• Short Summary

    Ten soldiers of the Green Howards, a British infantry regiment stationed at Iserlohn, West Germany, started a 10-day period of training with a unit of German Panzer Grenadiers at nearby Hemer, Mar. 20.

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    Ten soldiers of the Green Howards, a British infantry regiment stationed at Iserlohn, West Germany, started a 10-day period of training with a unit of German Panzer Grenadiers at nearby Hemer, Mar. 20.

    The ten Britons, including two non-commissioned officers, were led through the barrack gates of the German armoured infantry regiment by their own regimental band, to the tune of "Old Comrades". On parade with the German unit they were addressed by the commander of the 203rd Panzer Grenadiers, who said the Green Howards had been the first to make contact with the German Army during the last war. They were now the first to make a contact of a more peaceful kind. The welcoming ceremony ended with a salute to the Union Jack.

    During the day, Britons and Germans were soon on friendly terms, swapping caps and smoking each other's cigarettes. They sat side by side in the class-room and went through the same drill together.

    Only one of the ten British volunteers for this first experiment of its kind speaks German, but they have all had some private German drill lessons and their German NCO speaks some English. The joint training was the idea of a Captain of the Green Howards. It will be continued next month with a return visit by a detachment of Panzer Grenadiers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABX3ES7TPFQVBPPGJBQGIA2GLD
    Media URN:
    VLVABX3ES7TPFQVBPPGJBQGIA2GLD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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