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Two officers of the 2nd Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment practice sword drill using bananas - the only suitable substitute to be found at Long Kesh Camp, Northern Ireland...
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VictoriaCinderton Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
How cute! :heart: they look like they're enjoying themselves too, but how are you supposed to substitute a...(lemme scroll up...) ah.... how are you supposed to substitue a sword with a banana is beyond me. What sword anyway? And who paid for those bananas? And did they get to eat them or were they forced to hand them back to their commander?
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arkady001 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
They didn't have swords, hence the use of bananas...and no we had to sign them back into the stores afterwards - there was close-order banana-drill scheduled for later in the day...
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VictoriaCinderton Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
...uhm...what's the point of doing sword-drill with bananas, when they don't have any swords? And what IS the point of sword drills in the age of rifles and guns anyway?
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arkady001 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
For ceremonial purposes, officers carry swords - we were just finishing a tour of Northern Ireland and about to do 3 months of Public Duties in London - Palace Guard, Horse Guards, St James' Palace and The Tower Of London. The officers had to practice sword drill and since our swords were back in the UK being refurbished in time for the Summer, these two oafs were parcticing with bananas for a joke - I spotted them and took a photo.
This was some time ago and both are now Captains and were both highly decorated after the War in Iraq. Mark Nooney, on the right of the picture received the Queen's Gallantry Award as well as the Military Cross for actions in al-Amarah.
and a rifle is useful only as long as you have ammunition for it...that's why we still carry bayonets...and use them...
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VictoriaCinderton Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Good on them! I still think it would've been better to let them keep those bananas... Y'know. Extra nutrition for the Brittish army...
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arkady001 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
We still suffer from Ricketts you know...it's very sad...
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sgthotlips Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
I just think of the Monty Python sketch where John Clease does a class on being attacked by an attacker with a piece of fruit:

"You must DISARM the attacker and HOW do you do that....like so *peels banana and eats it* therefore disarming the attacker!"
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arkady001 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
No... it was the other bit where he demands one of the class attack him with another banana - as he does so Cleese whips out a Webley service revolver and shoots him dead...
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BantaInc Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Exactly!!!

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sgthotlips Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Well it's been a while since I've seen it soo....*shrugs*
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Wodanislav Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Photographer
How very Irish ...
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