Sunday, 10 April 2016

Pegasus Bridge the Movie – the Brits own ‘Band of Brothers’? The director tells us more

Historically, some of the best war films ever made have been British. That kind of ended when Hollywood stepped up and dominated the film and entertainment market (after all they did have the budgets to do so). This history of WWII is mainly seen through the eyes of the U.S.A. and their involvement.
Sadly, this has slightly put a bent on history and has been further reinforced by the computer games. Furthermore, Hollywood has also been responsible for some rewrites of history when churning out films, U-571 comes to mind. The fictitious plot attracted substantial criticism since, in reality, it was British personnel from HMS Bulldog who first captured a naval Enigma machine (from U-110 in the North Atlantic in May 1941), months before the U.S. had even entered the war. The anger over the inaccuracies even reached the British Parliament, where Prime Minister Tony Blair stated that the film was an “affront” to British sailors.

And more recently Brad Pitts Fury. Should have been a great film but really did leave everyone disappointed, the ending was a real failure and the lack of reality in the Tiger v Shermans was laughable. Many people have said that they have watched it once and wouldn’t bother again. Don’t think it is going to go down as an epic. As someone pointed out, it should have gone straight to DVD and sold in supermarkets.



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Teen who slept in graveyards and ate from skips set to become a soldier after turning life around

Paul Matthews went from “rock bottom” to completing Be The Best, an army residential course, and is now hopeful of winning his place with the corps. A teenager forced to rummage through skips and sleep in graveyards for more than a year after becoming homeless has turned his life around. Paul Matthews is now well on his way to forging a career with the Royal Engineers. Read more Here


Friday, 8 April 2016

Why A British soldier and George Medal Recipient Has To Sleep In His Car

One of the youngest recipients of the George Medal says better support is needed for members of the British Armed Forces who leave the military with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Medically-trained fusilier Daniel Smith, from Rochdale, tried to help fellow soldiers in Iraq who had received terrible injuries.

The vehicle patrol he was part of was hit by roadside bombs twice in a week in 2005. The Ministry of Defence citation when he received his medal, at the age of just 21, said:

 "With no regard for his own safety and with his focus firmly on saving those in the vehicle, he commenced the evacuation of the casualties from the burning chaos."

(RG) I guess this sums up what is wrong with our Country.



Thursday, 7 April 2016

screaming in silence updated

This revised version on my promotional video now has the correct number of British servicemen killed in the Falklands War at 255...R.I.P.



Tuesday, 5 April 2016

screaming in silence

Falklands hero denied Victoria Cross because ‘too many were given out’

IT WAS one of the most controversial military decisions in recent times – not to award a Victoria Cross to a Falklands hero because too many of the medals had been given out already. Now a new book has argued that Stephen Illingsworth, who died during the battle for Goose Green on May 28, 1982, may not have been awarded the highest honour for gallantry because he lacked friends in high places. The 20-year-old private had already risked almost certain death to rescue a wounded comrade earlier on the same day. The man had been shot in the back by Argentine forces and was lying injured in no man’s land when Ilingsworth, of B company, 2 Para, left the safety of his own lines and braved enemy fire to give the wounded man first aid. Together with another soldier, he managed to remove the man’s webbing, which included spare ammunition, and carry him to safety. Read more Here