Sunday, 10 February 2013

Shingle Street Nick

Spurred on by something a little different, here are the Boys in Blue from 'Shingle Street Nick', led by the ubiquitous Sergeant Kipling (DCM*), a WW1 veteran of some reknown.

Although Shingle Street in Suffolk is well known for mysterious goings on in 1940's Britain, it has become the backdrop for a fictitous Bolt Action mini-campaign which will see all sorts of wierd and wonderful units take on the might of the Wehrmacht in the fields of Britain's home counties following a full scale german invasion of England.

Next up, the Gentry, the landowners shooting club and their hounds!

*Distinguished Conduct Meadal
(Level 2 Gallantry Award)
Instituted on 4th December 1854.
The D.C.M. was the first official medal award to recognise an act of gallantry in the field by a member of the armed forces who was below the rank of officer. It was the other ranks' equivalent of the Distinguished Service Order.

The D.C.M. was awarded for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. Other ranks in the British Army and also non-commissioned ranks in Commonwealth Forces were eligible for this award.
The reverse of the medal bears the inscription “For Distinguished Conduct in the Field”. A bar carrying the date of a subsequent deed could be added to the ribbon until 1916 when the bar was changed to a laurel wreath. A recipient of the award is entitled to used the letters D.C.M. after their name.

The D.C.M. was discontinued as an award by the British Armed Forces in 1993, when the three awards of the D.S.O, the D.C.M. and the C.G.M. were replaced by the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross is now the second level gallantry award for all ranks of the British Armed Forces.

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