2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Couple of British items for you...

 
Queue "God Save The Queen"..............

Brits and Argentinians starting to kick political dirt on each other shoes over the Falkland Islands....again.


Story on CNN.

Wow, almost 30 years since the first Falklands War (I know its called something else in Argentina - The Malvinas but I speak English..sorry) and both countries as starting a war of words over these rocks again.  In the first meeting the the Brits came out winners and kept the Islands after recapturing them from an Argentinian invasion force..but at a relatively steep cost.  The entire war is remembered as being a very rough and uncomfortably affair for both side fought in the early parts of Winter in that part of the world.  The French exocet missile became famous as well as the Harrier jet fighter.  It was a war of logistics for the Brits having to fight a war at the other end of the Atlantic Ocean with the Argentinian mainland within fighter distance for their attacking aircraft.  On land the going was rough on both sides due to the terrain and weather and fighting was fierce.  One notable anecdote was that both sides were basically armed with the same battle rifle, the Belgian FN-FAL (called the L1A1 by the Brits).  The main difference was that the Argentinian models fired fully automatically and the L1A1 was limited to single shot.

Actually the main difference was in who was behind the trigger.  Many of the Argentinian troops were conscripts lead by professional NCO's and Officers, the Brits fielded a professional all volunteer military just like us Yanks...and we tend to fare fairly well against conscript armies lately.. 

 "Hey their rifle.....

 ....looks like my rifle!"

Hopefully this will just be a war of hot air this time and a peaceful resolution will be reached.  If not if will be interesting to see if the Argentinians learn any lessons from last time or would history repeat itself?

And if they do go down there....I hope the Brits don't miss having some of these guys around....

 Gurkas bear brunt of British Military cutbacks...

"Cutbacks!?!?...we'll show you how to cut something!!"

The Gurkas, the stalwart fighters from India and Nepal known for not only for their fierceness but
honor to a political bond long since obsolete to the British Empire, shall soon face deep cuts in their ranks from the same empire.  The BBC is reporting a 400 troop reduction from the regiment that comes on the heals of a previous 150 man reduction.  While not a large by number as some other reductions, as a percentage of the total force this is quite a drop in their numbers.  The Gurkas have a storied past with the British military first as Indian Regiments under British control and then as an actual unit of the British Army after England released India from the empire.  The Gurkas themselves have always been a step below the regular British soldier in the hierarchy of the British Army though.  Their officers were (until a few years ago) given viceroy commissions instead of royal commissions - which meant that an officer of the Gurkas was technically subordinate to an officer of any rank in the British Army.  Also, the benefits and pay were of a different - and lower - scale of the British soldier as well.  There is an active movement of former Gurkas trying to obtain equality in both benefits and status for those who serve the crown in the Regiment, including rights to citizenship and pension.  I hope them the best in that pursuit.

And finally to complete the Brit military theme for this post....



2 comments:

Onetap said...

You've got the Union Flag upside down. On the diagonal at top left, the wide white part should be uppermost. Do put it righ, old boy, or we'll be sending a gun boat.

Huey said...

Corrected the error, my apologies... Did it out of respect to the tens of thousands of Brit servicemen and civilians that gave it all during WW2 alongside of us Yanks and the strong tie that still bind us to this day.

As to the gunboat threat...I've seen how bad the MOD cuts have been to your proud navy...a single gunboat? ...bloody shame...

Cheers mate!