KAR Life and Times Video

This is the story of some of the events and times seen through the eyes of British officers who were seconded from their regiments, out to East Africa, to serve with the various battalions.

The story contains vivid ‘up country’ scenes of Exercises and Recruitment Safaris—life in the Battalions—The Mau Mau Emergency—scenes from the performances given by a contingent at the Royal Tournament in London, and unique film of HM The Queen in Uganda, shortly after her accession to the throne in 1954, presenting New Colours to the 4th Battalion. The settings are enveloped in the evocative chanting of the askari and include several parades with the nostalgic sound of Regimental Bands playing traditional African and Regimental Marches.

There are accounts of life during the period leading up to Independence by Major General Miles Fitzalan Howard, (later The Duke of Norfolk), who was Commander 70 Brigade KAR in 1961 to 63, and a personal view of the KAR and its role in the Burma campaign by Colonel The Viscount Slim, President of the Burma Star Association. Brigadier John Hemsley who served as a young officer with the 3rd Battalion and the Historian Sir John Keegan speaks about the KAR’s role in the two World Wars.  The film features an introduction by Brigadier Michael Biggs, President of the association of 25 years standing, and who served with the KAR for ten years. 


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KAR Dinner speech video 1 from KAR on Vimeo.


Sequences from the speech by the President and Address by General Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE, at the Annual Dinner, held at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, London on 14 June 2013, including members’ rendering of Tifunga Safari .

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This feature within the Association website has been made possible through the generosity of The Scott (Eredine) Charitable Trust.


1 KAR Leave For Malaya.