Monday, 31 December 2007

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Our Boys blitz Taliban bash




BRITISH commandos launched a devastating blitz on the Taliban – as the evil terrorists held a party to celebrate Benazir Bhutto’s murder.
The dawn raid was staged after messages were intercepted about the sick knees-up in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Royal Marines crept into position as the fanatics partied the night away just hours after Ms Bhutto was killed in Pakistan.
The bash was being held in ruined compounds a few hundred yards from Our Boys’ remote base in Kajaki.
Ragtag Taliban sentries tried to hit back with machine gun fire – but stood no chance against the heroes of 40 Commando’s Charlie Company.
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(RG) Typical boot necks gate crashing another party!

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Pilgrimage 2007.


Rogue Gunner with penguins in the wild at Ajax Bay


This shows a Rapier missle launcher and is on the War memorial in Stanley





This newspaper was given to me by my old troop commander Lt Waddell who retired as a Colonel. It shows me with the Mayoress after I just got of the plane back from the War in 1982.



This is my Teddy bear named Hans after I bought him in Dortmund West Germany, I took him to the Falklands with me and also decorated him for his service.




Rogue Gunner holding a sheep (Well I am from Cumbria)






Cemetery San Carlos.



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Sunday, 30 December 2007

2008: New Years Honours for Service personnel and defence civilians



127 UK Service personnel have been granted State honours by Her Majesty The Queen in her annual New Years Honours list.
46 civilians have also been honoured either for work in the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of UK Defence.
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(RG) At least these awards are justified I assume as I obviously don’t know the reasons for them, but wait till you hear the full New Years Joke Awards of some of these overpaid celebrities and fat news readers, Oh yeah and lets not forget the overpaid massively arrogant footballers who couldn’t last one day in the cookhouse heat in Afghanistan.

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Saturday, 29 December 2007

Soldier paralysed in Afghanistan back on duty




Sgt David "Paddy" Caldwell was directing mortar fire from a rooftop in Sangin in August last year when a Taliban bullet passed through his neck
Another soldier, Cpl Karl Jackson, was awarded the Military Cross for pulling him back while under enemy fire, allowing his platoon sergeant to have surgery within the crucial "golden hour".


(RG) Its great to see this brave Hero making progress and I’m sure we all wish him the best for the future. He has received £200,000 from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme , what’s that equate to Dez Browns monthly bar tab?
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Friday, 28 December 2007

British troops get running for a special charity Christmas


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Hundreds of armed forces personnel deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have donned their running shoes and their best fancy dress outfits to take part in fun runs aimed at raising money for Service charities. Read It Here

(RG) Thousands of miles away from home and loved ones, serving in a War zone yet these young people can still find the time to raise money for charity. You are a credit to your Nation.


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Thursday, 27 December 2007

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BROWN UNDER FIRE OVER ‘TALKS WITH TALIBAN’


BRITAIN was locked in a tense stand-off with the Afghan government last night over claims that diplomats have been in talks with the Taliban.
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(RG) I’m sure the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan is happy with the way he is helping them with the equipment the British Army has to use. Bin Laden for PM?


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Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated


Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a gun and bomb attack after a political rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

"She has been martyred," said party official Rehman Malik.
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(RG) It was more a case of when Benazir Bhutto was killed and not if. Sadly for her the Pakistan she was returning to after her exile was a much changed place than the one she left and her death can only lead to many more deaths if not full scale civil war. As I predicted 2008 will probably be even bloodier than 2007 and this sad year hasn’t even finished yet. Lets not forget Pakistan is a nuclear armed Country and this death may have just lit the tinder box in the whole Indian sub continent and totally destabilised an already volatile nation. There are many who would have liked to have seen Bhutto killed but ask yourself which political figure would benefit the most? He may just have to put his army uniform back on now.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Christmas Box cheer for Armed Forces across the world



UK military personnel serving across the world were opening their special Christmas Boxes yesterday, Tuesday 25 December 2007.
24,500 ‘square stockings’ as the boxes are affectionately called were distributed to all Forces on an operational tour of duty overseas, the civilians supporting them, and personnel in hospital, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and as far away as the Falkland Islands.
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(RG) Christmas crackers like the two in the picture above would brighten up any Christmas anywhere in the world.



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Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Troops Celebrate Xmas In War Zones




Traditional military roles are being turned on their heads in Iraq and Afghanistan as British forces spend Christmas Day far from home.
Officers across the two combat zones will serve up turkey dinners to rank-and-file soldiers as part of a long-standing festive army tradition.
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(RG) Love the pig hat!

