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The Great War ushered in the 20th Century. It was the war that set the stage for the bloodiest century in history.
The story of Wiltshire at War is not just about the Army, or training. It was here that weapons were developed, tactics were tried and tested, and operations planned and mounted. British, Commonwealth and American troops all made use of the varied facilities. And of course like every county , the civil population also played their part, working in the factories or fields, belonging to an organisation such as the Home Guard, or the ARP.
Audio recording of the parade of the last troop of the Regimental Colour of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, 1959.
Music double CD of the Regimental Band and the Corps of Drums of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment. 45 tracks taken from four recordings: Regimental Band recording for Regimental Association reunion 1961 Corps of Drums recording in Cyprus 1985 Regimental Band - 'The Farmer's Boy' recorded in London 1987 Regimental Band and Corps of Drums - 'Airmobile Infantry' recorded at Catterick 1991
Music CD of the Regimental Corps of Drums of the 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and the band of the Prince of Wales's Division (Lucknow). Recorded in 2003 with 31 tracks and a total playing time of 74.26 minutes
A collection of traditional military and popular band music by the Volunteer Band of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. Click details for run list.
In January 2002 a hole appeared in a field near to the Newfoundland Regiment Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel. The site commemorates that regiment, together with others from the 29th Division who are buried on the gentle slopes leading down to the River Ancre. The opening seemed to lead into a shallow tunnel known as 'First Avenue' (named for the trench from which it ran). In May 2002, after a reconnaisance and much historical research, the Durrand Group began its investigative operation. Approx run time 45mins.
WW1 - Vimy Ridge1917: one of the most heavily mined areas on earth - where British and German tunnellers fought for supremacy in a bitter underground struggle to dominate this vital and commanding position on the western front. 9th April 2007:the 90th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. After an eight year investigation, the widely respected and influential Durrand Group publish the results of their endeavours in 'O' Sector deep mining system. Main video duration: 98mins
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