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  • The British Army Secretly Sent Israeli Missiles in Iraq and Afghanistan

    11/10/2016 8:48:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 10, 2016 | SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN
    In 2011, the second episode of the BBC documentary series Bomb Squad showed a missile strike obliterating a team of Taliban fighters laying improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Afterwards, the film crew captured bomb disposal specialists discussing on the situation. “They got hit by an Exactor missile, I think, or Extractor missile?” one British soldier tells his comrades. “So there’s bits of Taliban spread liberally all over the area currently.” Curiously, at the time, the British military did not have an “Exactor” or “Extractor” missile officially in service. The BBC had caught a glimpse of a secret weapon. The United...
  • British Army Challenger Tank Upgrade Elicits Strong Response

    08/12/2016 7:49:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Forecast International ^ | August 11, 2016
    LONDON --- An initial assessment phase portion for the British Army Challenger main battle tank upgrade program has elicited response from multiple bidders. The British Army's fleet of 227 Challenger tanks are to be upgraded under a program expected to reach £624 million ($816 million). Under the latest U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in November 2015, the Conservative government opted to extend the service life of the British Army's Challenger II main battle tank - which began entering service in 1998 - out by 10 years to 2035. With the deadline for submitting industry proposals to the...
  • 'Make her gay' soldier jailed for sexually assaulting female colleague

    03/19/2016 10:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:20PM GMT 18 Mar 2016 | (Agency)
    A female soldier was jailed on Friday for seven years and dismissed in disgrace from the army for sexually assaulting a female colleague after telling her she would “make her gay”. Lance Corporal Hannah Heslop, 25, was told she “failed in her duty of care” after she sexually assaulted the woman when she had fallen asleep in her bed following a night out. The court heard bisexual Heslop was “clearly attracted” to the heterosexual woman, who cannot be named, and when she accompanied the victim home had “hoped for sexual activity”. …
  • Leading The Charge: Twice As Many Horses As Tanks In British Army

    07/17/2015 5:14:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | 2015-07-13
    Amid ongoing changes to the British Army under the banner of austerity, the bemusing statistic of four legged firepower outweighing the heavy metal variety persists. Recently, the Conservative Defence Minister Lord Astor admitted: “The Army currently has 485 horses, serving in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Division and at the Defence Animal Centre." The last time horses were used in a combat role by the British Army was World War I, when a million were sent to the frontline and only about 62,000 survived. During World War II, General Orde Wingate and...
  • British troops set to head for war-torn Ukraine

    09/02/2014 12:31:59 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, September 2, 2014 | Express
    A platoon of about 30 men may take part in an annual US-Ukraine exercise involving hundreds of troops around Lviv near the Polish border. Reserves minister Julian ­Brazier made the announcement while visiting a 120-strong group from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment taking part in a Nato exercise in Poland. It is one of a series of exercises in eastern Europe designed to reassure Nato member states and to deter Russian aggression.
  • Soldiers secretly join pacifist group that forbids bearing arms in remarkable breach of military law

    06/01/2014 2:19:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:20 EST, 31 May 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organization directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have joined Veterans For Peace UK, which campaigns against armed conflict. It also campaigns to stop the UK Government “intervening in the internal affairs of other nations”, and has organized protests at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as well as visits to schools to teach pupils the “true nature” of armed conflict. Last night, there were...
  • Two Marine generals lose their jobs over deadly Taliban attack

    10/01/2013 9:18:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 9/30/13 | Barbara Starr
    In an action unprecedented during 12 years of war in Afghanistan, the commandant of the Marine Corps is firing two top generals for failing to protect troops and their base in southern Afghanistan from a Taliban attack. Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, has agreed to a finding that Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant "did not take adequate force protection measures" at Camp Bastion last year, the service said on Monday. On September 14-15, 2012, Taliban fighters got through an unguarded part of a fence and engaged in a long running gun battle with U.S....
  • Allowing British soldiers to sue could put troops at even greater risk

