Sunday, January 28, 2007
The quiet courage of Private Tench, the 130th British soldier to die in Iraq
When you send the boys into battle,
Send them if you must.
But before you make them go there,
Make sure the reasons are just.
If you think there are reasons for going,
And the reasons are worth all the strife,
If you think you can pay for the losses,
Think – it’s not you who will pay with your life.
Think of the wives who become widows.
Think of the Mums who loose sons.
Think of the fatherless children,
Who are left to be raised by their mums.
It’s not you who will sit in you kitchen,
Feeling the loss on your own.
Struggling to think of an answer to,
“Mum, when is Dad coming home”.
It’s not you who will say to your princess,
After the planes taxis in,
‘Your daddy won’t walk off to meet you,
He’s lying inside a coffin’.
Think when you have your state dinner,
Talking of war, sipping wine.
Neither you nor the other state leaders,
Are sat in the firing line.
If the cause is a just one we’ll back you.
With great pride for our country we’ll fight.
But make sure you know what you’re doing,
And think ‘Is it right? Is it right?’
SSR rover group-Telic 7
Afghan leaders steal half of all aid!
Read this More good news coming out of Afghanistan!-This is Taxpayers money that Tony Blair is wasting and giving away without our consent!
Iran begins big nuclear build-up!
Read this Best dig out my grandad's old tin helmet and refurbish the "Anderson" shelter at the bottom of the garden!-How cold is nuclear winter?
US sends in its Taliban tamers!
Read this Typical that the US immediately get the equipment and resources that British Army commanders have been screaming for over the last six months!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Been skiing in the French Alps-Aint life a bitch!-Back to blogging properly tommorow after I can walk again!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A short break!
Many thanks to Theo Spark for the new look.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Army let my house rot, says Iraq war hero!
Read this It goes from bad to worse!
UK terror threat of 100 British Muslims fighting in Iraq war!
Read this If these Scumbag "Traitors" are caught commiting terrorists acts in Iraq or Britain then they should be tried for treason and hung!
The spoils of war
Read thisFinally the truth is out-In black and white the real reason for the Iraq war!-Not WMDs,not overthrowing a dictator and bringing democracy to the downtrodden but OIL and money pure and simple!-We knew it all along but George Bush and Tony Blair had to lie to cover the real reason for going into Iraq,the same reason I might add,for the conflict in Afghanistan,which also has large reserves of gas as well as oil!-It's obscene that so many innocent people have died,and are continuing to die,so that the US can STEAL both countries oil and gas reserves,because STEALING is what it is!-The United State's cut is 75% of the profits,that's theft in anyone's books!-And how much of the "Goodies" is Britain going to get,sweet Bugger all by all accounts!
Read also-Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity
Also-The oil rush
Also-Oil,The fast-vanishing drug the world can't yet live without
Also-Iraq poised to end drought for thirsting oil giants
Soldiers to Guard UK Nuclear Power Stations!
Read thisI'm sure our troops will be falling over themselves to volunteer to "Glow" in the dark!?
Armed forces face Brown's fury!
"The reason that leaks are appearing is because of the build-up of frustration and anger in the Armed Forces about the way in which Labour are increasingly willing to commit our forces to combat without giving the support they require!"
"These are men and women who are prepared to pay the ultimate price for this country's security but who have been betrayed by a Government which is possibly the most self-serving and party political in our history!"
The man's not fit to be Prime Minister,I'm dreading the day he gets in!-When Blair goes there should be a general election so the country can kick this contemptable Labour government out of office!
Read also-The big guns are ordered to hold fire
Also-Colonel sacked for rebuke over visits to injured
Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran!
Read this Has Israel lost its mind?-Nuke Iran?-That'll go down well with all the other Arab countries!-The whole Middle East would erupt and we'd all be sucked into a bloodbath!-I bet that imbecile in the Whitehouse has a hand in this,it's just the sort of inane Bollocks that George Bush would dream up!-Not a good idea,let's hope that it's just a threat and they're really not that stupid or naive in Tel Aviv or we're all in trouble!
One last push and that’s you finished in Iraq, Mr President!
Read this A senseless waste of life!-Our continued presence in Iraq will solve nothing,the situation there has deteriorated to a point of civil war,which neither the Whitehouse or number ten is denying,so why keep our troops there to be maimed and killed for a forlorn hope?-The obvious reason why British servicemen are still dieing in Iraq is because for Tony Blair to bring them home now he would have to admit he was wrong and his whole Iraq involvement a mistake and his arrogance and vainness will not allow him to admit that,so our servicemen will continual to suffer and be sacrificed on the altar of Tony Blair's ego!-He took Britain into an illegal war in Iraq by lying,we shouldn't be there it's not our business,our troops are dieing for nothing and because Tony Blair is a COWARD and a TRAITOR to this country they'll continual to die!