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Happy Christmas

Rogue Gunner in Punt Cana Dominican Republic.



Happy Christmas to all Rogue Gunner readers old and new. Peace to all men, however this cynical old Gunner reckons this is only written in Christmas carols and 2008 will probably be bloodier than ever, but we can all pretend get pissed and over indulge then go back to hating each other. I have nearly made it through another year on this tormented earth and believe me that is an achievement for me. I have two beautiful children that I will see today and that keeps me on this mortal coil. It doesn’t matter to me one bit whether you are religious but please just for this day feel the love, you never know it may catch on?


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Monday, 24 December 2007

UK troops prepare for Christmas in Afghanistan


Christmas morning will start early for British soldiers facing the Taliban in the First World War-style trenches that criss-cross southern Afghanistan.
About 7am at Garmser, the most southerly British frontline positions in Helmand province, the sandbagged fighting positions are likely to receive their first incoming fire of the day. It is something of a ritual, for at this point the rising sun sits directly behind part of the Taliban lines a few hundred yards of desert away and the Taliban fighters can blaze away while the British gunners squint into the glare.
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(RG) They will be in our thoughts and prayers. I pray they will stay safe and return to their loved ones . Remember to light a candle for them.

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Sunday, 23 December 2007

A season muted by loss for soldiers, families



After facing bloody conflict this summer in Afghanistan, the soldiers of the 1st Bn Royal Anglian Regiment are home for Christmas, grateful to be away from the oppressive heat and the constant fear of death. In their 350 engagements, more than 500,000 rounds were fired and up to 1,000 Taliban were killed.
But their success came at a high price. Of the 750 who fought in Helmand province, nine were killed, 57 were wounded in combat and a further 80 received non-battle injuries. Sean Rayment and Jasper Copping talk to one survivor who thought he might not see Britain again, and to two families for whom the festive season will be tinged with sadness and memories of the brave sons they have lost.
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(RG) This is a tough time for anyone who has lost a loved one whether it be in combat or to Cancer or a road crash, its especially tough for people who live alone. I have no doubt that there will be several incidents with returning veterans and far too much alcohol that will fuel violence and depression break ups and the worst scenario suicide. I know because I have been there myself. You look around at the smiling happy faces and then you will remember your mates that have not returned with you and it is easy to take it out on the young lad who has had a few to many beers and bumps in to you. It may be and off the cuff remark the sparks and incident. The thing is we must continue to live our lives to the best of our ability especially for the lads who have paid the ultimate sacrifice as that’s what they would want. Bottom line is have a drink but don’t end up in jail or the divorce court in the New Year.

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Saturday, 22 December 2007

Army hero Ben Parkinson is home for Christmas




Like thousands of others, Ben Parkinson will receive a mobile phone this Christmas. But the moment his parents hand over the gift will mark an extraordinary step in this young man's life.
It will be the celebration his family were told would never happen.
The paratrooper returned home yesterday for the first time since he suffered horrific injuries while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan more than a year ago. He was left unable to walk or speak.
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(RG) Welcome home Ben you are a true inspiration to us all. I am grateful for your service. You are a true Hero.



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Friday, 21 December 2007

Getting a slice of American pie.


United States of America







Well dispersed: The states in which British defence staff are based




A posting to the US may sound like a dream come true. But Disneyland it isn't, and there are things you need to know. Report by Ian Carr.
Every Monday morning during the summer, and every second Monday during the winter in a Hotel in Washington, Major Gerry Crow and his team from the British Defence Staff US welcome the new intake of civilian and military personnel who have just arrived to start tours of duty in the country. Over the course of the morning, they are given a crash course in living in America. The first lesson is delivered by the Deputy Defence Attaché, Colonel Mike Page (RM). It comes in the form of a warning and a helpful piece of advice.
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(RG) Im sure you love us Limies really? we are happy as long as we get our cups of tea and the soccer results.



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Please help this WW2 Veteran.


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(RG) I recieved this e-mail below, lets make this Hero happy he deserves it, men like Stan have made our today possible so send him a card, I am, thanks.


