Armistice day

  Davella 14:41 11 Nov 2010

I watched and stood for the 2 minutes silence on ITV.Going around the country they showed a group of soldiers ( Paras I think)at ease and talking amongs themselves. Obviously they'd got the timing wrong. It wasn't shown again on ITV. Any Army bods care to explain.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:28 11 Nov 2010

AFAIK it is not compulsory for anyone to follow thw 'Armistice Day Rule'. Some may wish to remember, others may wish not to and this is the freedom that was supposedly fought for and there is your explanation.


  Pine Man 15:48 11 Nov 2010

Spot on - Jon Snow recently made comment about the 'Poppy Police' and the last thing we need is criticism for not remaining silent.

  dagbladet 15:50 11 Nov 2010


You've already answered your own question. There were more than one obvious examples on the ITV coverage that suggested that around the country there were slight variances on when it was 11AM.

  morddwyd 16:09 11 Nov 2010

"group of soldiers ( Paras I think)at ease and talking amongs themselves."

They may well have been talking about absent friends.

All of those absent friends would have expected their mates to make the most of any rest period, unless actually on parade.

  dagbladet 16:14 11 Nov 2010

I think I know what Davella is getting at.

The soldiers were not sitting around the crew room on some kind of rest period, but were actually formed up. However, it was quite clear that whilst various other parts of the country had lasped into silence, Colchester (i think) was running either ahead or behind the timezone and the lads were having a bit of banter. Not the end of the world, they wouldn't have done it during the silence.

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