I have to admit that this posting is quite a bit late. The Sword for the Colonel for his Semi-retirement had been bought several months ago. Sadly shipping an antique sword through several countries is a lot harder than one might think. Luckily it did recently arrive where it belongs. Yet I am somewhat disappointed in myself that I was not able to do this on the 11th of march as planned...so I would have an excuse to sue the following clip:
(not that I would let that stop me anyway).
The gift was organized by pretty much the whole staff (active and retired). I am sure that there are many more members on WAB who would also have contributed if asked, but we tried to keep the group manageable small, to prevent the Colonel from learning about this too early.