Good afternoon,For several years I maintained a daily communication herewith a Canadian Veteran of WWII. His name is Stan Scislowski. You will find some of his writing at:
https://www.welcomehomesoldier.com/search.php?search_terms=Stan+Scislowski Stan became my good friend; a man very precious to me.Stan served at Anzio. A few years back, Canadian PBS took him back thereto help with a documentary.Since the war, Stan has been the Keeper of his Legion's History; the Editor of the Legion News - he totally devoted himself to his work and it meant so very much to him.Stan is a widower who dearly misses his beloved. He is in his mid-80's nowand has suffered a debilitating stroke. He no longer can do the Legion News;he can no longer sit at a keyboard; he can barely keep a pen on paper. I truly thought I had lost my friend, but today, after a long 6 month silence, I received aletter from Stan. He tells me that his memory is slipping away - fast.Thus, my special request. It would mean everything to Stan to know that the work he devoted his life to would be remembered. So, I am asking for each of you, and any other you know who would help, to address a postcard, shortletter, holiday card to him with simply a Thank you for your service. If fate has dealt this Keeper of History the hand that takes his memory, it would meanthe world to him for his last memories to be those honoring his service. Please use LARGE PRINT - he can still see that.Thank you so very, very much.Miz' Remy He may be reached at:-

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Thursday, 20 December 2007

Rogues Post Holiday Ramblings.

Well I am now back in the land of the living after a hibernation of a sleep, I totally understand why bears hibernate, I have just put my Christmas tree lights on my tree in the garden and I’m now thawing out with a hot chocolate with a splash of brandy. Personally though Christmas is best in a cold climate, I don’t think I would enjoy being away for the festive season especially with having children. I was surrounded by the trappings of Christmas in the Caribbean but it somehow didn’t feel real. I managed to get through three books and a tropical storm called Olga. The first was a Chris Ryan paperback that was exactly what I expected it to be, I suppose when writing fiction even the SAS can be even more James Bond than Andy McNab and the good guys usually survive and get the girl. Imagine a fictional book about a group of terrorists flying passenger jets in to the Twin Towers? The two books that I enjoyed the most were In Foreign Fields and Sniper One.








The first being as I expected it to be. This book was originally going to be tilted `Heroes` and was changed by Dan Collins at the insistence of the contributors who genuinely do not see themselves as Heroes when in reality that is exactly what they are. Someone always has to get the medals and the mentions in dispatches and a true soldier that has fought for his life with the best human beings he will ever meet will always feel a sense of unworthiness do to his professionalism and knowing that the man next to him will always be watching his back and would never leave him alone on the battlefield dead or alive . That is why once having served in a War zone the men around you are truly `Brothers-in Arms` in every sense. Having a personal interest in military matters I knew about a great deal of the events that had occurred in Iraq & Afghanistan but for the vast majority of the British public this book would be a true eye opener I highly recommend it and wont spoil any of the particular stories of amazing gallantry and Heroism of the highest order of the British armed forces. Sniper One just totally blew me away from page one to the last, I read all 350 pages in two days and was disappointed only because I had finished the book. I can confidently say that this is the best military book that I have ever read to date, there is no doubt that the sometimes colourful language is written by a Squaddy that Squaddy being Sniper Sgt Dan Collins. As was literally ducking behind my sun bed at times whilst imagining the ferocity of the fighting that Dan and his colleagues with the 1st Battalion The Princess Of Wales had to endure in the murderous dusty oven of the then relatively unheard of town of Al Amarah. Its no exaggeration to say that they were literally fighting for their lives at times and this is reflected in the readers need to flick to the next page and see if they made it. For there not to have been many more casualties in the combat is totally unbelievable due to the fact that it is true and not some fictional Chris Ryan or Andy McNab book. There is one really funny part in the book, that’s how British soldiers get through every day as well as the odd porno mag, by ripping the piss out of each other, as I have discovered civilians just don’t get it and take it very personally when in the forces it goes with the territory and you just have to have a quicker wit and a sicker sense of humour. One of the lads found time in a lull in the fighting to join a dating site on the internet and literally fell in love with the girl of his dreams and even arranged to meet her on leave, he relished showing his mates photos of her who was a well known celebrity his mates had copied from a lads mag. His on going love affair had been with own mates and the lad was truly gutted when he found out, not to say a little embarrassed as he had told them all about his sexual preferences . I would imagine this guy will be traumatised by this and not the fighting for the rest of his life. I bust out laughing and got some funny looks from some German holiday makers when I read this part.

After deleting the hundreds of junk mails from African bank managers offering me millions of dollars I sifted through them careful not to delete a genuine one. Luckily I managed to read one from a French TV company that would like to make a documentary about modern day poets, they said my writing reminded them of the great Wilfred Owen which is extremely flattering, I admit I have a very long way to go to be mentioned with the greats like that, however there can be only one Wilfred Own and there can be only one Tony McNally the passage of time dictates this, a poet can only write from his of her own heart and should never try to emulate any one else as this would be detrimental to your own work.
Here is a couple of poems I wrote whilst on holiday to the amazement of my partner who wondered why I hadn’t wrote anything happier , she may have a point?


