Guards salute Victory Day in Moscow [09/05/10]
first time since the end of WW2 British soldiers have taken
part in the annual Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square.
from 2 Company The 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards joined 10,500
Russian soldiers and contingents from the US, France and Poland
in the parade to mark the 65th anniversary of the defeat of
Germany in 1945.
made by the Soviet people in WW2 were staggering - almost
25 million citizens were killed (including 10 million military
personnel). It is not surprising, then, that the annual Victory
Day parade still has an immense emotional hold on the Russian
Ian Mundy said: "There is a sense of pride to be in this
massive parade on Red Square. It seems that everyone is interested
in us as well and I'm proud to be a part of that.'
Dai Bevan, Company Commander, commented: This (experience)
typifies the polarity of our job as Guardsmen and as infantry
soldiers last year we were in Afghanistan and now were
marching in Red Square as part of his incredible occasion.
presence in the parade not only recognised that Britain and
the Soviet Union fought together to defeat Germany in 1945
but also reflected the current wish of the Russian leadership
to improve relations with NATO.
President Dmitry Medvedev said: At this solemn parade,
the soldiers of Russia, the states of the CIS and the anti-Hitler
coalition march together. Only together can we counter present-day
threats. Only as good neighbours can we resolve problems of
global security in order that the ideals of justice and good
triumph in all of the world and that the lives of future generations
will be free and happy.
Welsh Guards march in Moscow parade
British troops mark VE Day with Red Square parade
British soldiers march on Red Square in historic parade
Mirror tries to hide its antipathy to Afghan Heroes [16/03/10]
labourite response to the bikers' tribute at Wootton Bassett
last Sunday was posted on Chris Hughes' blog in the Daily
Mirror, that erudite organ of the labour party.
article titled "Wootton Bassett Bikers - A Response"
he smugly wrote: "Now we've seen it all - hundreds
of bikers showing their "solidarity with frontline troops,"
by trundling their petrol guzzling and fume spewing steeds
through Wootton Bassett.
think it's great that they raised more than £100,000
by going on their road trip jolly and that the money will
go to our forces. But I wonder if someone - just for a change
- could set a trend by doing something they hate doing to
raise money for good causes. And something that isn't so public
and... well.... so annoying?"
that's the sort of comment you'd expect from the Daily Mirror's
"defence correspondent" (actually, he can't make
up his mind 'cos he also claims to be the Mirror's "security
correspondent"). It shows how the newspaper and those
close to the labour party treat with distain those who show
respect for, and give support to British soldiers fighting
the link to this article has now been cut; presumably the
Mirror didn't want to further prejudice public support so
close to an election.
whether Chris will next be posting an "apology";
I doubt it some how.
I stand corrected; apparently he has now apolgised though
I haven't been able to find it on the Mirror's website.
Independent: Forces of Facebook turn on Daily Mirror
for Sandhurst MegaMosque turned down [11/03/10]
6,500 local residents lodging objections, Surrey Heath Borough
Council had little choice but to reject the application to
build a mosque in Camberley, Surrey.
The decision to reject the application was greeted with cheers
from the hundreds of people who had attended the planning
way for the giant mosque, the local Muslim group were intending
to bulldoze the cluster of listed Victorian school buildings
which currently occupy the site and which are situated within
the Royal Military Academy Conservation Area.
residents maintained not only that the existing school buildings
formed an intrinsic part of the town's traditional English
heritage and should be protected, but also that the size and
scale of the proposal would mean that the mosque would dominate
the town and tower over the surrounding buildings.
was also a major concern both locally and nationally that
the twin 100 foot high minarettes would give clear line of
sight to the parade grounds of nearby Sandhurst.
group are sure to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to get
the decision of the town overturned. It must be remembered
that the Planning Inspectorate is just another arm of the
central government and is indifferent to local opinion and
local democracy. The Planning Inspectorate is only there to
enforce the dictates of their political masters in the Department
of Communities and Local Government, the fiefdom of Hazel
Blairs MP. Bearing in mind how the labour party is constantly
trying to appease the muslim community and "bring them
on-side", the objectors to the proposed mosque may well
still have a fight on their hands.
Mail: Thousands of residents force council to reject plans
for giant mosque next to Sandhurst military academy
Mega Mosque designed to overlook Sandhurst
Princes of Denmark [03/03/10]
seems that the only real military allies the UK has
in Europe are the Danes and their fellow Balts, the Estonians.
are serving in Afghanistan, proportionately one of the highest
national contingents out there. 31 Danish soldiers have given
their lives fighting to make Afghanistan a better, more secure
place. A high price; in fact this casualty rate, 4.1%, is
higher than both the UK's 2.6% and the US's 1.3%.
other European countries, the Danish people are honouring
their commitments to NATO. We had thought that the Dutch could
be relied on, but then, I suppose, so did the people of Srebrenica
(the Danish Army's record in Bosnia on the other hand earned
them great respect). It is most likely that the Dutch will
soon be pulling out, leaving their NATO allies in the lurch.
