Today, September 1st is the day that the world would be changed forever.
The British government issued Nazi Germany an Ultimatum, stating that if they didn’t pull their troops out of Poland, a state of war would exist between them. When no such action was made, the Prime Minister at the time, Nevil Chamberlain, declared war on Germany.
Canada would follow on September 10th
TOS-1A Heavy Flame Thrower System (Russia)
TOS-1A Heavy Flame Thrower System is a Russian 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armoured vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988-1989 in the Panjshir Valley during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.
The TOS-1 is not used by the artillery units of the Russian Armed Forces but is found in NBC defense units
Royal Anglian Regiment receives new Colours
The Royal Anglian Regiment was presented with new Colours on Sunday as it celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Some 5,000 soldiers, veterans and their families gathered at the Imperial War Museum Duxford to mark the anniversary and the arrival of the new Colours, which were presented by the regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
The Colours, originally carried as a rallying point on the battlefield, convey the regiment’s battle honours and represent its loyalty to the Crown, devotion to duty and honour. New Colours are presented every generation with the previous Colours presented in 1995 at Duxford, where the Royal Anglian Regimental Museum and the Regimental Memorial have since been established.
More than 200 soldiers from the regiment’s three battalions, two Regular and one Reserve, were on parade while their old Colours were marched off for the final time. A service of consecration for the new Colours then took place, led by the Chaplain-General to the Army the Reverend Jonathan Woodhouse, assisted by the regimental padres.
Lieutenant General Phil Jones, the Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “Having lived in the regiment for my whole life, I feel enormously proud to be involved as the regiment receives its new Colours. It is a special day and we are honoured that His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has been able to present the Colours. This parade has allowed us to gather the regimental family together to reflect on our heritage, the sacrifice of so many and the steadfastness of our soldiers.
“We are also celebrating our first 50 years as a modern infantry regiment which, through service in all of the British Army’s operations across the world in that period, has upheld the proud traditions of our antecedent regiments. As we look to the challenges of future operations in an uncertain world we are determined to continue living up to our regimental ethos – we make it happen.”
Photographer: Sgt Brian Gamble; Crown Copyright