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    Smile Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    Mr Cameron stepped slowly to the lectern, cool but chunky in noticeably dark suit and magenta tie.

    In the course of the next few minutes he not only gently removed the political initiative from Gordon Brown's stumpy-fingered grasp but also showed himself a supremo of tone and Steady-The-Buffs composure.
    QUENTIN LETTS: Cameron proved a supremo of tone and composure | Mail Online

    Hi!

    Steady-The-Buffs =?

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    Re: Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    The Buffs = Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    "Steady, the Buffs" - order given in battle to tell the men to keep calm and keep moving.

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    Smile Re: Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I don't find anything useful info about Buffs after I clicked the Wikipedia link about 'Buffs'. Am I too careless to miss something?


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    Re: Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    It is the nickname of the Royal East Kent Regiment, and derives from the brown coats that they originally wore as uniform.

    Here is the relevant information from Wikipedia:
    History

    The origins of the regiment lay in Thomas Morgan's Company of Foot, The London Trained Bands which was in existence from 1572 to 1648. In 1665 it was known as the 4th (The Holland Maritime) Regiment and by 1668 as the 4th (The Holland) Regiment. In 1688-1689 it was "4th The Lord High Admiral's Regiment" until 1751 it was named as other regiments after the Colonel Commanding being the 3rd (Howard's) Regiment of Foot from 1737-1743 at which point it became the 3rd Regiment of Foot, "Howard's Buffs".

    • 1751-1782 3rd (Kent) Regiment of Foot, "The Buffs"
    • 1782-1881 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot ("The Buffs")
    • 1881-1935 The Buffs, (East Kent Regiment)
    • 1935-1961 The Buffs, (Royal East Kent Regiment)


    [edit] Origin of "The Buffs"

    The 3rd Regiment received its nickname of "The Buffs" because it had been issued buff coats - armour made of soft leather - first when it served abroad in Holland and later when it was a Maritime Regiment of Foot. It was later given buff-coloured facings and waistcoats to distinguish itself from those of other regiments and had their leather equipment in buff rather than dyed the traditional white.
    It received the title of "The Old Buffs" during the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, when the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot marched past King George II and onto the battlefield with great spirit. Mistaking them for the 3rd due to their buff facings, the sovereign called out, "Bravo, Buffs! Bravo!". When one of his aides, an officer of the 3rd regiment, corrected His Majesty, he then cheered non-plussed, "Bravo, Young Buffs! Bravo!", thus granting the 31st the honour of being nicknamed the "Young Buffs". The 3rd Regiment then took to calling themselves the "Old Buffs" to keep themselves distinct from the 31st.

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    Re: Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    To simplify a bit: 'Steady, the Buffs' was an order famously given to that regiment. The general was telling the men to ignore the danger and to carry on calmly and steadily. In the article, David Cameron is being cast as the general.

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    Smile Re: Steady-The-Buffs (composure)?

    Anglika and BobK,

    Thank you for your help. The anecdote is cool.

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