    06/24/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:37PM BST 20 Jun 2013 | Dominic Raab
    Far from protecting British troops, this week’s novel ruling by the Supreme Court—stretching the Human Rights Act (HRA) to allow soldiers to sue the Government over decisions on equipment, training and operations—will endanger our forces and undermine democratic accountability. The claims followed casualties in Iraq after a “friendly fire” incident between two Challenger tanks, and when a Snatch Land Rover patrol hit roadside bombs. The Ministry of Defense was accused of negligence in equipping the tanks and jeeps, training the servicemen and operational decision-making. In an unprecedented judgment, the court abandoned the bar to negligence claims against the MoD in...
  • [British] Army chief: We won’t win wars if we are cut again

    06/13/2013 9:22:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:53PM BST 13 Jun 2013 | Ben Farmer
    Forcing more spending cuts on the military would be dangerous and disruptive and would damage the country’s ability to win wars, the head of the Army warns. Gen. Sir Peter Wall warned that further savings would place the Army’s future plans in jeopardy and seriously damage its “professional competence” in some areas. … George Osborne, the Chancellor, has said he wants to find £11.5 billion ($18.1 billion) of savings from Whitehall departments, and the Ministry of Defense is expected to be hit hard. The Army is already being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 personnel after the defense budget was cut in...
  • British Army shutting down for 3+ weeks

    12/03/2012 12:58:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 2, 2012 | Steve Nolan
    The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills. All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take ‘block leave’ from December 14 until January 7, a leaked memo from a senior officer said. The decision, communicated by Major General David Cullen, means all barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites will be closed for almost a month. General Cullen, the chief of staff for land forces, said it was an ‘opportunity for utility savings’. He added that the measure aimed to ‘fully exploit the utility efficiencies available by...

    11/26/2012 5:08:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Express ^ | 11-26-12 | David Heyhoe
    ARMS and explosives search dog Treo has saved countless lives in Afghanistan. His handler David Heyhoe tells his story. SETTING off into the dawn sunlight, Treo and I are out front doing the lonely walk. We dog handlers say that emotions run up leash and down again. We had just lost our first soldier - killed by a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) - and Treo could sense that I wanted payback. Treo was hyper-alert and raring to go. It was a good thing. We'd been out for several days now and the Taliban would know the paths we'd use...
  • A Bayonet Charge In Afghanistan

    09/28/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT · by sussex · 16 replies
    Shropshire Star ^ | 28/09/12 | Staff Reporter
    An heroic soldier from Shropshire, who led a bayonet charge over 90 yards of open ground in Afghanistan under a hail of enemy fire, was today awarded the Military Cross for his bravery.
  • British Army will have to rely on civilian drivers, reserves and foreign armies

    05/22/2012 9:33:49 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 19, 2012 | Thomas Harding
    In the most significant reforms the Army in half-a-century, The Daily Telegraph has learnt that as few as five infantry battalions totalling 2,500 soldiers will be cut but a further 17,500 jobs will go mainly from logistics troops, engineers and artillery. Military commanders have condemned the move as creating an “unbalanced Army” that will be reliant on a “Tesco’s just in time” supply tactic for campaigns. The reforms have been forced on the Army after it was forced to reduce from 102,000 to 82,000 under defence cuts. For the last three decades the Army has put an increasing emphasis on...
  • Unarmed British Soldier Captures Taliban Commander

    04/16/2011 4:56:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2011 | NEWSCORE
    (edit) Private Stephens said that he "goose necked" the man, grabbing him around the neck and dragging him towards his vehicle."I jumped out off the wagon and I grabbed the geezer," Private Stephens said. "It was one left, two right fists. That was it. No weapons, just my hands."The captured man turned out to be a bomb maker and the highest ranking Taliban captured by regular British forces.Fellow soldier, Lieutenant Martyn Fulford, said, "It tied in to our intelligence reports that there were a number of suicide bombers preparing to attack us."When the motorcyclist came within 100 feet, a barrage of...
  • Lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghanistan for behaving like a 'lovestruck teenager,'

    03/03/2011 10:06:05 AM PST · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 9:32 PM on 2nd March 2011 | By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A lesbian Army captain sent home from Afghanistan after she was accused of an 'inappropriate relationship' with a sergeant was behaving like a 'love struck teenager' and undermining operations, a tribunal heard today. Karen Tait, 29, who is claiming sexual discrimination against the Ministry of Defence and her commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Poneskis, upset the chain of command with her 'sly and underhand' behaviour, the employment tribunal in central London heard. Claims: Captain Karen Tait at the tribunal. She says her commanding officer objected to her sexuality Cpt Tait, an operations officer with the Royal Military Police, was sent...
  • Troops in Afghanistan Get New Lightweight Rifle Magazines

