Saturday, 30 June 2007

STORY OF FALKLANDS GURKHA HERO BANNED FROM BRITAIN



The humiliation of brave Gurkhas like Mr Pun VC and Lance Corporal Rai highlights our Government's shoddy treatment of all "our" honourable Gurkha-soldier veterans. You can continue to support our Gurkhas and Lance Corporal Rai by asking your friends to visit this website and by joining our campaign by writing to their MPs and the Government Minister for Immigration, Liam Byrne.
Gyanendra Rai has been told that he does not have "close ties" to the United Kingdom, and is not welcome in this country. What follows is an extract from Lance Corporal Rai's account, in his own words, of events at Bluff Cove in June 1982, and thereafter:-. Read The Rest Here

(RG) Its not hard to get angry at the way this Labour Government has treated the UK Armed Forces. But after reading about how the Gurkhas are not allowed into the UK after having served Britain in Wars like the Falklands has my blood pressure dangerously high. These brave men could try and make there way to France and then get into the UK and claim asylum but they are honourable brave men, with pride and would never think of doing anything underhand, they are everything that this Labour Government are not. I would like to apologise to these men and I feel ashamed of my Country they are the victims of discrimination. If you are an American reading this and you have watched the trooping of the colour at Buckingham Palace, realise that there are many many brave ex British soldiers that have been betrayed by the UK in a far of place called Nepal.

Friday, 29 June 2007

Falklands tribute to british victory, 25 years!




If ever the Argentines are foolish enough to try and invade the Falklands again I recommend that this song is played to the task force, it is certainly motivational.



© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Blair is gone but his legacy continues.




It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of two soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and one soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Regiment of Wales) in Basra, southern Iraq this morning, Thursday 28 June 2007.

The three soldiers were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device attack. The device detonated at approximately 0100 hrs local time against the soldiers, who were dismounted from a Warrior patrol in the Al Amtahiya district in the south east of Basra City, RIP.
Read It Here

Shuffling down the street trying to keep warm
The water was in his sock now, his boots seen better days
As he had many moons ago when bristling with pride and youth
Now hunched against a railway bridge his collar chaffed his kneck
Smiling down at him a Labour poster promising him a future
Laughing he coughed up flem and spat it at the face
Trying to stand pain shot up his spine
His mind propeled back in time
Top cover in Basra a road side bomb `BANG` it all went black
Rain lashed the veteran`s face as he limped into the emptiness
Looking back at the flem he giggled like he did in the block
"Shot Over," "Splash Over" he was happy for a while.


© Tony McNally.


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Wednesday, 27 June 2007

7 Para RA




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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

RIP Terry Walker



TERRY WALKER, BRITISH GULF WAR SYNDROME
CAMPAIGNER, DIES AT AGE 48 -- Family firmly convinced
that his exposure to radiation and innoculations in the
Gulf War was the ultimate root cause of his death.
Terry Walker is well-known to Gulf War vets from many countries for his never-ending battle with the British government over Gulf War Syndrome. Read The Rest Here

Terry was a brave soldier that put his life on the line for his country and he was repaid by the MOD with 60% of his War Pension taken away by the heartless civil servants in the MOD. Shame on them.

© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Monday, 25 June 2007

You served your country well.



(RG) The above video portrays American servicemen and their service to their Nation. The sentiments expressed in the video can be equally used for our British Forces. Regardless of the politics they are all Heroes.

Why do US veterans make up a quarter of the nation's homeless?

There are more homeless veterans in the United States than active-duty troops deployed in Iraq, including those deployed as part of the "surge."
"We are a nation that will keep its commitments to those who have risked their lives for our freedom," President Bush said last Veterans Day. He urged veterans to wear their medals that day, and Americans to walk up to them "and shake a hand and give a hug, and give a word of thanks." Would they do that with a homeless veteran? Would he?
Perhaps the exact route from service and possible combat abroad to streets, parks and bus stations back home is intractable. How the Army turns individuals into soldiers, what happens to soldiers in combat, and what the Army does to soldiers once they're discharged, isn't intractable at all. It reads like a blueprint for social dislocation.
To prepare soldiers for combat, the Army demolishes the individual and reconstructs him as a killing machine. It makes no secret about the method or the goal. That's what basic training is about. In combat zones, soldiers adapt to sets of rules that have a coherence all their own but no application in the civilian world. What soldiers experience in combat is a life-changing experience severe enough that a third of soldiers returning from combat will develop mental-health issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, suicidal tendencies, and/or an inability to cope with the "normal" life they once knew, including family, friends, spouses. After so many years' experience with war zones and veterans (25 million as of 2006), you'd expect the Army to have developed the means and will to deal with its returning soldiers. Read The Rest Here


