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Postby Fatatatutti » Thu May 23, 2013 10:20 am

1st Light Infantry Regiment

Although many illustrious regiments have names, the majority are designated only by number. The numbering system is neither consecutive nor chronological; rather it is an eclectic system resembling a hashing function.

Thus, the 1st Light Infantry Regiment was not the first light infantry regiment to be formed in Fatatatutti, though it was an early component of our modern army. Known as the 1st Infantry Regiment for the first half of its career, it was re-organized for air-mobility in the 1950s with standard 32-person platoons and re-designated the 1st Light Infantry Regiment. By that time, it had already acquired a reputation as one of the fastest-moving and farthest-ranging units in the walking infantry and had adopted the unofficial motto, "Faster, Farther."

One of the best-known exploits of the 1st LI was the attempted crossing of the island of Fatatatutti from north to south on foot, a distance of almost two thousand kilometers across difficult and largely unknown terrain. "B" Company of the regiment's 2nd Battalion was assigned to the task, whose motivation was both exploration and public relations. They were expected to be gone for up to six months but when they were overdue by a month, the famous headline went out around the world, "2B Or Not 2B?"

Finally, after nine months in the bush, living off the land, the members of "B" Company arrived at their first sign of civilization, a tiny viilage still a hundred kilometers from the coast. It is not fully understood how the news got out. Some say it was by jungle drums but it seems more likely to have been by aircraft. In any case, when the people of Fatatatutti learned that "B" Company was safe and fit, they were eager to welcome the explorers home. The Army command made a difficult decision to cut the mission short, since its aims had already been accomplished. Accordingly, the members of "B" Company were hauled out by truck and became instant celebrities.

The crossing has since been repeated by civilian teams. In the 1960s, a road was completed so that now motorists can follow almost the same route in relative comfort.

The regimental badge of the 1st LI is a large numeral "1" and crossed rifles with the words "Light Infantry" above and the words "Faster, Farther" below.

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Postby Fatatatutti » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:17 pm

Punjab Lancers

The Punjab Lancers was originally a cavalry regiment founded by Fatatatutians of Indian (primarily Sikh) descent. Converting to armoured vehicles in the 1940s, they have become one of the more colourful components of the Tank Corps. Due to a recent influx of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent there has been an increase in volunteers and there is talk of splitting into two Punjabi regiments.

The Lancers wear khaki turbans, which are quite effective as head protection inside a tank on rough terrain. The regimental badge consists of crossed lances with guidons over the side view of a tank with the word "Punjab" above and "Lancers" below.

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Postby Fatatatutti » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:58 am

42nd Infantry Regiment

The 42nd is a Light Infantry regiment, originating at the end of the 19th century and re-organized in the 1960s on the 8-man squad, 32-man platoon model for air-mobility. Known as the "Gallant Forty-Twa", it was one of the few regiments to escape the random renumbering system and retain its original designation. A Highland regiment, members of the 42nd wear a Glengarry cap instead of a beret. The regiment hosts the Bagpipe School and serves as a "feeder" of pipers to other Scottish Regiments.

The regimental badge consists of a large number "42" with crossed rifles and a small thistle at the center, with the word "Light" above and "infantry" below.

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Postby Fatatatutti » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:49 am

Rough Riders

The Rough Riders was originally a horse cavalry regiment recruited from cowboys in the cattle country of southwestern Fatatatutti. Its purpose was to patrol the rough savannah-like terrain of the southwest where vehicles were impractical. In the 1960s the regiment converted to helicopter transport and recently became a member of the Air Cavalry Brigade.

The regimental badge consists of a horseshoe with crossed sabers and the letters "RR". Some members wear a slouch hat instead of the traditional beret.

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