Lieutenant Colonel Peter Walter, who has died aged 91, was a tough, no-nonsense professional soldier who won MCs in the jungles of Malaya and in the mountains of South Arabia, and who inspired generations of young British soldiers with his dedication to practical hard training for war.
His attitude to rules and regulations was that they were there for guidance only. His maxim was “Any bloody fool can run and everybody can run like rabbits when under fire. It is whether a soldier can march long distances, carrying all his kit, across all terrains, in all weathers … and still be fit to fight. That is the mark of a good soldier.”
One of four siblings, Peter Frederick Walter was born on January 26...
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