Belgian Troops Hand Out Bullets To Children!?

#1
The mayor of a Dutch town says the Belgian army is no longer welcome there after soldiers handed out blank bullets to schoolchildren.

The incident has provoked a diplomatic spat between the neighbouring countries, with both nations launching judicial investigations.

The Belgian army was on exercise in the Netherlands, in the northern coastal town of Den Helder, at the time.
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I'm all for KAPE, but this ever so slightly takes the p*ss...
 
#2
Since when does the Belgian Army use 7.62X39mm? that's what those rounds in the picture look like.



Those arent 5.56 or 7.62 NATO.....
 
#3
Goldbricker said:
Since when does the Belgian Army use 7.62X39mm? that's what those rounds in the picture look like.

Errrrm, that's a stock photo by Know-nothing Journos....read the report fully, it DOES include The word "Blank". :roll:
 
#4
So it was Live Blanks, not expended then? Not too swift an idea giving that to Kids.

When I was a Little shaver of about 9 the 2 houses next door were a Junkyard full of old Oldsmobiles, Chevy's, Indian motorcycles etc. While exploring we found these canisters with big bullets in them. Now I know they were Oerlikon Drums of 20mm.

Anyhow like all red blooded kids we took some, at some point I realized one bullet tip was loose and "dust" was coming out. So I chucked it in grandpas Vise by the garage and started hitting the case with a Hammer to break in open(just like Bugs Bunny). My Neighbor ( A WWII USMC Vet) went white as a sheet when he saw what I was doing and the case split open.

Long Story short, NYPD Bomb Squad with their Big "Wicker Basket" trucks came and went through the property removing all kinds of Ordnance this Junkyard guy took from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1945 from scrapped ships. Rounds were 20mm HEI-T

Kids WILL find a way to cause havoc with blanks one way or the other
 
#6
Goldbricker said:
Since when does the Belgian Army use 7.62X39mm? that's what those rounds in the picture look like.



Those arent 5.56 or 7.62 NATO.....
They look like 7.62 Short. Defo not Belgian though, both the current issue Belgian weapons the FN FNC & FN F2000 use 5.56 NATO.
 
#9
Looks like Sky News added a bit of extra spin.

I believe the original report was this: http://translate.google.co.uk/trans...refox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&hs=tDz

Netherlands angry Belgian military bullets leave lying around

The Dutch military police started an investigation after children in the near Den Helder training ammunition were found. That show of Belgian troops to the balls during a practice swing left.


The Dutch police received two reports of worried parents near Den Helder. Their offspring was a collection of blanks come on. In one case the children had 60 bullets with him.

The police in the Netherlands calls finders of these munitions is that 'as soon as possible to the police to deliver. "Heat the ammunition explode and cause burns," says a spokesman for the Royal Marechausee. He confirmed that an investigation is opened.

The non-fired patterns according to the police from Belgian soldiers in the vicinity of Den Helder part in the military evacuation exercise Crazy Trip. The Dutch police added yesterday that the Belgian military itself to ensure that no ammunition remains unused. But apparently that there are not so thoroughly done. "

The Belgian army was yesterday that it will again check in twelve places where the soldiers during the exercise were active, material separately. During a large-scale military exercise in our country in 2006 was also another incident left ammunition. A German practice grenade then exploded in the hands of a father from Lommel, whose children had found the spring gear.
So, perhaps not so much "rounds handed out to children" as "chavlets run amok, picking up the brass while Belgian troops try to get on with mock attack." and "Belgian Army look for new supplier of blank ammunition following excessive stoppages during training exercise."

Maybe.
 
#10
putteesinmyhands said:
So, perhaps not so much "rounds handed out to children" as "chavlets run amok, picking up the brass while Belgian troops try to get on with mock attack." and "Belgian Army look for new supplier of blank ammunition following excessive stoppages during training exercise."

Maybe.
Would make a lot more sense. I really can't see any professional army deciding to hand out rounds - blank or otherwise - to kids.
 
#11
If the stories I heard from a Belgian Para-Commando on a course are true, it's at least a change from the way they handed out the rounds to kids on a few of their 'peace-keeping' tasks in Africa.
 

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