    01/20/2011 9:03:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    UK Ministry of Defence ^ | 1/20/2011 | ASDN news
    More than 100,000 new state-of-the-art lightweight SA80 rifle magazines have arrived in Afghanistan to be used by troops fighting on the front line. The 30-round Magpul EMAG magazine is around half the weight of a standard metal magazine and helps reduce the weight that soldiers have to carry in their kit. Made from a polymer, the EMAG weighs 130g compared to its metal equivalent of 249g. Troops carry up to 12 magazines, so this change means each carries around one kilogramme less weight in total than before. Although it is lighter than others, the EMAG is robust; it's durability is...
  • Smaller Bullet Gets The Longer Shot

    05/23/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/17/2010 | James Dinnigan
    It was recently revealed that, last November, a British sniper (corporal Craig Harrison) set a new distance record when he killed two Taliban in Afghanistan, at a range of 2,620 meters (8,596 feet). He did this with a L115A3 rifle firing the 8.6mm Lapua Magnum round. The previous record was held by a Canadian soldier, corporal Rob Furlong, who dropped an al Qaeda gunman at 2,573 meters (7,972 feet) in 2002, also in Afghanistan. Furlong, however, was using a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) rifle. These weapons are good at 2,000 meters or more, but weigh twice as much as the 6.8...
  • Three quarters of Army's Apache attack helicopters not serviceable

    05/02/2010 8:21:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 523+ views ^ | 5/02/2010 | Sean Rayment
    Of the 67 in service, just 18 – or 27 per cent – are available for front line operations in Afghanistan or for training pilots in the United Kingdom. Across all the aircraft types, less than half of Britain's military helicopters are available for operations, with 62 per cent (322 out of a total of 522) out of service. Ministry of Defence figures obtained by the Conservative Party also show that only 44 per cent of the RAF's Chinook helicopters, 35 per cent of Merlins and 43 per cent of the Royal Navy's Sea Kings are available for service in...
  • It was like Zulu

    03/20/2010 4:32:39 PM PDT · by protest1 · 37 replies · 1,504+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 7:11PM GMT 20 Mar 2010 | Sean Rayment
    'It was like Zulu' How British troops in Afghanistan fought to the point of exhaustion against the Taliban. “You couldn’t make it up,” the sergeant added. “There were four sangar [sentry posts] in the corners of our compound being hit at the same time. It was 360-degree warfare.” As the base came under intense fire, a group of Taliban used an irrigation ditch to move up to one of the compound’s rear walls. There was a real risk that the insurgents might breach the base’s security. With little thought for his personal safety, and knowing that drastic action was required,...
  • Five British soldiers shot dead by rogue Afghanistan policeman

    11/04/2009 3:04:50 AM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 992+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | November 4, 2009 | Thomas Harding
    Three Grenadier Guards and two Royal Military Police were attacked as they rested inside a compound. The soldiers, who had removed their body armour and helmets, were shot by an Afghan national policeman who then fled. It is not known whether he was a member of the Taliban or being coerced by the insurgents. The gunman is thought to go by the name Gulbuddin and is believed to have had an accomplice. There are also suggestions that he had animosity towards his superiors after being repeatedly moved around the country as part of his duties. He is now being hunted...
  • General quits 'over Afghanistan'

    09/26/2009 5:00:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies · 3,300+ views
    BBC ^ | September 25, 2009
    An army general who is reported to have criticised aspects of the war in Afghanistan has resigned. Reports said Maj Gen Andrew Mackay, General Officer Commanding Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England, was unhappy about strategy. Prince Harry spent 10 weeks from December 2007 in Afghanistan under the command of Maj Gen Mackay. The Ministry of Defence has insisted that the general's departure was a "personal matter". Maj Gen Mackay's operational tour to Afghanistan was notable for the re-capture of Musa Qaleh, a strategic town, from the Taliban. He was subsequently awarded a CBE for his role in the mission....
  • Veteran soldier trapped for two days after 250ft fall lives thanks to World War II survival skills