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

British soldier killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 24 June 2007





It is with profound sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in southern Afghanistan today, Sunday 24 June 2007.
The soldier Drummer Thomas Wright, aged 21, was killed at around 09.58 hrs local time roughly six kilometres outside of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. The soldier’s armoured ‘Snatch’ land rover was escorting a military team surveying the site for a new road project linking several Afghan villages in the Babaji area when it was caught in an explosion.
Read It Here RIP.
© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Why the MOD is not fit for purpose.


A BURLY Army sergeant is having a £30,000 sex change — paid for by the Ministry of Defence.
Rugby-playing former commando David Penny, 40, has changed his name to Deborah and wears false boobs under his uniform.
Off duty, the Royal Green Jackets bomb disposal unit veteran is allowed to totter around the mess in stilettos, a skirt and tight-fitting tops as he awaits his op.
And we can reveal his comrades are outraged — not so much by Penny's sex swap, but by the fact the ARMY is shelling out for it Read It Here

(RG) All I can say is thank fuck I’m not in this so called army today what a laughing stock we are becoming. Aside from that think of the body armour and other essential equipment the lads in Iraq could have used with the £30,000. In my opinion if David Penny wants his cock cutting off, then do it himself it’s a waste of tax payers money, or send him to Iraq I’m sure there is an Iraqui militant ready to do it for nothing.

Hat Tip Theo Spark


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Yet Another British Soldier Killed In Basra.




It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal John Rigby from 4th Battalion The Rifles in Basra, southern Iraq on Friday 22 June 2007.

Corporal John Rigby, left of picture, with twin brother Will
Corporal Rigby, aged 24, from Rye, died from injuries sustained by a roadside bomb attack in Basra Read It Here RIP.

© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

What a dog!


He is hairless, aside from a straggly mohawk, looks like a Gremlin, has bug eyes, a tongue lolling to the side of his mouth and dribbles uncontrollably.Read It Here

(RG)I couldn’t help but think that this would make a good pet for Cherie Blair, but then I thought I would rather wake up to this little fellow at the bottom of my bed than that truly ugly dog, just change the above from He to she, it works quite well.


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Friday, 22 June 2007

BBC Panorama The Falklands War outbreak 1982




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Thursday, 21 June 2007

British Soldier Killed In Basra.




It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Major Paul Harding from 4th Battalion The Rifles in Basra City on Wednesday 20 June 2007.
Major Harding died as a result of an indirect fire attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Centre in Basra in the early hours of the morning, local time. Aged 48, Major Harding lived in Winchester with his wife and two sons.Read It Here RIP.

Sleep safe in your beds
Il protect you abroad
The colours are flying
I’m ready my Lord
Just give me my gun
And a large shot of rum
Il lay baked white and dry
In the hot Basra Sun.


© Tony McNally


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Healing the Falklands heroes



TWENTY-FIVE years ago 27,000 British servicemen earned themselves a place in history by winning the Falklands War.
June 1982 saw our forces successfully defeating the Argentineans – but many of those involved have spent the rest of their lives wrestling with the memories. They were mostly young men in their early 20s and many of them had never been involved in a major conflict before.
Three short months after the war they were back on the streets of Britain wondering just what they had witnessed.
Decades later many of those brave men have felt the need to return to the Falkland Islands to fight yet another battle – this time a deeply personal one.
Rock legend Mark Knopfler has re-recorded his Dire Straits hit Brothers In Arms to raise money for a Falkland veterans’ charity. The support group sends potentially suicidal heroes back to the islands to help them overcome their psychological trauma.
Here, four veterans explain why buying the charity single could help change the life of our Armed Forces heroes. Read It Here


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

30 More Years in Afghanistan?


The UK presence in Afghanistan will need to remain for decades to help rebuild the country, British ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles has said.
"The task of standing up a government of Afghanistan that is sustainable is going to take a very long time," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
He added that the Afghan people wanted the UK presence to help resist the Taleban and develop the country.
Extra diplomatic staff are being deployed to Afghanistan this year.
"The message we are getting, the message I had only last week down in Helmand from the people of the villages there, was, 'Please protect us from the Taleban,'" said Sir Sherard. Read It Here

(RG) Well that’s something to look forward to ay 30 more years in Afghanistan one positive is the MOD have 30 years to sort their disgraceful record out on supporting the troops, Hmmmmn Im not so sure if 30 years will make much difference to the guys on the ground apart from larger War memorials? if so hopefully I will be dead by then.


