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    freedom of Paris

    along the bottom road that went up to garrison church ,cant remember the name, I was demobed by then my old position was second from the right, sorry about the completely wrong title .
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    Nice pic Richard.

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    Days of Glory. When we had three bands............ with no fat wimmin.
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    Dummy Langdon I think, smart bloke, wimmin used to fancy him a bit

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    Good pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by standinthedoor View Post
    Dummy Langdon I think, smart bloke, wimmin used to fancy him a bit

    He probably wouldn't thank you for calling him 'Dummy' though,in fact he might throw the dummy out of his pram!

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    The man front rank left was Mick Edney , my section Lance jack he went on to succeed Drummy Langdon , think he did 30 years or some ridiculous sentence , went on to CSM , RSM 15 PARA and demobbed a captain I think.
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    great photos i love em. i have a freedom of paris one somewhere i will sus it out and post it.
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    Time for Steve to post his freedom from Colly snaps on here eh ?
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    This one Billy?

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    What year was the Don. Looks like Ammo boots and .303's.
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    Re: freedom of Paris

    When i posted it before i sent it to PARADATA, this was the response:


    Morning Don,

    Thanks for the image. I've been doing some research (hence the late reply) and have found the photo was taken on the 25th August 1954. The band of 1 Para was summoned to France to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.


    In regards to the sash they cost about £500 so there was a delay in changing them due to finances. This information was found in the October 1954 edition of the Pegasus Journal.


    There is no mention of the Bandmasters name and we don't hold it on record here so I'm sorry I couldn't be of help in that regard.


    I hope this helps in some way.


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    The Shot 1986 ABF day
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    And Richard (paraD), posted this about the film that was put up:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Roi...layer_embedded

    Thanks all I have seen it I was hidden in the middle somewhere , the Shiny 1 really came through on that parade if you look you'll notice we are the only ones doing stick drill. Know loads of blokes in there, keep stopping it to try to see more but a bit difficult, the ones I can name are Cpl. Davison (leading tipper), l/cpl. Joe Tamplin, Sadie Scripps RIP ,Cpl Barry Luffman RIP, tenor Drummer Taff. Parfit , (a N/S man soon to be demobbed) and last but not least the Same Drummy Langdon , who was on the liberation of Paris parade ( not the Freedom of as wrongly said earlier ) as to the cost of all the regalia I can remember being told that Sgt . Pegasus coat cost £70.

    Richard, you said you said it was a bit difficult stopping the film.

    Click on the link, when it opens, double click on the film, it will go to full screen, but it may look better when small. To stop the film, press the spacebar on the keyboard and press again to restart it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy meikle View Post
    great photos i love em. i have a freedom of paris one somewhere i will sus it out and post it.
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    it somewhere too , I thought that's what I'd clicked
    SAM, at paradata means the band AND drums and the " bandmaster " was of course Drum major Langdon . the drums pltn hadn't been formed that long , and Don Langdon who was in a rifle coy. Was made to volunteer for drum major. The leading tipper behind drummys right hand was Sgt Le houqeut ,a channel islander , he was the bloke with all the gen about ,drums and drumming , I was told he served in the Canadian airborne in the war , Drummy was a wartime bloke too, he did his training at Hardwick Hall ( a lot tougher than maida I was told.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paradrummer View Post
    The man front rank left was Mick Edney , my section Lance jack he went on to succeed Drummy Langdon , think he did 30 years or some ridiculous sentence , went on to CSM , RSM 15 PARA and demobbed a captain I think.
    If Mick left with a captains pension I do not think he would regard it as a 'sentence', Is Drummy Langdon still around. I think that at one point Bn tried to understand what the drums could do on Ops as a unit, a number were sent on snipers courses at Warminster/Netheravon I think!

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    Drums in 3 were employed at various times as MMG Pln,and Assault Pioneer Pln.

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    No unfortunately Drummy Langdon died a few years back . Yes some of ours were sent on snipers course but I think it was down on the Sussex coast ,shoreham ? . MICK is a brilliant bloke, and is now well into his eighties and doing ok , thank God

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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

    That's bravery for you, the guy with the big drum at the front and one bloke on the extreme left of the photo are being attacked by f***in leopards and never break a stride.