British struggle to hold Taliban!
Read this A different story than the MoD are saying,what else is being kept from us?
MoD spends £2.3bn on Whitehall offices!
Read this Has the world gone stark raving mad?-The British Army is horrendously over-streached and desperately short of equipment whilst trying to fight a war on two fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan,the Royal Air Force needs more transport aircraft and helicopters to cope with its increased workload and the Royal Navy is losing warships due to cutbacks at a faster rate than Hitler's U-Boats ever managed,yet with the government falling over itself to save money and penny pinch with the armed forces funding the MoD spend 2.3 BILLION pounds on a facelift?-How can they possibly justify this?-This is obscene!-British Soldiers have been killed because they lack the right vehicles and equipment to protect them on operations,service families are forced to live in squalor in accommodation the government wouldn't put an asylum seeker in yet the MoD wastes BILLIONS of taxpayers money on Oak doors,marble floors a gym and 3100 £1000 chairs!(You can buy an office chair in "Argos" for under £40,who in their right mind would spend a grand on one?)-I hope they saved some of the marble from their shiney new floors because it's needed for the headstones of our soldiers graves!-This is an utter disgrace,who ever authorized this disgusting waste of money should be sacked!-How must our servicemen feel when they find out about this appalling misuse of their funding?-This is just another example of the cynical betrayal of our armed forces by an ungrateful and unworthy government!-The sooner those charlatans in office are forced out the better!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Britain 'out of step with Nato allies'!
Read this We're going to have to talk to the Taleban eventually before peace is restored in Afghanistan,call me old fashioned but surely it's better to do it sooner than later!It's a better solution than bombing the living crap out of anyone with a beard and a "suspect" goat which is what the US wants to do!-Negotiation,compromise and paying a "Tribute" to the local "Warlord" is the Afghan way of life,don't those war-mongering Neanderthal in Washington know that?-You would have hoped that at least one of George Bush's military advisers has even bothered to read up on Afghanistan's history and culture?-Obviously not!
3 Royal Anglian Iraq
Promotion freezes as cuts bite in Navy!
Read this This is outrageous!-What idiot thought this one up?At this rate,thanks to this Labour government's penny pinching and mismanagement we won't have a navy left soon!-How they can expect any new potential recruits to want to join after this latest example of incompetence and betrayal is beyond belief!The quotes below say it all:
"People who have worked extremely hard and given their careers to the Navy, have bled for the Navy are now being rewarded like this!"
"It is also a real kick in the teeth for those commanders who will now probably never have the chance to captain a ship."
The government has stabbed our sailors in the back,they deserve so much more than this "Shabby" treatment by politicians who aren't fit enough to lick their japes!
Read also-Fears over £3.6bn plan for new carriers
Also-Sinking morale: the view below decks
Tory insurance for soldiers vow!
Read this This gets my vote-Bravo Liam Fox!
Dutch aim to beat Taleban by inviting them round to tea!
Read this Not wishing to take anything away from the Dutch's fine effort,but before they start bringing out the victory parade and marching band remember that the Dutch are in a relatively quite area completely different to the bitterly contested Helmand Province where the only "PG tips" being served on a daily basis is "RPG tips!"!
Army raises joining age to ease recruitment shortfall!
Read this About time too!-The first sensible thing the MoD's done in a long time and long overdue!
Read also-Infantry crisis as troops quit
Friday, January 05, 2007
Marines in daily fight with Taliban to restore once thriving town!
Read this Why we still have the best armed forces in the world!
"The way the men conducted themselves throughout the fighting was a testament to the rigorous training they undergo to become a Royal Marine Commando,but I was particularly impressed by the control they displayed. They were able to immediately switch from aggressive actions to winning the Hearts and Minds of locals,which is essential to what we are trying to achieve."
For the first time, a real blueprint for peace in Iraq!
Read this Good point,well brought out!
Navy may lose half of its fleet in savings proposal!
Read this Here's an idea-Sack John Presscott,his salary alone could send at least one warship to sea!
Read also-From Royal Navy to coastal defence force
Also-How Britannia was allowed to rule the waves
Growing army of soldiers' wives go to war over their squalid homes!
Read this As more stories of the appalling conditions our servicemen and their families come out it appears that the situation is worse than anyone thought!-The government must make it a priority to address these issues and give our servicemen the decent accommodation they so rightly deserve!
