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Musing of a Tank Commander
By Stuart Crawford


Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Crawford (Retd). Founder (1999) and Proprietor, Stuart Crawford Associates, Edinburgh; Co-Author, “A' the Blue Bonnets: Defending an Independent Scotland” (RUSI, October 2012). Formerly: Regular Army officer, Lieutenant-Colonel, 4th Royal Tank Regiment (1980-99); As you may know the Regiment was amalgamated in 1993 and disappeared off the order of battle. Graduate, British Army Staff College, Camberley (1986), and US Army Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (1993) Instructor, British Army Staff College, Camberley (1993-95); Defence Research Fellow, Glasgow University (1995-96).  For more information visit the Scottish Affairs Committee web site. He also published a paper on Resilience and National Security. Also participated in the debate on The future of Scotland: international implications and comparisons.

You can contact Stuart by email at: swc @ swcrawford.co.uk

See other of Stuart's articles on defence matters

Electric Scotland Note: I have included a number of YouTube videos on the Tank regiments which I selected myself.

We're 'The Fourth' The Fourth Royal Tank Regiment

Part 1
Musings of a real tank commander

An Introduction to the Royal Armoured Corps - Intake 87

Part 2
Sandhurst beckons

Royal Armoured Corps Training at Catterick (Intake 91/03) - Part 1

Part 3
Becoming my troop’s muppet

Royal Armoured Corps Training at Catterick (Intake 91/03) - Part 2

Part 4
Work, idleness and hedonistic madness

The Royal Tank Regiment

Part 5
One flew over the Officers' Mess

Part 6
Some Regimental History

Part 7
Ripping it up in a Chieftain

Part 8
Drinking on the job and getting singed

Part 9
Mojos, Crab Air and Cordite

Part 10
Hairy moments, wild mustangs and Medicine Hat

Part 11
Jollies and Adventure training

Part 12
Parading, partying and some training

Part 13
Adventuring in Swat with the 13th Lancers

Part 14
Overrun by Yanks but saved by very cheap Gin

Part 15
Fergie’s Dad, Thrusters and Owl Pie

Part 16
My thatched cottage, Steam Beer & TE Lawrence's Grave

Part 17
Dicking about in Dhekelia with mezes & brandy sours

Part 18
Defending the Green line from Turks, Greeks and our own rascals


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