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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

    Wonder what the Krauts thought of that ? Wonder if they are /were resentful or grateful given (not that far from places like Belsen) the Regime we put away and what we stopped in its tracks.
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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

    Remember that well,and could recognise all the blokes in the pic,although can't name them all! We had a generally good relationship with the Germans,especially the older WW11 generation,and the band and drums used to be loaned out for various shows,like the Shutzenfest (Local shooting competition celebrations run all round the country)shown in the pic. One of our WO2s won it one year,and then realised his mistake,as he had to host the rest of the club to dinners and suchlike for the whole year following. As a German said "You only win the Fest once!" It was obvious he'd been allowed to win so they could all take advantage of his generosity,usually it's the local Baron who wins,because he can afford to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Harley View Post
    Remember that well,and could recognise all the blokes in the pic,although can't name them all! We had a generally good relationship with the Germans,especially the older WW11 generation,and the band and drums used to be loaned out for various shows,like the Shutzenfest (Local shooting competition celebrations run all round the country)shown in the pic. One of our WO2s won it one year,and then realised his mistake,as he had to host the rest of the club to dinners and suchlike for the whole year following. As a German said "You only win the Fest once!" It was obvious he'd been allowed to win so they could all take advantage of his generosity,usually it's the local Baron who wins,because he can afford to!
    Pat, i think Schützenfest, must be an interpretation, Schützen means to protect, shooting would be schiessen. Presumably it's derived from shooting to protect?
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    Biggest mistake I made with shooting,on being shown a deer hanging in the cellar of the hotel we used for skiing in Bavaria,was asking the proud owner Herr Pinn "Du sheissen?"(You shit,instead of you shoot?). Every town and village over there had a Shutzenklub,holding yearly competitions in shooting,ending in the Shutzenfest celebrations,where they all get done up in the lederhosen and Tyrolian hats,marching through the streets with mostly old blunderbusses and the like. Although I was a fairly fluent boxhead speaker it never occurred to me to question the word,just assumed it was a colloqialism for shoot.
    Herr Pinn by the way must've been in the QM's in the Wermacht,as all the crockery in The Klausenmuller hotel had the waffenampt eagle mark on the base,and the sheets and pillowcases etc were similarly marked. The deer had been taken out with his old Mauser K98 rifle,and he had his full uniform in the cellar as well. Tommy told me the hotel is now gone,with a massive car park in it's place.

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    It should have been gone in WW2 along with the rest of Germany.

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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Harley View Post
    Biggest mistake I made with shooting,on being shown a deer hanging in the cellar of the hotel we used for skiing in Bavaria,was asking the proud owner Herr Pinn "Du sheissen?"(You shit,instead of you shoot?). Every town and village over there had a Shutzenklub,holding yearly competitions in shooting,ending in the Shutzenfest celebrations,where they all get done up in the lederhosen and Tyrolian hats,marching through the streets with mostly old blunderbusses and the like. Although I was a fairly fluent boxhead speaker it never occurred to me to question the word,just assumed it was a colloqialism for shoot.
    Herr Pinn by the way must've been in the QM's in the Wermacht,as all the crockery in The Klausenmuller hotel had the waffenampt eagle mark on the base,and the sheets and pillowcases etc were similarly marked. The deer had been taken out with his old Mauser K98 rifle,and he had his full uniform in the cellar as well. Tommy told me the hotel is now gone,with a massive car park in it's place.
    My mate was going on about a German player his club (Celtic) signed, Scheidt, he wasn't impressed when i told him the 'd' was silent.
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    Re: freedom of Paris DRUMMY LANGDON

    Like a lad in 3,Australian,who went by the moniker 'Croc' and wasn't amused when I pointed out the R was silent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAB View Post
    It should have been gone in WW2 along with the rest of Germany.
    I agree with that Rab. Given what they did to civvies and the kids of Europe alone.... it should have ceased to exist. Been absorbed by the surrounding States. I knew and owd German submariner.... and it was him gave me the idea. Sez he was a POW in a camp in Canada when the showed them the film of the camps. It did him in. He never went back. Walked off into Canada from the docks.

    (If he was telling the truth. He could have been the bloke dropped the Zyklon B for all I knew).
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