Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In the wake of HMS Sheffield (D80) Full Documentary


Monday, 27 July 2015

All that glitters is not gold

All that glitters is not gold

Just like enemy tracer rounds
They can hypnotise you as they fly
Seeming to have no sound
Ours are green there’s are yellow
They bounce of rocks and disappear
Writing their name in the black sky
They can fill a soldier with fear
Your shoulder ache as you blast away
Flashes illuminating your mates
Sustained fire to the enemy front
Sending your foe to their fate
Back home in Blighty on Bonfire night
Sends you back thirty years to that hill
Where all that glittered was not gold
Not then for fun more to kill.

© Tony McNally


Sunday, 26 July 2015

British soldier dies three years after Afghanistan shooting

A British soldier has died in hospital from wounds sustained in Afghanistan in 2012, the Ministry of Defence has said. L/Cpl Michael Campbell, of Colwyn Bay, north Wales, was shot while on patrol with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh. The Army reservist died at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday. Colleagues described the 32-year-old as an "outstanding soldier" who was "determined" and "courageous". It means 454 UK service personnel died as a result of the Afghanistan mission. 'Welsh warrior' Paying tribute to him, the MoD said : "L/Cpl Campbell epitomised everything a reservist in 3 R Welsh should be - dedicated, professional and willing to volunteer on operations wherever he was required, a true Welsh warrior. "The battalion has lost a charismatic and loyal friend and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Chrissy and his wider family at this very difficult time." Colleagues have also paid tribute to L/Cpl Campbell, who they called a "true reservist". Retired Lt Col Stephen Webb said: "He was an outstanding soldier and very talented junior commander: skilful, determined, measured and very courageous: he set an excellent example to those around him." Maj Charlie Carver said L/Cpl Campbell was "one of life's true characters". He said: "One of the reasons that he was able to fit seamlessly into the company was his keen sense of humour; he excelled at the banter which only soldiers seem to understand." Read more HERE R.I.P.



Saturday, 25 July 2015

HL1489 – Falkland Islands: Armed Forces (Answered)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated annual cost to the public purse of maintaining the United Kingdom’s military presence in the Falkland Islands.

Earl Howe. The total annual running cost of the garrison in the Falkland Islands (including infrastructure costs) is around £85 million. In addition, as part of the Falkland Islands Defence Review, £180 million will be invested in improvements to the infrastructure over the next ten years.Read more HERE 

(RG) Worth every penny


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