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and there I am, next to Buddy with the beer!

By Mike Cunningham On November 9th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

alltheguystogether

 

No, not him, the one next but seven across from him, and then two rows down! His buddy pulled the trigger!

A compilation of all those SEALS who now claim to have killed/slotted/injured/finished off/drowned/poisoned/silenced/admired/recruited or otherwise came into comparatively-close contact with the guy who actually hid for over five years in plain sight of the Pakistani military and ISI.

 

 

Four Hundred & Fifty-Three

By Mike Cunningham On October 26th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

To begin, allow me to pass some names before your minds. names of battle honours awarded to the famed and famousBritish Regimental names, illustrious for the places where British soldiers and sailors fought the enemies of the Crown, and; in most cases, prevailed. St Lucia 1778, Egmont-op-Zee, Copenhagen, Douro, Talavera, Albuhera Nivelle, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Kandahar 1880, Afghanistan 1879 -80,Egypt 1882 Tofrek, Suakin 1885, South Africa 1899-1902.

The names of Regiments famed for over six centuries, all of which began from the Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows, Crossbows and Handgonnes; latterly transformed into the Honourable Artillery company, the oldest regiment in continuous service in the British Army, reel off before your minds eye. The Coldstream Guards, the Irish Guards, the Scots & Welsh Guards; the list of Regimental names, and the Battle honours they fought, won and died for, dazzle the very eye which perceives them. Our history is military, our very Nation was formed in the blood spilled in the dark ages after the Romans left, their own Empire crumbling. We have seen a conqueror come in 1066, but none after that, although many tried.

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In the photo, the faded flags set high on the framed wall of the Durham Light Infantry chapel, set within the majestic stones of Durham Cathedral, are held with the mental concrete of martial memory. We revere our dead, we honour those who survived, and the colours reflect that honour.

Will there be honour; will there be flags; for Camp Bastion, for the wounded who survived the roadside bombs whilst being transported in unarmoured Land Rovers and mobile Coffins? Will there be Drumhead Services for the British Army of 2014, as we scuttle away from the place where the very flower of our generation were sacrificed to allay the political pretensions of f***king politicians, one of whom uttered those infamous words “ “We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years and without firing one shot because our job is to protect the reconstruction.” By 2008, 4 million bullets had been fired by the British armed forces; and Four hundred & fifty-three men and women, wearing the uniforms and badges of Her Majesty; lay dead!

 

If you build it…..We can always knock it down!

By Mike Cunningham On July 10th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

When Obamses the First Black Pharoah sent the surge of about 20,000 Marines and 30,000-odd soldiers  into Helmand Province, the military planners took one look at the Marines’ Command Headquarters, and decided that the Leathernecks needed something a bit more like solid American construction, instead of the plywood walled offices occupied by Major-General Mills. The General stated that he was quite happy with his little encampment the way it was, but no-one back home took any notice of this Marine.

Amec, a British Company, got the contract, and built it solidly, and built it well.

So as the Marines count-down past 7,000, and the total American contingent withdrawal continues apace, the 400-odd Headquarters staff find they have a brand-new $34 million-dilemma, in that not only will there be no-one to sit and issue battle commands in this computerised palace, no-one wants it anyway.

 

It was not until this spring that U.S. generals in Kabul decided to call a halt to the project. The decision was made before additional millions were spent on computer gear for the building but not soon enough to cancel crates of furniture.

“It’s terribly embarrassing,” the two-star Army general said.

The Pentagon, Sopko wrote to Hagel, needs to determine “all of the facts on how we reached this $34 million dilemma and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.”

 

 

We few, we happy few…

By Mike Cunningham On April 28th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

 

  • RAF Tycoons launched after air traffic control could not make contact.

 

 

We’re paying these guys too much!

FIVE ROYAL MARINES CHARGED WITH MURDER

By Pete Moore On October 14th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Guilty or not, they’re idiots. In addition to the five, four others have been released pending further enquiries.

The servicemen are understood to have been arrested after a video was discovered on a laptop belonging to a Royal Marine.

The clip appears to show members of a Royal Marine patrol standing around a Taliban fighter as he lay injured on the ground in a compound.

They were apparently discussing what to do with him and whether to administer first aid but the film is said to cut out before anything happens.

The Royal Military Police have confirmed the man died, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

The footage was discovered after one of the members of the patrol was arrested by civilian police in the UK over an unrelated matter, it is understood.

