Some photos of a friend* and some random (including historic) photos
of the Regiment
This is a work-in-progress and not yet complete!
who is enormously busy and has spent his valuable time helping and
trusting me with training along with becoming a trusted friend!
Thank you so much!)
Instructing entry/CQB team
("The Spaniard" hee)
sensitive info deleted
"Execute. Execute. Execute!"
Mick Gould and team with Lady Diana
Mick Gould with the Queen
...and no fancy optics!!!
Kabul Hotel Take Down team
I need that holster
for my Sig (note P228s in Molle compatible holsters)
Princess House Iranian Embassy Take Down
Maj David Stirling's LRDG
David Stirling's guys
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Homage to Lt. Col. David Stirling's successor, Lt. Col. B. M. F. Franks, DSO, MC, Royal Corps of Signals
"After 1st and 2nd SAS Regiments were disbanded in 1945, a
campaign began to resurrect the SAS capabilities within the British
Army. This was led by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Franks,
a wartime commander of 2 SAS. A TA officer now returned to his job in
the hotel industry, he was determined that the skills of the many SAS
men now in civilian life should not go to waste. Through the Regimental
Association which he helped establish Franks petitioned the War Office
for the establishment of a reserve SAS unit. Eventually a compromise
was reached and the SAS role was given to an old TA infantry battalion,
the Artists' Rifles, which had served as an Officer Cadet Training Unit
in the war. The new unit was to be called 21st Special Air Service Regiment (Artists') and recruiting began in September 1947, initially mainly in London. Franks was the first Commanding Officer and remained such until 1950.
At first the Artists' capbadge was worn on a maroon beret with the SAS
badge relegated to a shoulder flash, but soon the " Winged Dagger " was
Lt. Col. Brian Morton Forster Franks, Born 1910, died 1982.
Both before and after the war a Territorial Army reservist
, he joined No.8 Commando in 1940
. Became the Signals Officer of Layforce, in which capacity he served in the fighting for Crete in 1941. Later he commanded the first squadron of the GHQ Liaison Regiment(" Phantom" )
established in the Middle East. This unit, divided into six-man teams,
had the job of obtaining first-hand information from the most forward
positions and reporting back directly to the theatre headquarters via
high-powered radio. In 1944-45 F Squadron served in the signals support
role for the SAS Brigade.
Bob Laycock arrived back in the Middle East with his Special Service
Brigade Headquarters in 1943 to take charge of the four Commandos
involved in the invasion of Italy. Laycock himself was to go to Salerno
with Nos.2 and 41(RM) Commandos, while a second Brigade HQ was formed
under John Durnford-Slater for the other two commandos and the SRS.
Franks became Brigade Major
, today more accurately called the Chief of Staff, of this headquarters
. As such he served with it in the fighting around Taranto and later at Termoli. He impressed the SRS and 2SAS men who fought at Termoli with his coolness under fire.
Franks also possessed all the diplomatic skills needed in dealing with the top brass.
Therefore when Bill Stirling resigned, he was appointed CO of 2 SAS and continued the preparation for the invasion of Europe.
After D-Day Lieutenant Colonel Franks stayed in the UK a bit longer
than Paddy Mayne. He took ninety men of 2SAS and Phantom to the Vosges Mountains
in August 1944 for Operation Loyton. Here they mounted hit-and-run
attacks on the Germans for ten weeks, sometimes aided by the Maquis
(resistance; officially the French Forces of the Interior).
Unfortunately a third of the force was lost. Other squadrons also
carried out such missions and later a new squadron was sent to Italy
under Roy Farran, specifically to work with local guerillas. Like 1SAS
Franks' regiment returned to the UK for a short time in 1945. Operation
Archway was to be the largest SAS operation of the war and began with a
reinforced squadron each from 1 and 2 SAS landed at Ostend on 20 March.
