As any old soldier will tell you, the ties of tradition and comradeship will always bind you to your regimental band of brothers. Even now, when my husband needs a little extra courage, he will put on the green, red and brown stripes of his old regimental tie. I love the story of how, before his regiment's major battle at Cambrai in 1917, some regimental colours needed to be found. The best that the local draper's shop could provide was some green, red and brown cloth and so the colours were made and the regimental slogan born - "Through the mud and the blood to the green fields beyond".
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