Army chiefs are left red-faced over spelling blunder on sign at HQ

Get back to ‘infantary’ school! Army chiefs are left red-faced over spelling blunder on sign at soldiers’ HQ

  • Sign was unveiled after soldiers moved into the Redford Barracks, Edinburgh
  • But then a commander realised that ‘Infantry’ had been spelled ‘Infantary’ 
  • It was quickly taken down – but not before pictures of error were shared online

Red-faced Army chiefs hurriedly removed a new sign outside a barracks after a glaring spelling mistake was spotted.

The sign was unveiled after soldiers from 51st Infantry Brigade moved into their new HQ at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh.

But then a commander realised that ‘Infantry’ had been spelled ‘Infantary’. 

The sign was quickly taken down – but not before pictures of the error had been shared and mocked on social media.

Red-faced Army chiefs hurriedly removed a new sign outside a barracks after a glaring spelling mistake was spotted (stock image)

Other Army units traditionally but unfairly claim that the infantry are not the military’s brightest stars.

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment but one serving infantryman said: ‘We get a hard enough time as it is, without doing stupid things like this.

‘It is not like infantry is a particularly difficult word to spell – even I can manage it. Now it feels like the rest of the Army are laughing at us.’

According to the MOD’s website, 51st Infantry Brigade is an ‘Adaptive Force Brigade’ responsible for operational command of regular and reserve units from Scotland and elsewhere.

The sign was unveiled after soldiers (stock image) from 51st Infantry Brigade moved into their new HQ at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

This includes preparing units for operations, providing regional support for resilience and community engagement and defence operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Troops from 51st Infantry Brigade take part in multinational exercises with partnered countries and exchange programmes.

Recent missions have include Operation Toral, force protection of NATO training in Afghanistan; Operation Shader, the UK mission against Islamic State in the Middle East; and Covid testing and vaccination programmes in the UK.

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