Bayonets

Stillness calm and peace envelopes the misty valley
A thousand young bodies lay strewn like a bloody jigsaw puzzle
So many broken bayonets
Blooded they have made there mark
Wolves are feeding well today
Howling at the moon
Licking the broken bayonets

Statistics


The sun switches off in Iraq tonight
Load up your weapons
Were in for a fight
The sun rises slowly in London today
Corrupt politicians feast drink and lie for their pay
“Contact wait out” screams over the net
RPG`S and rockets a deadly constant threat
Bullets hit young Smith ripping away his right shoulder
In London an MP has lost his white folder
“Pairs fire and manoeuvre” The British advance
SA80 rounds make the enemy dance
They reach young Smith his pulse is week
His zap number is sent
Chances are bleak
In London the minister lights up his cigar
Saunters of to the comfort of his 24 hour bar
Young Smith dies in Basra
19 years never older
In London there is joy
They have found the white folder.




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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Im Back.

"Hello all stations I am back home and jet lagged wait out..........."


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Sunday, 2 December 2007

Winter Break.


There will be a short winter break for two weeks starting from tomorrow 3rd December till the 19th. I am heading off to warmer weather to try and get some heat back in to my bones after my week in the freezing arctic conditions of the Falklands. The UK isn’t much better at the moment with strong rain and winds. When I get back I will post the rest of my Pilgrimage material. I am taking Dan Collins book In Foreign Feilds so looking forward to reading that on my sun lounger sipping my Strawberry Daiquiri. Another book I am going to buy at Manchester airport is Sniper One. There are some great photos here at Defence Of The Realm from Afghanistan. If you like your poetry stop by at my old buddy LT.David Martin's
he writes some powerful stuff. Not forgetting to check in on my old friend and under siege Blogger Theo Spark So I hope to be back refreshed and sun tanned in a couple of weeks. I will leave you with a couple of photos I took whilst in the Falklands, Au revoir,

Mack.





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Our Navy 'is not fit for a war'

HMS Cornwall.

The Royal Navy can no longer fight a major war because of massive under funding, says a leaked document.
The fleet's "ageing and operationally defective" ships would not even be able to mount a medium sized operation like the war in Iraq, it warns.
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(RG) Its fitting that this document was `leaked` just like our once mighty navy perilously close to a watery grave.





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£300 for paralysed squaddie


A teenage Army recruit left paralysed when a baton hurled by his drill sergeant speared his head has been awarded just £300 compensation.
Devastated Dominic Christopher-Baskeyfield, 19, said after the award: "Look at the state of me - I am knackered for the rest of my life and I am getting just £300."
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(RG) Just when you think the MOD cannot insult our Forces any worse you get a case like this, it just beggars belief, £300 pound is nothing short of an insult, it just goes to show that the MOD can do whatever they want with impunity they are bullet-proof (No pun intended) this is not justice and if this was my son, no prizes for guessing where I would shove this sergeants baton?



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War hero Officer founds charity for his men


A war hero who quit the Army amid claims he was angry over the treatment of troops in Afghanistan has set up a charity for his men.
Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Tootal, 42, reportedly wrote a letter to military chiefs slamming the "shoddy" treatment of soldiers before announcing his resignation last month.
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(RG) Well I salute you Sir, an Officer with integrity and the balls to actually do something positive about his men’s sorry plight. If only we had more men like Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Tootal we might be able to repair the `smashed ` covenant between our Country and our brave men & woman in uniform. Just think we once had a British Empire and now we must rely on Charity, what a disgrace from these Traitors in Government.

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Saturday, 1 December 2007

Britannia is dead


She lies in the gutter
Torn dirty and soiled
Walked on by the masses
Betrayed by her country
Britannia is dying
One lone man is crying
His medals are worthless
He lies in the gutter
The last of his generation
To bear arms for Britannia
His heart stops
A generation is dead
Britannia is dead.


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Soldier's kitbag lost in 1942 is found in Egyptian desert




As dispatch rider Alex Ross travelled through the hostile Egyptian desert, deep behind enemy lines, his few mementos of home must have meant the world to him.
So his horror at realising the pannier containing them had fallen off his motorcycle during one of his dangerous missions can easily be imagined.
There the lost bag lay, covered by the shifting sands of the Western Desert ... until an astonishing discovery 65 years on.
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(RG) Squaddies ay, times might change but some things stay the same!
I was told while I was on the Pilgrimage to the Falklands this year that a Scots guard lost his wallet on Mount Tumbledown and when he returned he found it lying where he had dropped it 25 years ago, incredible.


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