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John, who has provided AOY with much war memorabilia has roped in one of his neighbours (in Bulgaria) to contribute to Munguin’s Republic (thanks, Steve), has sent me this photograph and a wee story to go with it:

“I have read the article which includes the mention of the above photo – it is an account of the Allied assault crossing of the River Elbe, which began 29th April 1945 – 6 days before the end of the war, in which claims are made that this particularΒ battle marked the end of one war and set the scene for the start of the war that followed – The Cold War. The story ends with the following :-

“So finally, our story ends with Operation Comma when the 15th Scottish Division had the unenviable task of handing over an area of Germany from the Elbe to Lubek to the Soviets under the terms of the Yalta Agreement. Three sullen, shabby Russian Divisions arrived and the Jocks handed over large swathes of the country for which they fought so hard at the Elbe crossing.

Neither the Jocks nor the population received any more than a few hours warning. In the words of Divisional history – the exhausted refugees, the slave workers, the surviving population and the British soldiers behaved with exemplary obedience and stoicism. Thus these were the men (referring to the men in the photograph) who were part of a logistical miracle and were present to witness an event at the cusp of history. They were there at the end of one era and at the very start of another. Such then are the real logistical challenges of a major battle upon which history can so easily turn. The Elbe Crossing by the 15th Scottish Division exemplifies the triumph of a well-oiled machine at its very best, efficient, organised and inspired.”

Left to right in the picture are:
Drum Major Groves
Pipe Major Massie (my grandad)
Major General ‘Tiny’ Barber
Lt General Polyanoff
Brigadier Cumming-Bruce

Pipe Major Mackay
Major General Lashenko
Pipe Major Turnbull

Major General ‘Tiny’ Barber was at 6’9″ reportedly the tallest man in the army at the time.

ss dave


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Thanks to Dave, John and Steve.

Oh, and thanks to Frank for this. He was wondering if you could decide who within (or outside) the WM cabinet these items might have been named for.

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58 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. A lot of stuff hasn’t loaded Tris. However, I do recognise the Dolly pub at the end of Brechin High St.

    McCowan’s Hielan toffee, you used to get a penny chew or a thrup’ny bar.

    Manfred Mann.

    Awful comedian Jimmy Tarbuck. Forgiven for bringing his daughter into the world.

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    1. You can negotiate your way around Scotland, armed only with photos of pub exteriors kibbles interiors too

      Happy Crimes and Guinea Niew Year

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      1. Dave, I seem to remember McCowan’s also making Liquorice, Spearmint and Banana flavour toffee bars, the latter two having a thin pale green and yellow layer respectively sandwiched between two layers of their Highland toffee. Mind you, my memory’s not what it used to be – like the rest of me.

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  2. I sailed with a lad from Stenhousemuir. He told me that on Fridays after school, the children would walk past the toffee factory and the girls would pass bags of broken toffee to them out the windows.
    It explains why he had no teeth.

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    1. LOL.

      If it was like Keillers in Dundee, they would be allowed to eat as much as they wanted inside the factory but absolutely forbidden to take it outside. So they were taking a bit of a risk!


      1. That reminds me of the sweet odour that was in the air near Albert Square or past their other factory at Mains Loan where they made biscuits.

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  3. I can see most of the pics now. The first is of a Bristol “Teardrop” Special, 1950s. I love the beautifully streamlined coachwork. I wonder if it was based on pre-War BMW designs. Pic 3, a wonderful Alfa Romeo Tipo B 1932.
    And pictures of Tony Hancock, Jimmy Tarbuck, Dad’s Army, the cast of “It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum” – the cream of English humour 😦 Oh, but how could you have missed out Morecambe & Wise, Ted Ray, Arthur Askey, Ken Dodd? – I know, you were being kind to us.
    In the interests of pedantry, I feel constrained to observe that photograph number five does not in fact portray a bush despite being boldly blazoned with that epithet: it is, in fact, a machine normally referred to as a record-player on which one can play sound recordings. These are usually recordings of music but I daresay that those so inclined could probably obtain spoken-word recordings such as those of the droll witticisms of Messrs. Hancock, Tarbuck,

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  4. It is probably a Morgan.

    It is a beautiful rendition of a car. And, if you have to have a car this would be the one to have. 1920′ styling with, ahem, 1990’s protection. Let’s make it electric!

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    1. PS: Caution is advised about that “Maple Syrup Sauce.” In America many things in the grocery stores are “called” maple syrup that are not in fact pure New England maple syrup from Vermont (or New Hampshire.) (Grocery store brands are often a commercially processed product adulterated with corn (maize) syrup and sometimes called “pancake’ or “waffle” syrup.) BTW, Quebec produces 70% of the world’s maple syrup, if for some unexplained reason you don’t want fine Vermont maple syrup made in the snows of New England. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Our household is very lucky, a friend in New Hampshire sends us a Quart of Vermont Maple Syrup occasionally.
        All we seem to able to get here is Canadian, sorry but it’s thin and doesn’t have that full roundness of flavour

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  5. The first car’s coachbuilt – it very much resembles certain Type 57 Bugattis in body style – so I’m going to suspect Bristol of involvement. Deliciously scabby P3 Alfa a bit further on, and a Model T behind the decorators.

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        1. Tris……The entire sequence is not shown. Apparently the guys did something to enrage the bald guy, so he dismantled their car as they destroyed his house.

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