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Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.-- Ernest Miller Hemmingway
Aldershot Command on 3 September 1939
Aldershot Command: HQ Aldershot
From River Luddon where crossed by the Southern Railway at Luddon Bridge (south-east of Reading) along the railway through Wokingham, Brackwall and Ascot to Sunningdale thence the eastern boundaries of the parishes of Chotham and Horsell to the railway at Woking thence southward along the railway (omitting the portions of the parishes of Guildford and Artington to the west of the railway and the three small portions of Sussex lying to the north of the railway) to Liss thence northward along the road leading to Reading, through Selbourne, Alton, and Odiham (but inclusive of the portions of the parishes of Alton and Chawton lying west of that road) to Swallowfield thence along the River Luddon to Luddon Bridge.
Field Troops (Regular) 1st Anti-Aircraft Brigade: HQ Blackdown 6th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA: Blackdown 3rd, 12th, 15th Anti-Aircraft Batteries, RA 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, RA: Blackdown 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, RE: Blackdown A, B Anti-Aircraft Companies, RE 1st, 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade Signals, RCS: Blackdown 1st Army Tank Brigade: HQ Aldershot 4th Royal Tank Regiment: Farnborough 7th Royal Tank Regiment: Catterick Camp - Located in Northern Command 8th Royal Tank Regiment: Perham Down - Located in Southern Command 1st Infantry Division: HQ Aldershot 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own): Shorncliffe 2nd Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment M-G: Bordon 2nd Field Regiment, RA: Bordon (Note: Reorganized late Sept. 1939 with two btys) 35th, 42nd, 53rd, 87th Field Batteries, RA 19th Field Regiment, RA: Bordon 29th/97th, 39th/96th Field Batteries, RA 24th Field Regiment, RA: Aldershot 22nd/56th, 50th/70th Field Batteries 21st Anti-Tank Regiment, RA: Aldershot 'Q', 'Y', 'Z', 'BB' Anti-Tank Batteries, RA 17th, 23rd, 26th Field Companies, RE: Aldershot 6th Field Park Company, RE: Aldershot 1st Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot 1st Infantry Brigade (Guards): HQ Aldershot 3rd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards: Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards: Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment: Aldershot 1st Infantry Brigade (Guards) Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot 2nd Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot 1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire): Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's): Aldershot 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders: Aldershot 2nd Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot 3rd Infantry Brigade: HQ Bordon 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding): Bordon 2nd Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment): Bordon 1st Battalion, The King's Shropshire Regiment: Bordon 3rd Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Bordon 2nd Infantry Division: HQ Aldershot 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards: Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment M-G: Aldershot 10th Field Regiment, RA: Deepcut 30th/46th, 51st/54th Field Batteries, RA 16th Field Regiment, RA: Ewshott 27th/72nd, 34th/86th Field Batteries, RA 18th Field Regiment, RA: Deepcut 59th/93rd, 94th/95th Field Batteries, RA 13th Anti-Tank Regiment, RA: Aldershot 2nd, 8th, 44th, 82nd Anti-Tank Batteries, RA 5th, 11th, 38th Field Companies, RE: Aldershot 21st Field Park Company, RE: Aldershot 2nd Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot 4th Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment): Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment: Oxney 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment: Aldershot 4th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot 5th Infantry Brigade: HQ Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment: Aldershot 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment: Aldershot 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders: Aldershot 5th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Aldershot 6th Infantry Brigade: HQ Blackdown 1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers: Blackdown 1st Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's): Blackdown 2nd Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry: Woking 6th Infantry Brigade Anti-Tank Company: Blackdown Other Regular Troops in the Command Regular Troops in the Command 1st King's Dragoon Guards: Aldershot (Attached to 1st Light Armoured Brigade) 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's): Aldershot 2nd Royal Tank Regiment: Farnborough (Attached to 1st Heavy Armoured Brigade) The Mechanized Experimental Establishment: Farnborough 2nd Medium Regiment, RA: Longmoor 4th/7th, 8th/12th Medium Batteries, RA 1st Field Squadron, RE: Aldershot 8th, 10th Railway Companies, RE: Longmoor RHQ and Motor Transport Depot, RE: Aldershot The Railway Training Centre, RE: Longmoor 'A' Corps Signals, RCS: Aldershot No. 2 Company, GHQ Signals, RCS: Aldershot No. 1 Signal Troop, 1st Armoured Divisional Signals, RCS: Aldershot Nos. 1, 3, 6, 11 Artillery Signal Sections, RCS: Aldershot 4th Tank Signal Section, RCS: Aldershot Aldershot Command Signals, RCS: Aldershot Militia in the Command 5th, 6th Anti-Aircraft Depots, RA: Arborfield
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1970: South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu delivers a speech on the state of the nation before a joint session of the South Vietnamese National Assembly, asserting that 99.1 percent of the country had been "pacified."
1971: Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW's.