    04/18/2009 12:24:16 PM PDT · by Stoat · 120 replies · 2,342+ views
    A veteran soldier who became trapped in a ravine for two days after a 250ft fall has survived, thanks to skills learnt 65 years ago during World War II. Great-grandfather Daniel Currie broke his elbow and shoulder after slipping during a walk at Fiddler's Elbow, near Abercynonon in Wales on Good Friday.Unable to move, and without food or water, Mr Currie protected himself using survival skills learnt while serving in the Army 65 years ago.The 87-year-old covered himself with leaves as temperatures plummeted to 3C overnight, and cleared surrounding undergrowth in order to make himself more visible to rescuers.Speaking...
  • Losing their way? [Britain's armed forces]

    01/30/2009 6:06:09 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 13 replies · 476+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jan 29 09 | The Economist
    The British army suffers from lack of soldiers, lack of money and lack of conviction
  • My duty to serve the country (Talented Ghananian orphan says "Thank you" by joining British Army)

    12/31/2008 11:35:09 AM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 955+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 30, 2008
      Ghanaian orphan ... Paul Apowida My duty to serve the country   Published: 30 Dec 2008     AN orphan has joined the British Army to repay the country that saved his life. Ghanaian Paul Apowida was sent to a boarding school and later college by UK charity Afrikids. He had been brought up in an orphanage after being rescued by a nun when his stepmum tried to poison him. Now rifleman Paul, 23, has joined the 1st Infantry Training Battalion in Catterick, North Yorks, to pay the debt he feels he owes. The talented artist, who recently...
  • UK Armed Forces thank town's tributes to Iraq and Afghanistan dead

    10/12/2008 5:32:46 AM PDT · by northmoor · 1 replies · 201+ views
    BBC News ^ | Oct 12, 2007 | BBC News
    Forces to repay town's tributes Members of the armed forces are to parade through the streets of a town in Wiltshire to thank locals for honouring dead British service personnel. Over the past 18 months residents of Wootton Bassett have lined the streets more than 100 times as coffins have been brought through the town. The town is near RAF Lyneham, the airbase to which bodies are repatriated after deaths in Afghanistan or Iraq. Sunday afternoon's tribute will also see a flypast from a Hercules aircraft. In a letter to the town thanking the residents for the gesture, the head...
  • British forces kill third Taliban commander in as many weeks, and another surrenders.

    07/22/2008 11:28:40 AM PDT · by northmoor · 14 replies · 136+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 22, 2008 | Reuters
    Senior Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan Reuters July 22, 2008 KABUL (Reuters) - A senior Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan surrendered to Pakistani authorities and British forces killed another leader, dealing a "shattering blow" to the militant group's leadership, the British army said on Tuesday. Mullah Rahim, the top commander for southern Helmand province, gave himself up after British forces had killed two other Taliban leaders in little over three weeks. Hours after his surrender, another senior Taliban commander, Abdul Rasaq, also known as "Mullah Sheikh", was killed in a British missile strike 15 km (9 miles) north of the...
  • Bhanbhagta Gurung VC (Gurkha WW2 Hero Dies)

    03/05/2008 1:51:59 PM PST · by Fletch357 · 5 replies · 712+ views
    times online ^ | 4th march 2008 | ?
    Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Gurkha who was decorated for his courage and skill in capturing a Japanese position in fierce hand-to-hand fighting Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, VC Bhanbhagta Gurung won his Victoria Cross in Burma in 1945. His action was the culmination of a series of extraordinarily gallant actions by this soldier of quite exceptional courage, yet it occurred while he was in disgrace, albeit unjustly. Born in the hill village of Phalbu in western Nepal, he was recruited into the old Indian Army soon after the outbreak of the Second World War, and joined 3rd Battalion 2nd King Edward VII’s...
  • Prince Harry 'banned from Afghanistan'

