Skip to comments.Bayonet Brits kill 35 rebels (Brits Go Hand To Hand 5 to 1)
Posted on 05/19/2004 6:53:59 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
OUTNUMBERED British soldiers killed 35 Iraqi attackers in the Armys first bayonet charge since the Falklands War 22 years ago. The fearless Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders stormed rebel positions after being ambushed and pinned down.
Despite being outnumbered five to one, they suffered only three minor wounds in the hand-to-hand fighting near the city of Amara.
The battle erupted after Land Rovers carrying 20 Argylls came under attack on a highway.
After radioing for back-up, they fixed bayonets and charged at 100 rebels using tactics learned in drills.
Charge ... tactics from drills
When the fighting ended bodies lay all over the highway and more were floating in a nearby river. Nine rebels were captured.
An Army spokesman said: This was an intense engagement.
The last bayonet charge was by the Scots Guards and the Paras against Argentinian positions.
Any word on Brit casulties? Those insurgents must've $hit themselves before they were gutted.
God bless these British sons-a-bitches.
D'oh - 3 minor casulties - whoops.
I like them numbers.
But then there is also Gallipoli, one of the most expensive stupidities in WWI.
I might even try some Haggis in their honor! I will for sure have a quaich of Dalwhynnie Scotch....
Somebody's got to collect these war stories and put them together in one forum or website or something.
A Joshua Chamberlain moment. Outstanding!
I've done that...like a scalp sort of...or a trophy.
Our thoughts exactly.
They are emotionally still stone age people.
No, they are tribal people, with all the worst that goes with it.
The two are not incompatible.
That is an understatement of Biblical proportions.
Most of WW I tactics were expensive stupidities - fighting a 20th Century war with Napoleonic tactics. No one seemed to learn from our own War between the States, and most of the European Powers had observers.
Wonder if the Brits got their issue of Rum, before or after the affair?
I might have scones with my oatmeal, but Haggis? Never!
Post any pictures you might have, and then we can blame FR for abusing you!:)
Heaven help the man who hears the pipes that was not born in Scotland
He he he
Ideology is supposed to protect those protecting it. They become confused when it turns out to be false and that they have to fight for their lives.... they simply cannot do it.
These were Scotland's soldiers, you know.
If you read the new book, Machine Gun, it is a fascinating story of how labor short Americans had to find machines to compensate. US ingenuity is probably no substitute for good fighting skills, but integrated as a fighting skill is perfectly honorable. A good job well done, is what is needed, and not some waste of human AllaAkbar sewage.
Hand to hand skills are transferable in terms of philosophy to "higher" forms of killing.
That would be 35 more guys waiting in line for those same 72 virgins.......
With MacPhee's about, no man's pony is secure.
Hat badge of the Clan Scott.
On the other hand he did like the whiskey. He owned a large and successful farm but I wonder what he might have accomplished if he had been sober more often.
Cattle were too heavy to carry off across the mudflats, however a cute, blond pony....
Hehehehehe...well, thanks for the kind sentiments, but if I'd been really smart, I'd have put in for Warrant Officer flight school, and had some real fun! It was very rewarding, though, and I wouldn't trade that part of my life for anything.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Surrender? So that the Brits could get some intel on where the 50-some that weren't killed or captured might be?
Oh...Scotland's soldiers ROCK!!!
I agree.. They let 50 of them get away. Damn Argyl's. d;-' /
BANG and the SPIRIT OF THE BAYONET
Oops sorry, I was reading your newspapers!
Yeah, and if they only had a modern-day Walter Scott, Longfellow, and Robert Burns, and Homer; they would be writing long ballads about these fearless men; and, of course, our own fearless forces!
Two of the above were Scot balladeers (WS and RB)who were mentioned in an old English romantic literature book I had in College days. And of course, most people are familiar with Homer and Longfellow("Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere"). Now on Robert Burns;(author of "Auld Lang Syne") he was a big admirer of our founding fathers, and supported our War for Independence. Also, he was said to have drank a "health to George Washington"! And he was a Brit at the time, I believe. At least I think at that time Scotland was under the Brit crown. He also supported, at least at first, the French Revolution.
That'll teach those stupid rug pilots to outnumber and surround the Scots and then open fire on them...
As Ireland is part of the British Isles, surely the Irish are British too?
The United Kingdom adds Northern Ireland. Of course many Americans simply call them all "English" sort of like we called all members of the Soviet Union, "Russians".
What are they, nuts or something?
A couple of weeks ago Fox had footage of some insurgents "sneaking" out to an ambush point on the outskirts of Fallujah. They had AK-47s, but the dipsticks were wearing white (either their shirts or those robes some of them wear) and one was even wearing one of those woven skullcap thingies--in off-white. Needless to say, they all ended up dead.
It is not only tolerance, scholarship and the industrial arts that the jihadis have left behind in their silly effort to remain in the 11th Century, but they apparently missed out on some advances in the combat arms as well. like, say, camouflage.
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
This should be HEADLINE news around the globe!!! This is the FIRST I've heard of it. An amazing story that deserves several FOLLOW UPs. Very frustrating, these Brits deserve no less.
Even if they had them, training in their use, and in countering those used by the enemy, is very unlikely. From all I've read, they can't shoot them worth a hoot, so bayonet training is even less likely. They seem to be best at firing them into the air, preferably one handed. :)
Especially considering the POS rifle they had to use. It's so short that it really does't make a very good "pig sticker", as is known to be even less reliable than the M-16.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture with the bayonet attached. However I did find this article, from the Sept. 15, 2002 on-line version edition of the London Telegraph , poo-pooing the military utility of the bayonet in the modern era, which I've linked for your amusement.
It's great, every year at graduation (and at other times as well) the college where my wife is a professor, and where my daughters both graduated, they have piper's, in full regalia, lead in the procession, which starts with the regents, then the faculty, and finally the graduates, with those getting Master's degrees bringing up the rear. My daughter just got her MA from there last week. One of the piper was female (I think, at least in the past one has been) and one was rather dark complected for a Scot (but with a name suggestive of origins in a former Brit Colony which retains Brit military traditions), but there were three of them, most I've ever seen at the ceremony. It did tend to limit their repertoires to stuff that all three knew. Somehow they were all wearing the same tartan. The school is (more correctly was) affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and thus the Scot connection.
You can indeed, right here.
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