Totalling about 300 all ranks they came under Franks' command as
Frankforce. Their first assignment was to the US XVIII Airborne Corps
for short-range recce missions in northern Germany. Frankforce then
helped the Guards Armoured Division in the seizure of the area around
the Dortmund-Elms canal at the end of March. From then on the two
squadrons worked with the armoured recce regiments of the three British
armoured divisions, the jeeps' speed complementing the firepower of the
armoured cars and tanks. By the end of the war both had crossed the
Elbe, suffering light casualties in this last campaign. The
SAS Brigade as a whole inflicted over twenty times as many casualties
as they took in the operations of 1944/45, and in addition took about
5000 German prisoners.
When the SAS Brigade returned from Norway in August 1945 the French and
Belgian regiments were given back to their own armies. Despite the
efforts of Mike Calvert, who had taken over as Brigadier in February,
and a report by the Directorate of Tactical Investigation which
highlighted the SAS successes, the British regiments were to be
disbanded. This happened in October, following which most of the
non-Regular members were discharged. From then on Franks fought an
almost lone battle for a reserve SAS unit to be established so that the
skills of these veterans were not lost. He was later aided in this by
the SAS Regimental Association which he had established. Eventually a
compromise was agreed upon by the War Office. The Artists' Rifles, an
old London TA battalion of the Rifle Brigade, was redesignated 21st
Special Air Service Regiment ( Artists' ) when the TA was reformed in
1947. ( The number 21 commemorated 1 and 2 SAS). At first the Artists'
capbadge was worn but soon the winged dagger made a reappearance. Franks commanded this unit until 1950
and he was succeeded in the decade that followed by a number of other
distinguished wartime officers now returned to civilian life. These
included Charles Newman, who had led the famous St. Nazaire raid, who
was followed by Jock Lapraik and then David Sutherland, both of whom
had served in the SAS " orphan ", the Special Boat Service. 21 SAS 's
worth was soon proved, when in 1950 a squadron under Tony
Greville-Bell, one of Franks' wartime officers, joined the new regular
unit in Malaya. Without Franks it is very possible that the SAS would
have disappeared forever. Brian Franks worked in the hotel industry
most of his life and was Managing Director of the Hyde Park Hotel from 1959 to 1972
. He was also Honourary Colonel of 21SAS for many years, and later Colonel Commandant of the SAS Regiment.
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Lt. Col George Despard Franks
(father of Lt. Col. Brian M. F. Franks)
Lt.-Col. George Despard Franks was born on 9 January 1873. He was
the son of Matthew Henry Franks and Gertrude Priscilla Despard.
He married May Geraldine Morton, daughter of Lt.-Gen. Sir Gerald de
Courcy Morton, on 6 June 1908. He died on 8 October 1918 at age 45
at Le Cateau*, France, killed in action.
He was educated at Repton School, Repton, Derbyshire, England. He was
educated at Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemburg,
He fought in the Boer War between 1898 and 1901, where he was mentioned in despatches.
He was Aide-de-Camp to General commanding 7th Division, 3rd Army Corps. He fought in the First World War.
He was decorated with the award of Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1917.
He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the 19th Hussars.
He was invested as a Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) in 1919.
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* The Battle of Le Cateau, France 1914
Le Cateau Military Cemetery. Le Cateau, Nord, France
Le Cateau and the country to the west were the scene of the battle
fought by II Corps on 26 August 1914 against a greatly superior German
force. The town remained in German hands from that date until the
evening of 10 October 1918
, when it was rushed by the 5th Connaught Rangers
but not cleared until a week later. Le Cateau had been a German
railhead and an important hospital centre, and the military cemetery
was laid out in February 1916, with separate plots for the Commonwealth
and German dead.
It contains the graves of over 5,000 German soldiers, in part burials
made during the occupation, the rest brought in from other German
cemeteries after the Armistice. A separate plot contains the graves of
34 Russian prisoners of war.
The majority of the graves in Plots I, III, IV and V are those of
Commonwealth dead buried by the Germans, mainly from the battleground
of 1914. All of the graves in Plot II, eight of which were brought in
after the Armistice, date from October and November 1918. Plot III also
contains two German graves.
**Vosges Mountains; by coincidence, my dad was 442nd/100 Btn.
Nisei soldiers in World War II: the campaign in the Vosges Mountains.
This study is about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War
II as it assisted VI Corps in the push through the Vosges Mountains in
Northern France. The 442nd RCT was composted mostly of
Japanese-Americans, or nisei, who volunteered to join the U.S. Army.
Behind their contributions were U. S. government policies which
precluded Japanese immigrants from citizenship and land ownership, and
culminated in the relocation of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans
from the West Coast of the United States. This study briefly examines
the Japanese in America, the formation of the 442nd RCT, and its
exploits. Its involvement in the campaign through the Vosges Mountains
began with its attachment to the 36th Infantry Division on 13 October
and ended on 9 November 1944. This study examines the four battles
during the campaign to take Bruyeres, Biffontaine, the Rescue of the
"Lost Battalion" and the follow-on mission. This study examines the
combat and environmental conditions in the Vosges Mountains. It shows
military decision-making from the corps level to regiment level and, in
some cases, to company level. It provides a balanced review of events
to promote historical accuracy.<end>
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Lt.-Gen. Sir Gerald de Courcy Morton
Lt.-Gen. Sir Gerald de Courcy Morton was
invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.).1 He was invested as
a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.).
He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Indian Empire (K.C.I.E.).