Some might say the mistake was filming whatever went on. Don’t youngsters these days know that what goes on tour stays on tour? What I’ve seen on rugby tours and stag weekends would spark a dozen divorces if it ever got back, but now everyone has a mania for recording absolutely everything. It’s like the US Marines watersports video a few months ago. Stone the crows, if you’re going to get up to something at least make sure no-one’s got his phone out to capture it, either for posterity or the rozzers when someone blabs or their computer is searched on unrelated business.

Autre temps…….

By Mike Cunningham On September 23rd, 2012 at 3:05 pm

This story, with a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces giving birth in Camp Bastion after being ‘unaware’ of her pregnancy raised headlines in all newspapers; but the two items I would concentrate upon are one statement from a ‘friend’ and one comment upon the whole situation.

The statement is ” I don’t know who the father is.”

When I was a father for the first time, many thoughts ran through my mind, but none of them raised any doubt as to whether I was the father of that tiny sprog who grew into the individual who is now my eldest son. ‘I am a father’ was my proudest statement, and as I carried that tiny child back across the threshold of the home where he would be lovingly reared, I knew what the term ‘Family’ was all about!

The comment is to quietly ask what the hell are we still in that dusty hell-hole for? The locals don’t want us, the neighbours definitely don’t want us; all our Armed Forces are there for these days is to save face for a bunch of lying, scheming politicians who jumped without thought into a situation which they thought could be controlled! The new-born child and mother have already been evacuated; lets get the rest out ‘toute suite’!

FRONTLINE PREGNANCY

By David Vance On September 20th, 2012 at 9:27 am

I have the utmost respect for our military and think them underpaid and undervalued in many ways but this sort of story really make you wonder about what goes on at times;

A British soldier has given birth to a baby boy while serving in Afghanistan, despite allegedly being unaware she was even pregnant. The woman, a gunner in the Royal Artillery, had complained of stomach pains before medics informed her she was in labour. She gave birth to a son five weeks premature in Camp Bastion on Tuesday. Mother and baby are both said to be in a stable condition, with a specialist paediatric team from the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, preparing to travel to Afghanistan to assist them on the flight home. The Ministry of Defence last night confirmed it was against military policy for servicewomen to be deployed on operations while pregnant and said they had been unaware the servicewoman was expecting. It is the first time a soldier from the UK has given birth while in Afghanistan.

Why are we sending pregnant woman to the frontline? Is this what feminism is all about? I don’t think so. I am sure the particularities of this case will be investigated including her alleged unawareness of being pregnant. But I wonder if you share my alarm at a pregnant woman being on active duty?

Pick up the tickets; don’t forget the baby medicine!

By Mike Cunningham On August 27th, 2012 at 10:59 am

Seems as though, when some military guys get ideas above their pay-grade, they sure know how to ensure that the gifts just ‘keep on a’coming’!

Don’t they, Major-General; and of course, Mrs. Major-General Ward?

ARMED FORCES

By David Vance On July 1st, 2012 at 9:07 am

Yesterday was Armed Forces day here in the UK, as Pete mentions below. Now I have a great fondness for Armed Forces, not least because it is the title of Costello’s third album back in 1979 – and in some regards Oliver’s Army is about armed forces! I didn’t want to let the occasion pass by entirely without paying tribute to our British Armed Forces, and I am sure what I am about to say equally applies to American armed forces. Beyond a shadow of doubt our military class, our warrior caste, embody many of the very best virtues one can hope to find. They show courage when in fearful conditions, they show discipline when chaos prevails, they exhibit determination when vacillation beckons, and they show support for their colleagues to the point where they will lay down their lives for them. Naturally no organisation is perfect and of course I know that there are bad apples in every bunch but on the whole, I have so much admiration for the men and women who serve to protect our freedom and our liberty.

That said, I am also enraged at the poor treatment they receive from Government. Their pay is poor compared to other parts of the Public Sector. The care afforded them in the horrific event of them losing limbs is often less than one would expect. At this point in their history, Government is actively running down their numbers, making some redundant. The equipment provided to them is often inadequate, putting their lives in even greater peril. But they get on with the job, without complaint.

One can reasonably query some of the operations they are directed to engage in; one can also point to things that they have done which were plainly wrong; but surely we can all agree that those who serve in our Armed Forces often represent the very best of us.

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As is my way, I admire the Armed Forces but am equally disgusted by the political connivers who trot out asinine praise for them on these occasions whilst planning to sack them, to abandon them when they go to Civvy Street. Those who serve do their duty. It is a POLITICAL duty to ensure that every reasonable resource is directed their way.

Mathematics for beginners

By Mike Cunningham On March 8th, 2012 at 9:07 am

….four times one is four.

…five times one is five,

and, children; let us not forget that six times one is six