This time 80 years ago, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was in headlong retreat towards the French Channel ports, pursued by the onrushing German Army. Luckily, the bulk of that Force was evacuated from the beaches, but there is so much more to commemorate than the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ on this, the 80th anniversary of the Battle of France.
A team of Gurkha soldiers from Kent are running the distance of Land’s End to John o’ Groats to raise money for their local hospital trust.
A rescue mission to retrieve more than 100 British travellers stranded in remote parts of Nepal was carried out with military precision - when the British Gurkhas Nepal were called in.
Defence Medical Services, Lichfield Cathedral and Luxmuralis Artistic collaboration, Peter Walker and David Harper, have come together to pay tribute to the contribution of nurses in civic and military life.
Today is the 200 th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the pioneering nurse whose birthday is now celebrated annually as International Nurses Day. Although the fight against Coronavirus has limited this year’s activities, we and our partner organisations will still take time to remember Florence’s life and the vital role nurses play in keeping us safe in war and peace.
In the run up to VE-Day 75, soldiers from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, visited one of our own heroes of the Second World War, Corporal Ray Lord of the 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment.
Helping the Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust, Major Dave Richmond has been working to make Headley Court, the site of the former military rehabilitation centre in Epsom, Surrey fit for use by the local NHS trust.
The Army is now planning the phased re-start of training across its establishments. Essential training has continued in order to maintain critical operational outputs. Where this is necessary, such activity has been conducted in line with Government guidance as far as possible.
As of April 2020, the first ever Aviation Brigade in the British Army formed up, bringing with it a new structure, new doctrine and a brand-new way of fighting.
Monday, 4th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the surrender of all German forces in Northern Germany, Holland, and Denmark to Field Marshal Montgomery on Lüneberg Heath, Germany.
Major Duncan Fraser, is currently attached to the Army Medical Services as the Learning Development Advisor under Op Rescript. With a wealth of knowledge of effective training and education to guide him, his recent support has been both varied and demanding.
As the UK went into lockdown at the end of March, the few flights still operating through London airports were mostly bringing Brits home or taking foreign nationals back to their country. Across the world, coronavirus has seen those working abroad returning home as governments seek to protect their citizens from being stranded. However, for two French Army officers, things have been very different.
Upcoming events & displays
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is a popular London tourist attraction.
London and Windsor
19 December 2019
7 - 29 August 2020
8 November 2020
In this month’s issue:
- Team UK: Soldiers stand with NHS personnel in the fight against Covid-19
- Lockdown life: Coping strategies and fitness tips to get you through social distancing
- VE Day 75: How the moment of victory unfolded
- On pause: Army’s Olympic hopefuls keep up the tempo despite Games suspension
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It can be hard to keep pace with the amount of change going on and with everything the Army is doing around the world. ‘In Front’ together with the Army Core Script enables the Army to speak with a more unified voice and ensures that serving personnel and the wider Army community are informed of current activity and the latest developments.