Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Falklands War veteran Jimmy looks back at beating death on Mount Longdon

Scouser was shot in head and face, but lived to tell the tale in new book."I was at death’s door. I had dressings covering my face to stop the blood and remember being loaded onto a stretcher. I heard one of the guys carrying me say ‘This one’s alive’ and the other said ‘Is he? Let’s take him back, then’. “There was a makeshift mortuary – and I think I was being taken there to be placed with the dead.” This is the incredible story of Scouser Jimmy O’Connell. The incredible story of a bitter and bloody battle and a brave battalion. And it’s being told by the man, himself. Former Liverpool black cab driver Jimmy, 53, isn’t just a Falklands’ hero and newly- published author – he’s also a master of understatement. Recalling the battle that helped win the Falklands War, almost robbed him of his life – and certainly changed it forever – the former private in the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, describes it as “a bit of a dust-up”. Sitting in his home in Orrell Park, the former paratrooper, who has just written Three Days In June, an account of the Battle of Mount Longdon, recalls: “We got caught in artillery and machine gun fire. “I was hit in the head and face – a bullet went through my nose and took out my cheekbone and right eye. “I expected to get hit again because there was that much stuff coming down around me. I thought ‘I can’t see myself getting out of this one’. “They couldn’t get helicopters to the wounded for 12 hours, so it was only then that I was able to be evacuated and properly treated.” Read more HERE


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Rogue Gunners ice bucket challenge.

I suppose it was inevitable but I was challenged to the ice bucket challenge. I chose to make a donation to a great charity that helps veterans with PTSD TALKING2MINDS

Sad end for HMS Plymouth

HMS Plymouth, once the proud centre-piece of Wirral’s historic warships display, is facing an ignominious end.

The warship, on which Argentina acknowledged defeat in the Falkland War, will leave Merseyside this month for a Turkish scrapyard, where it will be “recycled.”

Peel Ports, which owns the dock, confirmed the frigate’s fate. The vessel has languished in Birkenhead’s East Float Dock for the past two years since HMS Plymouth Association conceded that nothing more could be done to save her.

A spokesman for Peel said today: "We can confirm that HMS Plymouth will leave Birkenhead Docks and the River Mersey this month and will be recycled in accordance with statutory and regulatory permits associated with her transit and recycling programme."Read more HERE  

I didn't want to post of photo of HMS Plymouth sadly rusting away ready to be scrapped and turned into tin cans and razor blades, I have posted a photo of her in her prime, I will always remember her in her finest hour in the Falklands War. Good bye old girl.


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