Great picture of Sniper Corporal Pat McKinney, 31, from 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, discovers that his sniper suit is somewhat irresistible to the Regimental Mascot, Shetland Pony, Cruachan 4th. Pat and Cruachan were in Glasgow’s George Square as part of Scotland’s biggest recruitment event for the Army Reserve.


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In a sea of generic monochrome suiting on the red carpet, Malik stands alone. He was an early adopter of the bold bomber-jacket trend, wears camo with the casual ease of a Territorial Army foot solider and is possibly the only person on earth who can get away with a dark shirt under a dark suit at an awards show.

Mai Bhago, also known as Mata Bhag Kaur, was a Sikh woman who fought against the Mughal Empire in the early 18th century.

Mai Bhago was born in the village of Jhabal Kalan in the Punjab region of northern India, were in addition to being taught Sikh traditions she was trained by her father in horse riding and martial arts. She was a young woman during the period when oppression of Sikhs by the Mughal Empire was at its height. During 1704-05, the expansionist Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, invaded Sikh territory with an army of 16,000 troops and laid siege to the Sikh capital of Anandpur Sahib.

During the siege the Sikh leader, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, was abandoned by 40 of his elite warriors. Many of these men came from the region that Mai Bhago lived in and according to some accounts one of the deserters was her own husband. Outraged by this betrayal, Mai Bhago took her own horse, armour, and weapons and left home to track down the deserters. She went to their homes and persuaded their wives not to give their husbands shelter. Some of the women even armed themselves and joined Mai Bhago, pledging to fight for the Guru if their husbands would not. Shamed by this, the 40 deserters agreed to return to service with Mai Bhago.

During this time the Guru had escaped from the siege of Anandpur and was in retreat with his army. On 29th December 1705, Mai Bhago’s small force helped to cover the Guru’s retreat at the Battle of Muktsar. Knowing that the pursuing Mughals would need water she set up camp at the Khidrana reservoir, erecting numerous empty tents and clothes lines to make it appear as if a larger army was encamped there. When the Mughal army attacked the empty tents Mai Bhago’s force ambushed them and in spite of being heavily outnumbered managed to push the Mughals back after intense fighting. Although victorious, Mai Bhago was the only Sikh survivor of the battle.

After the battle Mai Bhago joined up with the Guru’s army and became his bodyguard. After the Guru’s death in 1708 she retired to Jinvara, where she lived to an old age. Today she is remembered as a Sikh heroine whose actions served to ensure the survival of her faith.


Members of the British Territorial Army 4th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, conduct an International Security Assistance Force patrols around Kabul, Oct. 24, 2008. ISAF is assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising authority and influence across the country, creating the conditions for stabilization and reconstruction.


Do you make a country and call it a map, or do you make a map and call it a country? We believe in maps, which are nothing but imaginary lines drawn on the earth. Millions of us are ready and willing to die for those lines. Eventually all of our maps will be forgotten, as all previous maps have been forgotten, and new ones will be drawn. And the millions who died defending the lines will also be forgotten, as it has always been, and always will be.
—  Michael Lipsey

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With his knife held in his mouth, a member of Britain’s No. 3 Commando cuts a striking image.

First organized in the summer of 1940, the commandos originally numbered some 3,000 men spread over ten Independent Companies, and raised from volunteers among the Territorial Army (Army Reserves).



Top: Senior Aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming, Royal Air Force Reserve, was declared the Cook-Off winner; Middle left: Royal Navy chef Able Seaman David Smith preparing his ingredients during the competition; right: Senior Aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming, Royal Air Force Reserve, preparing her meal during the competition; Bottom left: Phil Vickery and the chefs examine the contents of the 10-man ration pack before the Cook-Off and right: From left: Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Appleton, Staff Sergeant Bob Oberhoffer, Able Seaman David Smith, Senior Aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby [Pictures: Petty Officer (Photographer) Derek Wade, Crown copyright]

Yesterday, 3 chefs from the Royal Navy, the RAF and Army, the latter both Reserves, took part in a ‘Cook Off’ against celebrity chef Phil Vickery on ITV’s ‘This Morning’.

The contestants gathered outside the ITV studios on London’s South Bank with the standard theatre cooking equipment.

As the ‘Cook Off’ went live, presenter Stephen Mulhern listed the simple but varied items found in a 10-man operational ration pack, such as sausages in lard and egg substitute. As in field kitchens in Afghanistan, the packs were supplemented with extra ingredients like herbs and potatoes.

The contestants taking part all had previous cooking experience - reserve chefs Senior Aircraftwoman Shimul Haider-Heming runs her own cake company and Sergeant Bob Oberhoffer owns his own country restaurant, whilst Royal Navy regular Able Seaman David James Smith is a full-time chef.

After slaving over hot stoves for an hour the cooks served up and the judging was left to Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Appleton from the Food Services Wing of the Defence Logistics School.

Having tasted the 4 meals the ‘Armed Forces Cook off Winner’ trophy was awarded to Senior Aircraftwoman Shimul who had served up a delicious puff pastry parcel with Asian style beef filling served on a bed of Bombay potato.