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GUARDS MAGAZINE

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THE GUARDS MAGAZINE JOURNAL OF THE HOUSEHOLD DIVISION

No: 202 Autumn 2021

CONTENTS

EDITOR’S NOTES ...........................................................................................................................................................  6 The Household Division Afghanistan 2001-2021 ...............................................................................................................  7 Mick at Large: OPERATION Pitting, Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul ..........................................................  26 Further Consolidation in Dhofar: Soldiering on in 1977 ..................................................................................................   28 From Colt to Retired Warhorse: My Experience with CVRT ...........................................................................................  33 The British Peace Support Team Africa: A Success Story ................................................................................................  35 The Sword and the Crown: A Military Musical Spectacular ............................................................................................. 37 The Guards Depot, Pirbright: Memories of a Young Officer in a Bygone Era .................................................................  39 A Glimpse at Queen Victoria’s Army ................................................................................................................................ 41 The Story of the Guards ....................................................................................................................................................  46 50 Years Ago, Winter 1971: To Afghanistan and Back Overland .....................................................................................  48

NEWS Honours and Awards .......................................................................................................................................................... 13 Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Commissions ............................................................................................................. 14 People, Places and Events .................................................................................................................................................. 15 Competitions 93 and 94, and Cartoon ................................................................................................................................ 25 Sport ................................................................................................................................................................................... 53 Regimental Intelligence ..................................................................................................................................................... 63 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ....................................................................................................................................... 102 BOOK REVIEWS .......................................................................................................................................................... 103 OBITUARIES ................................................................................................................................................................  112

General Data Protection Regulation Statement Headquarters Household Division has a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy to which The Guards Magazine is compliant. Specifically, please note that: • The Guards Magazine publisher undertakes that subscribers’ addresses provided to him will only be used for the purpose of posting copies of the magazine and will not be shared with other parties. • Any lists that appear in The Guards Magazine, such as Honours and Awards and RMAS Commissions, have been formally cleared for publication in the public domain. • With regard to photographs published in The Guards Magazine, The Editor accepts these for publication on the understanding that those individuals submitting them have, where required by data protection legislation, obtained consent to publication from those depicted. Anyone who believes this is not the case or has any concerns in this matter should contact The Editor.

Information on the digital and online versions of this magazine are on page iii.

Cover: The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial, Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.

7th October 2021. PO Photo Dave Jenkins. MOD

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