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

The Sacrifice our young men and woman are making Today.



NOT many would consider him lucky. Except, that is, Lance Corporal Craig Lundberg himself.
Craig - Freddie to his pals in the 2nd battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment - was hit in the chest by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving in Basra in March.
The field doctors who battled for 12 hours to save his life are astonished that he survived. Alive, but very badly damaged.
This week, as the British death toll in Iraq reached 150, surgeons broke the news that he will never see again.
And yet the Liverpool lad who also suffered horrific facial injuries and terrible burns during the fierce roof-top firefight with Iraqi insurgents considers himself one of the fortunate ones.Read The Rest Here

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Monday, 18 June 2007

Thousands of veterans have marked the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.




Vets march along Whitehall
At the same time a poignant service was held 8,000 miles away in the South Atlantic.
It was the first time identical tributes were made in the two places in such a way.
The commemoration service in Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, focused on the human side of the conflict.
It highlighted the courage and sacrifices made by the service personnel involved, their families and the islanders.
At the same time a Drumhead Service of Remembrance was held in San Carlos Military Cemetery. Read It Here

(RG) I did not attend the parade as I had been in London on Wed & Thursday. As I have stated previously I am hoping to return to the Islands in November I am not really interested in parades and medals and pomp & curcumstance I just want to sit quitely at San Carlos and Fitzroy. Myself and my best mate and Falklands veteran Eddy Denmark have decided that if one of us is picked to go to the Falklands then the other one will not go,its together or not at all like it was in 82.

Grim Choices Facing Armed Forces




For all three services, the recapture of the Falklands was a proud victory.
Codenamed Operation Corporate, the dispatch of a task force carrying 28,000 personnel 8,000 miles to the other side of the world was unprecedented since D-Day.
To then fight and defeat a superior, well defended force established just a few hundred miles from home was an outstanding feat of arms.
But on this 25th anniversary, living on past glory is a luxury the military cannot afford. The forces have rarely faced so many problems.
Filling the ranks is a dilemma across all three services. It's caused by what recruiters term the "Mum factor".
Read It Here

(RG) Personally I think the “Labour factor” is more significant.


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Falklands 25 today on TV.


For UK readers you may be interested in tuning in to BBC1 at 2`Oclock this afternoon to watch coverage of the Falklands 25 parade in London Read It Here


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

A British soldier has been killed in Iraq




Rodney Wilson, the 150th British victim
The soldier - from Badger Squadron, the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment - died today following a road traffic accident.
It happened in the As Sarraji district south of Basra.
The soldier was in a Warrior armoured vehicle when it rolled off a bridge and landed in water, an MoD spokeswoman said.
It was travelling as part of a routine supply convoy to Basra Palace when the accident happened.
Two other soldiers sustained minor injuries in the incident. They were evacuated to a field hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.
The death brings the total number of British military fatalities since hostilities began in 2003 to 151.
Of those, 116 died in action. Read It Here RIP.


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

'Woeful' shortages put soldiers' lives at risk


The British Army is operating with "woefully inadequate" resources in Afghanistan that are putting soldiers' lives in danger, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Despite Tony Blair's promise last year that the Army would be furnished with whatever equipment it needed there are still glaring and dangerous gaps in what is being delivered on the ground.
The Daily Telegraph spent three weeks on the front line with troops in Helmand province and discovered a number of alarming kit deficiencies that are making one of the world's most hostile environments even more perilous.
A total of 55 British soldiers have been killed in Helmand since troops were deployed there last year - many of them in their late teens or early 20s. Read It Here

(RG) Tony Blair’s Promise ha ha enough said. Seeing that excuse for a politician and his ugly evil witch ofDowning Street at the Falklands War memorial service made me sick,the cow thinks shes to good to curtsy to the Queen.



© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

On the Box.


Well I’m a little more awake now than yesterday after my trip to the Capital. GMTV left it till the last minute to in form me that they wanted me on the programme and rang me at eight O clock on Wednesday morning ,they obviously have no idea where Cumbria is and think I can just jump on the tube at the last moment. I had no choice than to stay overnight as they wanted me on at six twenty in the morning on the Thursday. The first problem I encountered was at my local station, GMTV gave me a reference number and told me to pick the tickets up from the ticket Office. Not that easy as in this day and age there may be a human there but he told me that I had to get the tickets from the machine I explained that they were pre booked and I did not use my credit card to pay for them. The train was due in ten minutes so I rang GMTV and they said that is how they do things all the time, they said they would ring me back, time as ticking so I made a decision and paid for the tickets myself as if I had waited for them to ring back I would have missed the train altogether. When they finally did ring back as the train was pulling into the station they told me not to worry and they would re-reimburse me at the studio. I eventually got to London Euston and was taken to my hotel the City Inn which was a rather plush place it reminded me of the series on British TV Hotel Babylon, only all the staff seemed to be from Eastern Europe, but they were very polite. I had a meal that night and went to bed before midnight and ordered my breakfast in the room as I had to leave for the studio at five forty five. After I signed in I met Carol Thatcher in the lift, I know it was early but she was in dire need of some make-up, she stood on the opposite side of the huge lift and only spoke when I said good morning so I left it at that, I may have been wearing a South Atlantic medal but I was from a lower class and she probably thought I was the bell boy or something. After having powder spread all over my bald head and face I went in to the already franticly busy green room and sat down on the sofa and watched the TV. I was quickly ushered in to the studio at six twenty and after the news I was introduced by John Stapleton I only had about four minuets to talk and briefly explained about the events of Bluff Cove and the Galahad, then I was quickly ushered out side again and packed off to the rather packed green room again. I was reading a newspaper when the veterans minister Derrick Twigg arrived and he spotted me right away and zeroed in on me, I assumed he would be trying to second guess what I would be discussing and expected a mini interrogation but we ended up talking about Rugby League as he is from Widnes.
We were then ushered back on the sofa and watched a VT about Denzil Connick and the disgraceful problems he has had getting treatments for the nerve endings in his leg after it was blown of in the Falklands War. I told Andrew Castle the presenter how the Army told us to deal with going home by getting totally shit faced and explained truthfully that we were not made aware of the condition PTSD, even though the MOD new about it and had even sent a team of Naval psychiatrists down with the task force but never used them. I told of how a civilian GP had diagnosed me with PTSD over a decade after the Falklands War. I went on to describe in my own words the unsatisfactory use of Selly Oak in Birmingham where British soldiers are treated by the NHS after being wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan and how a British Para was attacked in his bed by a visitor who disagreed with him being in a War in the first place, talk about a duty of care, its pathetic. Twig did his usual Labour spin of how totally professional and wonderful Selly oak was and how our boys get the best treatment and after Andrew Castle had talked of the 300 Falklands veterans suicides, said how psychiatric care was now available to all veterans going back to the Falklands War. All well and good its just 25 years and 300 men to late including Mickey Quinn RIP.



© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran

Friday, 15 June 2007

The Sun like me now but no plane tickets as yet.

Well it seems like the Sun are trying to redeem themselves a little after I spoke to somone at there offices about flying back recently and through my publishers they have done a piece about my story and my book Don't forget Falklands vets


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Update.

I’m back. Apologies for the delay in posting but I have been extremely busy moving house, unfortunately because I changed my phone number as well it took 10 days for my internet to work, a pain in the arse, it’s a good job my book was finished as today everything is done via the internet. I have been doing a bit of Radio lately , Radio Cumbria Five Live and I did the Simon Mayo show on Monday. It was a discussion about ex servicemen and PTSD Derrick Twig the Veterans minister was supposed to be taking part but he chickened out at the last minute, seems about right with this Government. Tomorrow I am appearing on GMTV so UK viewers don’t forget to set you video or for posher Bloggers Sky Plus. Will give you all an update when I get back from London.


© Mack (RG) The thoughts of a Falklands War Veteran.