Other European contingents are reluctant to be posted to "restive"
regions like Helmand or to take the fight to the Taliban;
they'd rather leave that to the professionals.
however, are in the thick of it and holding firm against the
European flight to the Maginot line. Their forces in Afghanistan
continue to have strong public support at home - their recent
military resurgence has rightly been a source of great national
Danish soldier said: "It is too easy to stay at home,
and Denmark is doing its part"
no 'to be or not to be' for these Vikings.
designed to overlook Sandhurst [21/02/10]
in Surrey Heath have had their plans to build a giant mosque
just 400 yards from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst approved
by the local council's planning committee.
was given despite objections from over 1,000 local people
- not to mention that a listed Victorian building will have
to be demolished to make way for the new mosque. The height
and scale of the massive mosque indicates that its design
will dominate the surrounding buildings. But of more concern
is that its
two 100ft high minarets will give a clear view of the Academy's
chiefs obviously consider this poses a major security threat
to the cadets. "It is outrageous to even think that the
officers of the future would have to watch their backs while
they are still in training."
Mail: Giant mosque's towers 'will loom over Sandhurst'
Cadet Force seeks support from the Service Community [16/02/10]
may have done a (welcomed) U-turn and reinstated the TA budget;
they have not done the same with the Army Cadet Force and
made in this year's ACF budget remain in force. The Army Cadet
Force Association is now very concerned that, with the inevitable
squeeze on the Army budget, this year's cuts may be repeated
again next year - or even worse. This would have a seriously
damaging impact on the facilities and opportunities available
to the UK's 47,000 Army cadets and, importantly, on the resolve
of the 8,500 adult volunteers to continue, particularly with
the reductiion in instructors' paid training days and annual
and weekend camps.
is a valuable training ground not only for future Army intake
but also for the country's young people as a whole. The ACF
helps teenages develop personally, physically and socially
by providing challenging and adventurous opportunities in
a structured, disciplined environment. Through the ACF young
people learn the core values of self discipline, respect for
others and team work. In other words the ACF teaches our young
people the personal and social skills which our schools are
lamentably failing to do.
up until recently Brown, Balls, Ainsworth and Co. had been
announcing that the government had plans to expand the ACF
and had been extolling the benefits the ACF could bring to
children from all backgrounds.
The Army Cadet Force Association rightly says that each year
the Army's cadets put a great deal of effort into supporting
the Service community and Service charities. It, in turn,
is now seeking all the support that it can get to increase
awareness of the dangers that a repeat of this year's cuts
would have on the ACF movement.
Cadet Force Association
Army Show 2010 axed [16/02/10]
of the heavy fighting in Afghanistan and cuts to defence budgets
has forced bosses at the MoD to cancel this year's Aldershot
crowds of up to 60,000, the popular annual two-day event is
the biggest Army show of its kind in the country tracing its
roots back over 150 years to the time of the Crimean War.
after the last year's event, Major General Kirkland said the
event was an important forum where the public could have an
opportunity to meet soldiers and show their support for the
Army. Britains Army is the army of the people
and its key that the people get to see who the Army
is. This is an opportunity for the people to come here and
support the Army when they are home from operations,
with so many of the local garrison currently away on operations
in Afghanistan, the manpower isn't available to put on the
show this year - the garrison has the 1st Battalion Coldstream
Guards, the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment, 4 Medical
Regiment and elements of many other units deployed in Helmand.
also sadly another example of the MoD rolling back its National
Aldershot Army Show cancelled due to Afghanistan action
pay 'protection' to Taliban: You say pizzo and I say
the 5th century the Romans regularly bought off their enemies
by making hefty tribute payments in exchange for an agreement
not to attack the Empire - a kind of early protection racket.
In 447 alone they forked out 6,000lbs in gold to pay off the
Huns and agreed to make annual instalments of 2,000lbs from
then on. When the Romans missed the 451 payment, Attila lead
his army across the border and devastated the cities of northern
If a report
in today's Times is correct, then it would seem that the Italians
have been taking a lesson from their history books and have
again been paying tribute to their adversaries - this time
to the Taliban.
A local Taliban commander confirmed that a deal was struck
last year so that Italian forces in the Sarobi area, east
of Kabul, would not be attacked by local insurgents in exchange
for a load of cash.
Unfortunately when the Italians handed the area over to the
French they omitted to tell them about the local protection
racket - that or when the Italians said "pizzo"
the French thought they had said "pizza".
the district had been so quiet prior to their arrival, the
French had assumed that they had picked a nice peaceful area
to look after. It was not until 10 of their soldiers were
tragically killed last August that they realised all was not
as it seemed.
