Religion: Padre's Hour

All British Army units in the United Kingdom now have an obligatory, weekly religious instruction period. Called the Padre's Hour, it was planned by Army chaplains at the behest of handsome, youngish Major General Frederick Arthur Montague ("Boy") Browning, commander of Britain's airborne troops, husband of Novelist Daphne du Maurier.

The Padre's Hour sometimes includes a whole company, but the ideal is the informal (they can smoke if they want), clublike meeting of a platoon, 20-25 men. Chaplains usually start with a 15-minute address on any topic they wish, then hold a...

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