    10/07/2006 9:28:36 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 97 replies · 2,194+ views ^ | 8 October 2006
    BRITAIN'S Prince Harry will not be allowed to fight on the front line in Afghanistan, The Mail on Sunday newspaper says, citing senior sources in the prince's regiment. Harry, third in line to the throne, reportedly threatened to quit the British Army if he was blocked from active service due to safety fears and any such decision is likely to infuriate the 22-year-old. Although a formal decision has yet to be made, sources in the Household Cavalry told the weekly tabloid they thought it was too dangerous for him to deploy in Afghanistan. The southern Helmand province, where the bulk...
  • Awesome Witness Account Of Fight With Taleban [only report of this action]

    07/04/2006 11:06:42 PM PDT · by Brit_Guy · 30 replies · 1,678+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | 3rdJuly 2006 | CHRISTINA LAMB
    “HAVE you ever used a pistol?” yelled Sergeant-Major Mick Bolton amid the Kalashnikov fire and bursts from a machinegun as we ran across a baked-mud field and dived for cover. “If it comes down to it, everyone’s going to have to fight.” Round after round fizzed past our ears, sending up clouds of dust. My heart was thudding crazily against my flak jacket, my breath coming in short, rasping pants. The whoosh of a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) close enough to lift the hairs on the back of my neck was followed by an orange blaze of flame as it landed...
  • Mascot demoted for acting the goat on parade

    06/24/2006 11:03:35 PM PDT · by sully777 · 16 replies · 1,176+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jun 24, 2006 11:32am ET
    NICOSIA (Reuters) - The six-year-old mascot for a British army battalion has been demoted in disgrace for acting the goat during a parade in full view of dignitaries. Billy Goat has been a mascot of the First Battalion, the Royal Welsh regiment, since he was six months old and had the official rank of lance-corporal before his frisky antics during a parade marking Queen Elizabeth's official birthday earlier this month. The army said he had been demoted to fusilier (private) as a result of his behavior. "The goat major had a hard time keeping him in line, he was bouncing...
  • Heroes of Basra Riot Among 70 honoured for bravery in Iraq

    03/27/2006 2:49:43 PM PST · by centurion316 · 1 replies · 221+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 03/24/2006 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    Heroes of Basra riot among 70 honoured for bravery in Iraq Richard Norton-Taylor Friday March 24, 2006 They also include a bomb disposal officer awarded the George Cross - which ranks with the Victoria Cross as the highest award for gallantry - and a Royal Marine who led an assault in his river craft which, in the words of the Ministry of Defence, "unhinged the enemy". Lieutenant Colonel James Woodham of the Royal Anglian Regiment is awarded the Military Cross for his role in charge of negotiations when the two SAS soldiers were arrested by Iraqi police in Basra last...
  • Men are too rough to train with, Army tells women

    11/07/2005 10:11:42 PM PST · by Firefigher NC · 26 replies · 913+ views
    The Army is abandoning mixed-sex training units because too many female recruits are getting injured trying to keep up with their male counterparts. From next April, women will be placed in their own platoons and although the training regime will remain the same, it will be conducted at a pace 'sustainable and commensurate with their physical profile'.
  • What's in emergency ration packs? [British send aid to Katrina victims]

    09/07/2005 1:18:34 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 53 replies · 2,051+ views
    BBC News Magazine ^ | September 7, 2005 | Jonathan Duffy
    What's in [British] emergency ration packs? By Jonathan Duffy BBC News Magazine They're standard-issue to British squaddies in Iraq, but now half a million Army ration packs are being sent to victims in the hurricane disaster zone. What will they make of them? We sample the contents. The food is a long way from the gumbo, crawfish and Cajun-inspired cuisine Louisiana is renowned for, but to those caught up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina it could be a lifesaver. The UK is flying half a million military ration packs to the disaster zone in the southern states of the...
  • The plan that Blair and Chirac hatched will spell the end of the 'British' Army

    07/24/2005 10:26:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 29 replies · 1,333+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 24/07/2005 | Christopher Booker
    Last week a furore rightly erupted over the insistence of Ministry of Defence officials that soldiers engaged in Iraq must face prosecution for alleged offences against the European Convention on Human Rights. Earlier this month in the House of Lords, six former Chiefs of the Defence Staff joined forces to protest that this posed a major threat to the morale and future efficiency of the British Army. Only gradually emerging, however, from behind veils of official obfuscation, are the details of another, equally serious threat to the army's future, as MoD officials plan to lock it into a fully integrated...
  • They'll destroy the qualities that made our [UK] Forces great