General Eric Tremblay said he was "not aware" of
Italy having paid off Taliban militants. "If it does
go on, it's the Afghan government (that does it) rather than
Times: Italians bribed the Taleban all over Afghanistan, say
Laing urinates on war memorial[15/10/09]
Laing, a Sheffield college student, thought it would be funny
to urinate on the city's war memorial and on the poppy wreaths
placed there in honour of the servicemen and women who had
given their lives in the service of their country.
example of today's 'intelligentsia' and his friends no doubt
thought it a great laugh to desecrate a war memorial and to
piss on those who had died for our freedoms. They probably
even congratulated themselves on the publicity that resulted
from this disgusting behaviour.
His parents more than likely think it all a laugh as well.
the college authorities won't have the guts to do anything
about it; the department of education won't kick him off his
course; nor naturally will the police be bothered to do anything
either - like giving him a criminal record.
little prick will look forward to three years on his "sports
technology" (no surprise there then) course as a celebrity
amongst his fellow students.
Mail: Shame of drunken student caught urinating on war memorial
during 'Carnage' mass pub crawl
Control: Pte Walker evades Islamist kidnappers
Peter Walker went to get a pizza in Kuwait City the other
day he was set upon by five knife-wielding locals.
that he was being kidnapped to be ransomed or even passed
on to an Islamist terrorist group, Pte Walker fought his way
free and legged it. Running into a building and up a flight
of stairs, he
found that there was no other way out but to leap from a balcony......so
he jumped and sprinted to safety through the streets.
value to the Taliban of having a British soldier in their
hands would be immense and what they would do to him doesn't
bear thinking about. Private Walker's quick thinking and fast
footwork certainly got him out of a frightening situation.
Walker serves with 59 Movement Control Squadron, 29
Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps; it's fortunate that parkour
forms part of 59MC Squadron's basic training.
Sun: Kidnapped soldier jumps off balcony
Reynolds - übersniper [15/08/09]
Christopher Reynolds, 3 SCOTS The Black Watch, notched up
the longest kill in Afghanistan when he shot a Taliban commander
over a mile away (1.15 miles)!
had lain in wait for three days on a shop roof before taking
out the terrorist chief called Mula. As well as distance,
he had to allow for trajectory, wind and temperature before
he squeezed the trigger; his gun scope was actually aiming
at the top of a doorway when he fired.
hit the target in the chest. "He had been given a lead
sleeping tablet. I was quite proud of that shot - it is the
longest recorded kill in Afghanistan", said Cpl Reynolds.
His mate said: "'He did a top job that day - but we are
all sick about him going on about it and telling us what a
great shot he is."
good shot, sir!
Mail: British sniper describes moment he shot Taliban commander...
from TWO KILOMETRES away
financiers to get their hands on £50billion while Armed
Forces face budget cuts [06/08/09]
today that the government is going to shovel another £50billion
into the vaults of the high street banks. This is so that
City financiers and their accountants will have the funds
available to pay themselves obscene bonuses.
£50billion would buy quite a few Sikorskys and Ridgbacks
is of no concern to our political elite.
is often the case that ministers, in their final days of power,
seek to please the boards of banks and other financial institutions
so that they'll stand a better chance of being offered lucrative
directorships after they are kicked out of office.
Police Commissioner revokes ban on badge of honour
Police officers had been banned from wearing the Union Flag
badge which expresses support for Britain's Armed Forces and
for the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
are also sold to raise funds for the Royal British Legion,
Help for Heroes and the Support Our Soldiers charities.
had raised a complaint that the Union Flag badge was "offensive"
and senior police officers at Scotland Yard consequently decreed
that the badges should be removed.
by the diktats of today's "multiculturalism", police
chiefs are terrified of appearing politically incorrect. Of
course the Union Flag is not recognised by some groups as
symbolising the Nation; they see it as something to be burned
in protest. Police chiefs have been instructed not to upset
these volatile groups and it therefore becomes preferable
to insult British troops fighting on the frontline.
Officers at Heathrow were even ordered to take down a Union
Flag hoisted on June 27 - Armed Forces Day - because it was
not an approved ensign.
officers felt so strongly that they risked disciplinary action,
defied the ban and continued to where the badge in solidarity
with their service cousins. A
petition in their support has even been started on the
only hours after this latest row exploded across the media,
the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson
stepped in and sensibly ruled that officers should be allowed
to show their support for soldiers fighting for our country
and that the dress code should be relaxed.
Mail: Scotland Yard DROPS ban on officers wearing Union Flag
badges backing our troops
'Afghan wars': Brown hopes for truce [24/07/09]
Brown has had a bruising few rounds with General Dannatt.
The General did to Gordon what Joanna
Lumley did to what's-his-name; he told him what was what.