Read also-MOD responds to media coverage of 'poor' Service Personnel accomodation
Also-Backlash grows over troops' squalid living conditions
Boat Troop, 29 AES , OP Telic 8
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Muslims 'refuse anti-MRSA gel'!
Read this If they refuse to use the gel they shouldn't be allowed on the wards then!-If they don't like it Tough Titty,get a life!-I do hope the underfunded NHS doesn't give in to Political Correctness and waste desperately needed money buying a non-alcoholic substitute just to pamper to these idiots needs!-MRSA is a killer and the gel is a sensible precaution to help combat it,if a Muslim feels that washing their hands with it somehow offends their religion and refuses to use it,putting patients lives at risk from infection in the process,then it's a stupid medieval,religion and has no place in modern society and particulary Britain!
'Tony Blair is a liar', says dead soldier's fiancee!
Read this The true result of Tony Blaire's war in Iraq,another family devastated by the loss of a loved one and a fiance without her husband!-Words cannot express the grief Rebbeca Barnes is feeling now,and I feel admiration and respect at her breaking ranks and speaking out against Tony Blair whilst still a serving soldier.Let's hope the MoD realizes she is obviously in grief and doesn't penalize this brave girl for her comments on return to her unit.If they do they'll be below contempt and I for one will go out of my way to support Rebbeca Barnes through this blog!
Hat tip-Rogue Gunner
Official: NATO killed too many civilians in Afghanistan in '06!
Read this No shit Sherlock!-If there were enough boots on the ground to do the job properly then our troops wouldn't be so reliant on air strikes,which are the main civilian killer!-Another example of government cutbacks and mismanagement that results in innocent loss of life!
Another British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan!
Read this More blood on Blair's hands!
You, with your neat picket fence and freshly mown lawn.
Where only the occasional daisy pokes through.
Sedately content you survey your domain.
While I, ignored by the passing thrall, I sit on this dusty plain
My withered limbs say it all, too sick to move I await Kismet.
As far as the eye can see, caught in the dying sun’s rays
The glint and glitter of the death that surrounds me
Thousands of miles away you decide my fate.
‘Tis not gold that’s a lying, but the brass casing’s
Left in pitiful piles from the lead that’s been flying
Too scared to close my eyes should I not wake.
The sky fills with death while the ground trembles
No trace they’ll find of my insignificant bones
Ramadan’s done, ‘Tis the time of Christ.
All this while you reach for your morning coffee.
As I lay dying on the road to Kandahar
British Army Op Telic 7
Wrath of the Beefeaters after a woman is appointed to their ranks!
Read this What a load of Political Correct influenced,left wing Bollocks!-What's she going to be called a "Beefette"?-Five hundred years of history and traditions sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and "Human rights"!-Is nothing sacred to these "PC Nazis",what's next,appoint a gay Archbishop of Canterbury or perhaps an asylum seeker as the foreign secretary!
UK forces thrashed in Afghan cricket clash!
Read this It didn't helped when the US Airforce bombed the pavilion!
£30 million in Operational Allowance paid to UK Forces!
Read this Some good news but it shouldn't have taken a national outcry in the media for our troops to recieve money they should have been getting anyway!
General goes into battle for better barracks!
Read this This is a national disgrace and needs to be addressed asap!
Iraq squaddies off the hook!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Cream of the crop-Potential Gurkhas do selection!
Read this We owe so much to these men whose unswerving loyalty and bravery in the service of this country cannot be measured!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Book review-Pegasus Bridge and The Pegasus Diaries
Read this Excellent book telling the true story of the first engagement of D-Day,the capture of "Pegasus" and "Horsa" Bridges,by D Company,2nd Battalion,Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.It takes you through the year long training leading up to the glider-borne assault on the two bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne that,if unsuccessful,could have resulted in Hitler's "Armoured reserve" smashing the right flank of the invasion force and possibly the failure of D-Day itself!-A true "Boy's own" adventure story made all the more remarkable by the fact that it all actually happened!-It's of special interest to me because it is also one of the proudest battle honours of my own regiment,The Royal Green Jackets,which the Ox and Bucks involved into.For even greater detail of the action read the actual diary of the commanding Officer of D Company,John Howard in The Pegasus Diaries,who gives an in depth account of the training and the battle,I couldn't put either book down!
2 Royal Green Jackets attached to with Artillery Telic 4
Service chiefs continue their barrage!
Read this How many more of our servicemen must die before Blair starts to listen?