Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Falklands: The Battle of Mount Longdon

Aged just 17 – and officially too young to go to war – Mike Southall took part in the battle to secure Mount Longdon.It was the night of June 11, 1982. The soldiers of 3 Para, each carrying 130lb on their backs, had been marching across unforgiving terrain in freezing temperatures for two weeks, sleeping in the open, when the Company Sergeant Major gathered them together. “If you have anybody up there,” he told them, pointing skywards, “you might want to have a word with them because some of us are not going to see daylight tomorrow.” Mike Southall was one of those soldiers. He was just 17, a private fresh out of training, and had never been further from home than Ireland. Officially he was too young to go to war, but he had chosen to go anyway. He looked at the sergeant major as if to say “I hope you’re not serious”, then he glanced at his mate, Jason Burt, also 17. “He just gave me that look where you lift your eyes upwards – he was killed that night. I think at that stage I was scared for the first time.” They had reached the base of Mount Longdon without being spotted by the 200 Argentine troops who had spent the past month turning the mountain into a fortress. But when Corporal Brian Milne stepped on an anti-tank mine, all hell broke loose. “There was a flash, a bang and then screaming,” recalls Southall. “I was terrified, we realised we were in a mine field and we were told to run for the rocks. Seconds later the Argentinians opened up, firing at us with everything. I ran and found myself on my own, I had lost the rest of my section and the company. I had been spotted and some Argentines began to engage me. Read more HERE

"In the UK a 17 year old cannot legally drink in a pub, vote, watch an 18 rated movie , ironically even one about war, but he can however fight in a brutal battle the most vicious British troops had fought since the Korean War."



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Special Operations Fire-fight in Iraq (US Special Forces )

According to the video description, this was a Spec Ops raid in Sadr City to capture or kill high value targets. The accuracy of that description cannot be confirmed. The unit takes contact on their exfil and responds with a parade of high volume fire.

Battle stress: The hidden price of the Falklands conflict

As the the 30th anniversary of the start of the war is marked, Paratrooper Les Standish remembers the horror more than ever.Staring into the eyes of his enemy, Paratrooper Les Standish saw something that still makes his blood run cold three decades on. “It was the look of fear and I’ll never forget it,” he says quietly, the memory as raw now as it was in 1982. “The guy knew he was going to die, and that I was going to kill him. It has haunted me ever since.” Harrowing scenes that Les, then 21, saw during the Falklands War were so devastating the 2 Para veteran has never been able to get them out of his mind. Nightmares, flashbacks and never-ending turmoil sent him spiralling into a deep depression that has continued long after Argentina surrendered on June 14, 1982. As the two countries yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the start of the conflict, Les remembers the horror more than ever – and he is far from alone. During the two-month war 255 British troops were killed. But that figure has been eclipsed by the number of Falklands veterans who have committed suicide – currently around 300, according to the South Atlantic Medal Association. Ten years after the conflict, Les, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. And he warns that Britain is now a “ticking timebomb” as veterans of recent wars face up to the same demons. Now 51, he says: “PTSD has existed since the First World War but is still not recognised by the Government. "Veterans don’t get the help they need. Now we’ve got Iraq one and two, Bosnia and Afghanistan. “If the Falklands statistics are anything to go by, in the next five or 10 years there will be a suicide epidemic. “It’s a ticking timebomb. Thankfully, I got help and I learnt how to cope. But every bit of help I’ve had has come from charities – the Government does nothing.”Read more HERE


Monday, 21 April 2014

The Falklands invasion, by those who were there

Making tea for the enemy; sleeping in trenches; making new friends; burying old ones. 30 years on, eyewitnesses to the Falklands War look back.‘The Argentines were very twitchy about transmissions’ David Pole-Evans, 53, runs a farm on Saunders Island, and during the invasion helped his late father pass on invaluable intelligence to British troops through short wave radio My father, Tony, was doing two things that the Argentines wouldn’t have liked during the war. He was operating a low-powered VHF radio, at our farm on Saunders Island, to gather information from other farms, and then he was passing it on to his friend Les Hamilton in Scotland, using the short-wave radio. I helped him with the VHF set. We had an internal aerial for this, and we operated just outside the normal band, so the Argentines were unlikely to pick us up. I know they were very twitchy about transmissions and were trying to stop them, but I don’t think they ever picked up my father and Les on short wave, otherwise they would have been straight round. Read more HERE


Sunday, 20 April 2014

You know your Argentine when

1. 1765 is after 1830

2.UN Human Rights laws do not apply to Argentina

3. Don't question your government if you like what they say.

4. Senior Statemen will openly release statements that show a level of diplomatic immaturity that would make Mugabe blush.

5. Creating Signs and monuments to a non existent place called Narnia , oops I meant Malvinas.

6. When your inflation rate reaches at least 40 % and your Financial Minister doesn't know basic economics and storms out of a press conference, you start burning British Flags and start calling all Brits Piratas.

7. You worship someone called Cohen who is supposed to be an expert of international law but has no idea of what Uti Posseditis means.

8. You claim other nations are Usurpers but your whole history is based on invasion and occupation.

9. You claim 3000 people are not entitled to live in there own homes but state with no sense of Irony you would do whatever you had to do to defend the motherland.

10. Your nation lives on a perpetual loop of 10 year financial collapses and yet your nation thinks you fix this by creating trade restrictions and stopping moment of money, will work.

11. You attempt to be superior with no reason to suppose the person you are belittle is any less intelligent or knowledgeable that you as an attempt to hide your own insecurities.

12. You claim that someone who's families have lived somewhere for 9 generations is an invader and your own President is only 2 generations Argies.

13. You can say that you want to debate but you write into your constitution that debate is not allowed and once again you fail to see the irony.

14. You can sign in a treaty that any prior claim is null and void but only when it suits you.

15. You can sneakily Usurp a population from Tierra Del Fuego and then blame everyone else for Usurping.

16. You can call nations Piratas but it's ok to steal entire Corporate entities.





Saturday, 19 April 2014

After a bloody battle a Royal Marine found an enemy camera.

It was a long, hard and often terrifying battle fought in the bitter cold of a midwinter’s night in the South Atlantic. Decades have since passed, but Nick Taylor remembers every detail of the assault on the mountain peaks of the Two Sisters: the snow, the shouting, the rock-strewn ascent through the darkness, the red tracer bullets and exploding mortars launched by the Argentinian troops entrenched on the mountain above. Bayonets were fixed as Nick and his fellow Marines inched up the bleak incline towards the enemy machine guns. Their brave capture of the twin summits in June 1982, was a small moment in history – a strategic victory that opened the way for the liberation of Stanley two days later, and the Falkland Islands themselves. But for Nick there is a deeper, more personal significance to the terrible events of that night, which is why, 30 years on, he is to be found back on the same slopes, the same Falklands wind beating his face as he embraces a middle-aged lawyer from Buenos Aires. Read more HERE