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Lt Col Peter Walter, highly decorated soldier with the SAS, nicknamed ‘the Rat’ for his grit and resourcefulness – obituary

A group of SAS men in the Malayan jungle in 1952 or 1953. Peter Walter is second from the right with an M1 Carbine over his shoulder (on a homemade sling made from some paracord). He has his 44 Pattern aluminum mug in his right hand
A group of SAS men in the Malayan jungle in 1952 or 1953. Peter Walter is second from the right with an M1 Carbine over his shoulder (on a homemade sling made from some paracord). He has his '44 Pattern aluminium mug in his right hand

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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