibre weapon which provides state-of-the-art telescopic day and night all-weather sights, increasing a sniper's effective range considerably. The first batch of SSIPs were deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008.

Designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres, Accuracy International's L96 sniper rifle has also been upgraded with a new x3-x12 x 50 sight and spotting scope. The L115A3 long range rifle fires an 8.59mm bullet which is heavier than the 7.62mm round of the L96 and less likely to be deflected over extremely long ranges. Other elements of the Sniper System Improvement Programme include night sights, spotting scopes, laser range finders and tripods.

Calibre 8.59 mm
Weight 6.8 kg
Length 1,300 mm
Muzzle velocity 936 m/s
Feed 5-round box
Effective range 1,100 m plus

  1. S&B 5-25x56 Day Scope
    Magnifies target up to 25 times allowing the sniper to identify targets more easily.
  2. Folding Stock
    Reduces the length of the weapon when being carried in a backpack
  3. Adjustable Cheek Piece
    Allows the sniper to comfortably align his eye with the day scope
  4. Suppressor
    Reduces the flash and noise signature, reducing the chances of detection and thus increasing the survivability of the sniper
  5. Adjustable Bi-pod
    Allows the sniper to support the rifle  in a set position while locating the target
  6. 5-round Magazine
    Allows the sniper to fire 5 rounds rapidly while being small enough not to interfere with the alignment

I don't know if this is true and accurate - but it is a good story!

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia.  The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.

When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.  Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. 

The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.

The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.

The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.

The Captain chose a bugler.  He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.

This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as 'The Last Post' used at military funerals was born.

The words are:

Verse 1   Verse 2   Verse 3

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes.
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.
  Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.
  Thanks and praise.  
For our days.  
Neath the sun  
Neath the stars.  
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.  
God is nigh

George B. McClellan and Joseph E. Johnston, commanders of the Union and Confederate armies: Harrison's Landing during the Peninsula Campaign


Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces


The Real Story of "The Last Post:

The Last Post is a bugle call used at Commonwealth military funerals and ceremonies commemorating those who have fallen in war. "The Last Post" is also the name of a poem by Robert Graves describing a soldier's funeral during World War I.

The Last Post was originally a bugle call used in British Army camps to signal the end of the day. The name derives from the practice of inspecting all the sentry posts around such a camp at the end of the day, and playing a bugle call at each of them. The "last post" was thus the last point of this inspection, and the bugle call signalling that this post had been inspected marked the end of the military day. This custom dates from at least the 17th century, and originated with British troops stationed in The Netherlands, where it drew on an older Dutch custom, called Taptoe.

The Taptoe was also used to signal the end of the day, but has more prosaic origin. Taptoe originated signalling the moment that beer barrels had to be shut, hence that the day had ended. It comes from the Dutch phrase Doe den tap toe, meaning "Turn the tap off": however the Dutch "Taptoe" bugle call Taptoesignaal, now used for remembrance events, is not the same tune as the Last Post. Neither Last Post nor Taptoesignaal is to be confused with the US call "Taps", which has a similar function but different tune and origin.

During the 19th century, the Last Post was also carried to the various countries of the British Empire. In all these countries it has been incorporated into military funerals, where it is played as a final farewell, symbolising the fact that the duty of the dead soldier is over and that they can rest in peace.

Last Post is used in public ceremonials commemorating the war dead, particularly on Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations. In Australia and New Zealand it is also played on ANZAC Day.

Since 1928 the Last Post has been played every evening by buglers of the local Last Post association at the war memorial at Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium known as the Menin Gate, commemorating the British Empire dead at the Battle of Ypres during the First World War. The only exception to this was during the four years of the German occupation of Ypres from 20 May 1940 to 6 September 1944, when the ceremony moved to Brookwood Cemetery in England. On the evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres, the ceremony was resumed at the Menin Gate, in spite of the heavy fighting still going on in other parts of the town. These buglers are quite often mistaken as being from the local fire brigade; however, they are present every day representing the Last Post Committee. They are indeed members of the fire brigade, and can sometimes be seen wearing the uniforms, but it is not the Fire Brigade that organizes "Last Post".

The Last Post was used by British forces in North America in colonial times, but its function was taken over in the United States by "Taps", which has been used by the United States Army since 1862.

The Last Post was incorporated into the finale of Robert Steadman's In Memoriam, a choral work on the subject of remembrance. It is also incorporated into Karl Jenkins's orchestral mass The Armed Man and Peter Sculthorpe's chamber orchestra work, Small Town from the Fifth Continent. A slightly altered version forms part of the slow movement of the Pastoral Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

When the post is played during services such as ANZAC Day it is required of all current serving military members to salute for the duration of the call.


Memories of "Letters to Home"

Dear Ma and Pa:

Am well. Hope you are. Tell klein boet the Army beats working for Oom Karel. Tell him to join up quick before all the places are filled. I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.( but am getting so I like to sleep late.) All you do before breakfast is smooth your bed and shine some things -- no pigs to feed, milking the cows, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing. You got to shave, but it is not bad in warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, beef, ham steak, and regular food, but you can always sit between two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till noon, when you get next chow. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on "route marches," which, the Sgt. says, are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it is not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our letterbox at home. Then the city guys all get sore feet and we ride back in Samils. The country is nice, but awful flat.

The Sgt. is like a schoolteacher. He nags some. The Capt. is like a headmaster. Cols. and Gens. just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why, the bull's-eye is near big as a baboons ass and don't move and it ain't shooting at you, like the Van Staden boeties at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it, you don't even load your own cartridges they come in boxes. Be sure to tell klein boet to hurry and join before other fellows get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving son,

Koos

 

And a last thought:
"A piece of paper makes you an officer, a radio makes you a commander."
 
- General Omar N. Bradley

 

Alba Nam Buadh - And wishing you all the best until next time

 

Diederik van ‘t Hof

(DEJ VAN 'T HOF)
COMMAND COMMUNICATION TRANSVAAL SCOTTISH REGIMENT : MAJ

 

 

 

Transvaal Scottish Regiment

Battalion Headquarters

 

Postal Address

 

Regimental Headquarters

The Garrison

 

P. O. Box 66283

 

The View

128 Langerman Drive

 

Broadway

 

18 Ridge Road

Kensington

 

2020

 

Parktown

Johannesburg

 

 

 

Johannesburg

(011) 417-6116

 

 

 

(011) 643-2961

 

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