    07/20/2005 9:01:40 PM PDT · by Heatseeker · 12 replies · 656+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 07/21/2005 | Tim Collins
    May 2003 was an uncomfortable time in Iraq. The President of the United States had just announced that combat operations were complete and force levels were beginning to be reduced, following the defeat of the Iraqi army in the field. But the vacuum that had been created by the toppling of the Ba'athist regime of Saddam Hussein had not been filled - and clearly the people needed some form of leadership after 35 years of one-party rule. That vacuum was made more severe by the removal of the Iraqi army and police, resulting in an outbreak of lawlessness that was...
  • (British) Soldier wins Victoria Cross for Iraq bravery

    03/17/2005 5:08:17 PM PST · by free_european · 21 replies · 1,940+ views
    A British soldier serving in Iraq who saved 30 members of his unit from an ambush has been awarded the first Victoria Cross for more than 20 years. Private Johnson Beharry, 25, was struck by enemy fire as he guided a convoy of Warrior fighting vehicles through the town of Al Amarah last May. A month later he saved more lives in an attack which left him in a coma. Mr Beharry is one of 140 servicemen and women honoured for Iraq, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia and Africa. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said: "These honours and awards recognise the outstanding...
  • Zulu:The Battle of Rorke’s Drift: 22-23 January 1879

    01/23/2005 9:39:11 AM PST · by ijcr · 35 replies · 9,602+ views
    Military History Online ^ | 2002 | Gilbert Padilla
    We've all seen the marvellous movie'Zulu', where the heroic Welsh garrison at Rorke's Drift match the power of the awesome Zulu Impis. The Two Armies By the middle of the nineteenth century Great Britain held two colonies in southern Africa, the Cape Colony and Natal. These stretched from the southern tip of the continent (the Cape) upwards along its eastern coast (Natal). In the interior of the region were two independent Boer republics, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. Among these European enclaves were the remnants of the original African nations, the strongest of which was the Zulu kingdom,...
  • £1.9 bn portable radio system gets a poor reception from Army

    01/04/2005 6:01:37 AM PST · by ijcr · 48 replies · 886+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/01/2005 | Michael Smith
    The Army's new £1.9 billion (almost US $4 Billion) communications system is facing such serious problems that the Director of Infantry initially refused to accept the portable radio into service. Brig Jamie Balfour was ordered to take the radio "for political reasons" despite a series of issues that make it "totally unsuitable" for use in front-line infantry operations. Troops complain that Bowman is not strong enough for combat use Brig Balfour told a recent briefing at the School of Infantry: "All the rumours you've heard. It is as bad as you've heard. "But we have been told that, politically, we...
  • Bigley's killers claim responsibility for Black Watch suicide bombing.

    11/06/2004 1:58:09 PM PST · by dinok · 74 replies · 4,350+ views ^ | Sat 6 Nov 2004 | IAN JOHNSTON and GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN
    Paul Lowe, right, with cousin Barry, left, and brother Craig. Paul was killed two days ago. Picture: Tim Ockenden/ PA THE killers of the British hostage Kenneth Bigley last night claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the Black Watch in Iraq in which three soldiers died. The followers of the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said they carried out the bombing on Thursday, according to a statement on an Islamic website. Iraq’s most wanted group made the chilling claim as a bitter political row broke out at home over the regiment’s re-deployment in support of American troops. On...
  • One bloody month

    10/03/2004 9:12:36 AM PDT · by ijcr · 2 replies · 556+ views
    Soldier Magazine ^ | OCTOBER 2004 | Graham Diggines
    BRITISH troops in Iraq were engaged in an intensity of combat during August not experienced by the Army for many decades. The Commander of 1st Mechanised Brigade, Brig Andrew Kennett, has suggested British soldiers last faced such an onslaught during the Korean War. The level of fighting staggered troops from Op Telic 1 and turned fresh-faced squaddies into battle-hardened soldiers. While violence erupted in Basra, the scenes were even more desperate in Al Amarah. The month of unrest was triggered by American attempts to seize the holy city of Najaf and lead to Shia fundamentalists targeting all coalition troops. British...
  • Ex-Deepcut instructor facing jail for sexual assaults on soldiers

