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butlersrangers
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Those Zany Norwegians

Post by butlersrangers » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:50 am

The Norwegian Guard Regiment frequently attends and participates in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Years ago, they adopted a King Penguin from the Edinburgh Zoo as the Regimental Mascot.

The tradition continues and the Regiment is on their third Scottish Penguin Mascot.
At each annual Tattoo, the Mascot has received promotion. Originally starting at Lance Corporal, the current Nils Olav III is a Knighted General!

(Norwegian Guards appear to have M1 Garands in the photo. A pity they no longer have Krags).
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Re: Those Zany Norwegians

Post by Knute1 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:48 am

Be careful when dealing with Norwegians. You won't know those of Viking Berserker lineage among them.
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Post by butlersrangers » Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:17 pm

The Edinburgh Zoo (Scotland) opened in 1913-14. A Norwegian Shipping Company gifted some penguins to the new zoo.
This was the beginning Edinburgh's famous penguin display.

The Norwegian Army has long sent members of the King's Guard Regiment to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the soldiers would visit the zoo.

In 1972, a Norwegian Lieutenant got the 'ball rolling' on the regimental mascot thing. (Olav "V" was King of Norway at the time).

If the "Norwegian Guards" had Krag-Jorgensen rifles, the magazine-gate would be a convenient place to store some kippered-herring snacks for Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III. :lol:

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Re: Those Zany Norwegians

Post by King carp » Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:36 pm

Are those M1 Garands in the photo? If so they have to be some of the longest serving ones in a standing army.

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Post by butlersrangers » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:44 pm

The rifles are U.S. Garands and since the average age for a Norwegian Guardsman is 19 years, the irony with the age of their rifles is amazing.
The Band and 'Drill Team' are 'Company 3' of the HMKG (His Majesty the King's Guard) Regiment.
They still use the Garand.
I guess it helps to have some heft and toughness in 'Drill Rifles', if you're spinning and throwing them in the air.

It looks like change does come to the palace in Oslo, (Krags, M-1s, to H&K G3). Now, I think they have a Colt of Canada C-7 (AR) variation, for regular duty.

BTW - The head-gear was inspired by the hats of the Italian Bersaglieri, that Queen Louise thought looked pretty dashing back in 1860.
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