Happy Birthday, Sir Harry Flashman!

Why, it’s Flashy’s birthday, damn your eyes! (Seven-Echo wrote in to remind me, and not a moment too soon, either.) Raise a glass, pinch the serving girl, and kick your native servants!

British Para Awarded Victoria Cross

A British Para, was awarded the Victoria Cross by the Queen in part for saving the life of American Marine Captain. Three cheers for Lance Cpl. Joshua Leakey.

“Huge Paratrooper Jump Today [sic] Over Bragg”

Not today, but rather yesterday, 13 April. Still, highly motivating: More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations’ airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 900 paratroopers from the United Kingdom’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, […]

Soldier Wins Victoria Cross

Over at the Telegraph is an article on the member of the Paras who won the Victoria Cross. “You don’t really think what could happen to yourself, you think ‘how is what I’m doing now going to improve the situation?’”

Good Pieces of Kit

Laminated and taken to the field since 1066! This is really fascinating, and you could spend a lot of time– time well spent, I’d say– poring over the lists and the photos. (You’ll have to overlook some problems with the weapons terminology and description, such as calling the 7.62 L1A1 (the FAL) of Falklands War fame a “very light” rifle. But we’re dealing with Limey pinko journalists here, and what do they know about guns??) Still– a pretty nifty look at the Soldier’s Load.

Why We Should Not Act

I grew up in the background of the Iraq War.  Many people said then that it was the wrong war.  Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator.  The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us.  Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different.  What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear.  It was to establish a “City […]

Only a Mature Bureaucracy Could Say This

Over at Defense News they had an article on the further reduction of the British Army.  I love the use of the word redundancies, only a mature bureaucracy would say that for job losses. The announcement of nearly 1,000 regular Army redundancies,

1 shot = 6 kills

1 shot = 6 kills for British sniper at a 1/2 mile.

Food For Our Souls

My wife pointed the site of the British Legion out to me, believe me I was overwhelmed.  The sentiments are sincere and reflect the loss that is still felt in the United Kingdom today.  I share a poem dedicated to our Brothers and Sisters in Arms of the Naval Services: IN WATERS DEEP In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in ordered row, Their young hearts sleep… beneath the wave… The spirited, the good, the brave, But stars a constant vigil keep, For them who lie beneath the deep. ‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer On certain […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net–Thursday Edition

Stray Shots From Around the Web.  I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane.  So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac)  and two dogs. Item 1:  Our USAF Missile […]