    09/07/2004 7:03:25 PM PDT · by ijcr · 4 replies · 540+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/09/2004 | Sally Pook
    A former training instructor at Deepcut Army barracks in Surrey faces a jail sentence after admitting five sex attacks on young soldiers. Leslie Skinner, 46, changed his plea moments before he was due to stand trial yesterday at Kingston Crown Court. A further four counts of indecent assault and one of male rape were allowed to lie on file. Leslie Skinner arriving at court yesterday Surrey Police said the attacks were not connected to the deaths of four recruits found with gunshot wounds at the barracks between 1995 and 2002. But the parents of two of the dead said Skinner's...
  • Thin Red Line, Getting Thinner

    08/12/2004 10:05:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 554+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2004 | Eliot Cohen
    A chill ran down the spines of admirers of the British army when they heard that the green-eyeshade lads at the Treasury may be about to do with word processors what generations of Frenchmen, Americans, Indians, Burmese, Egyptians, Afrikaners, Germans, Japanese, Chinese and the IRA couldn't do with bullet, bayonet, shell, sword and bomb: wipe out the Black Watch. That Scottish regiment, once the 42nd of Foot, has served Britain with extraordinary valor for 2 1/2 centuries. Some of its story belongs to Americans as well: At Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York stands a small cairn with a shiny...
  • Army's £92m rifles 'still jamming'

    02/27/2003 11:30:26 PM PST · by green team 1999 · 37 replies · 1,949+ views
    Times online ^ | feb-28-2003 | By Daniel McGrory in Kuwait and Michael Evans
    February 28, 2003 Army's £92m rifles 'still jamming' By Daniel McGrory in Kuwait and Michael Evans SOME British troops training for war in Iraq are complaining that their SA80 rifles, modified at a cost of £92 million, are still jamming. A group of soldiers approached The Times in Kuwait and said that the rifle, now called SA80-A2, had jammed on numerous occasions. An army captain who asked not to be identified said that live firing exercises had been carried out on board ships taking them to the Gulf. “In the past, dust and sand have been blamed for jamming, but...
  • Peace Activists Chained to Tanks As British Army Set for Iraq Invasion (Greenpeace again)

    02/04/2003 4:36:28 PM PST · by knighthawk · 25 replies · 651+ views
    Islam Online ^ | Februari 04 2003
    LONDON, February 4 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - As several activists of the Green Peace organization chained themselves Tuesday, February 4, to tanks in the southern British city of Southampton, protesting the looming U.S.-led war on Iraq, the British army received orders to be on standby for a forthcoming invasion of Iraq. The demonstrators went to a military harbor in the city and chained themselves to the tanks in a bid to impede the transit of U.K. weaponry to the Gulf, BBC news online reported. "It is worth taking such a risk if we are to succeed in heading off...
  • Lawmaker says British army short of boots

    12/07/2002 10:16:35 PM PST · by Black Powder · 9 replies · 257+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 5, 2002 | none
    LONDON - British troops training for possible war in Iraq have been forced to wear sneakers because the military is short of boots, a lawmaker said Thursday. Opposition Conservative Party legislator James Gray said soldiers had told him of the problem when he visited a regiment recently. "They said to me, 'This is ridiculous. Why can't we get proper boots?'" he said. "They said it was all right if you're a size 1 or a size 12, but if you are 8, 9 or 10, as most people are, then there is a real problem." "It is simply extraordinary," he...
  • Tanks, Guns And Boots All Failed (Brit) Army In Desert

    08/02/2002 7:16:44 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies · 381+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | August 1, 2002 | Philip Johnston
    London Daily Telegraph August 1, 2002 Pg. 1 Tanks, Guns And Boots All Failed Army In Desert By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Only half of the British Army's main battle tanks were left operational during a major exercise in the Gulf last year when their engines became clogged with dust after a few hours in the desert. Other equipment, from guns to boots, also failed to withstand the rigours of Operation Swift Sword - raising major questions over the Army's capacity to participate in a land assault against Iraq. An investigation by the National Audit Office published today found...