Politicians don't like it when the military play them at their
own game: using the media to bring pressure on the opposition.
months of trying to influence the government in the traditional
way - i.e. behind the scenes, out of the public eye - General
Dannatt was forced by the government's intransigence and prevarication
to bring the need for more resources in Afghanistan into the
public domain. The General gave Brown a public battering with
his uncompromising demands in support of the troops fighting
the blood from his nose, Brown's trainer, Peter Mandelson,
whispered slyly into his ear that The General's period as
CGS will be up in August and all that Brown has to do is to
stick it out for a few more days and all will soon be well.
will be succeeded as Chief of the General Staff by General
Sir David Richards. Brown's entourage reckon that General
Richards is a "subtle operator"; this sounds a bit
Mandelson-esque which is not a little worrying. Certainly
General Richards' proposals to contract-out some of the duties
currently carried out by the British troops in Afghanistan
- like guarding Camp Bastion and Kandahar airfield - seem
horribly like nuLabour thinking to me.
Richards may not be as much of a bruiser as General Dannatt
but let's hope that he puts up as much of a fight in his "subtle"
way as The General has done and that he doesn't let down the
guys on the frontline simply in the cause of political expediency.
FT: New UK army head spurs hope of detente
Times: The armys been hit by Browns unfriendly
That was a beau geste, mon capitaine [23/07/09]
of homes were evacuated yesterday after French Foreign Legion
soldiers on artillery practice fired incendiary tracer shells
into parched woodland close to the southern port city of Marseille.
The temperature was 32 degrees; oh, and there was a strong
wind blowing at the time.
City officials accused the elite Foreign Legion of being 'imbeciles'.
When youre faced with this kind of incredible stupidity,
people need to know about it.
said: "My whole family is now living in a gym, and its
all because of these ridiculous soldiers. They did not seem
to have a clue what they were doing."
Mail rather generously says: "The French Army has had
one of the worst military reputations in the world since capitulating
to the Germans at the start of World War II."
with the French and German armies that the labour government
sees as the future for the British Army. Ummm...............
Mail: 'Imbeciles': Hundreds evacuated from their homes as
bushfire caused by French military threatens Marseille
Lord Foulkes accuses Forces' Chiefs of disloyalty!! [22/07/09]
Lord Foulkes, or "Baron Foulkes of Cumnoch" as he
prefers to be called in true nulabour style, had the nerve
yesterday to imply that Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief
Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup AFC and Chief of the General Staff
General Sir Richard Dannatt MC were being disloyal to British
troops by fighting to make sure that our Armed Forces receive
the right equipment and resources to deal with the Taliban.
to the Mail, Baron Foulkes had "an undistinguished ministerial
career - clouded
by an episode of drunk and disorderly behaviour." He
apparently lost his job as labour spokesperson for defence
in 1993 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and
of being drunk and disorderly after spending a night in police
custody following a reception hosted by the Scotch Whisky
was elevated to the peerage by Tony Blair in 2005, presumably
for services to the labour party.
a debate in the House of Lords yesterday the red baron asked
labour frontbencher Lady Taylor to 'consider gently reminding
these gentlemen [CDS Stirrup & CGS Dannatt] of the importance
of loyalty, particularly when we are engaged in a very difficult
war where victory is essential for the future safety of this
remarks from a has-been politician would normally be ignored
but in this case they have added support to the view that
labour ministers and their toadies are engaged in a concerted
campaign to systematically undermine the credibility of the
heads of Britian's Armed Forces just because they had the
temerity to stand up for the guys risking their lives on the
Foulkes is currently on the government's Intelligence Committee.
His absurd remarks remind me of the old BBC radio programme,
The Navy Lark: "This is Intelligence speaking".
Mail: Not fit to shine their boots! Outrage as toady Labour
peer accuses forces of 'helping the Taliban'
Gen. Dannatt regrets nothing. And why should he! [21/07/09]
article in today's Telegraph, head of the Army, General Sir
Richard Dannatt insisted he has "no regrets" about
speaking out to ensure his men were properly equipped and
his period as Chief of the General Staff, General Dannatt
has fought constantly to get the right equipment and kit to
the guys fighting in Afghanistan.
we see generals calling foal and criticising policy only after
they have retired, choosing to keep their heads down when
actually in a position to do something. General Dannatt on
the other hand has not shrunk from raising his concerns with
the government and has at times
labour ministers by standing up for the troops - particularly
recently with his insistance that more resources be made available
for the Army in Afghanistan.
One wonders how much of the improvement in kit over the last
couple of years would have happened without General Dannatt's
insistence that the government fulfills its obligations to
the troops. We know how every £ for the Army has had
to be wrung from Brown and Co and that it was probably General
Dannatt who did the wringing.
hope his successor takes as strong a stand as General Dannatt
Army head General Sir Richard Dannatt insists 'I have no regrets'