Blue (US) on blue (RM, minor injuries) nr Shaibah

#1
Came across this which I havent seen anywhere else - apologies if already posted - source http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/dis...yContent&sourceNode=150860&contentPK=11285272

MARINE SHOT IN 'FRIENDLY FIRE' 22:00 - 10 November 2004
A Royal Marine from Taunton's 49 Commando was rushed to a military hospital in Iraq - after being shot by American troops.

The Captain, who has not been named, was shot in the leg after panic-stricken US soldiers raked the military convoy he was travelling in with bullets.

The American soldiers were by a broken down Humvee jeep and opened fire when they mistook the patrol of Royal Marines for terrorists.

Uniformed British soldiers were in two civilian Land Rover Discoveries clearly marked with the words British Forces when US troops began shooting.

Machine gun fire hit the front and back of one of the Land Rovers as it passed the Humvee.

The gun fire only stopped when a brave Royal Marine jumped from one of the vehicles and screamed at US troops to stop shooting.

The Marines were on a routine patrol close to their headquarters at Shaibah Logistics Base, south west of Basra.

Major Spike Kelly, spokesman for 49 Commando, said the Captain was treated in a British field hospital for a flesh wound to the leg and returned to duty the next day.

Major Kelly said: "He sustained very minor injuries to his leg. The Americans stopped firing as soon as a Royal Marine jumped out of the vehicle."

He added: "There are a large number of personnel moving at night for tactical reasons and sadly sometimes communication breaks down."

Military chiefs immediately ordered an investigation into the incident, which is thought to be among the most serious 'friendly fire' attacks since the war officially ended
 
#6
thats because they were shooting at trained soldiers and not women and children running towards their checkpoint to escape the bombing.
 

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#7
Maybe the Spam would have done better if the RM was wearing a wedding dress..............................hey that could happen.
 
#8
comeon guys, lets not beat the spams up too much (a small amount is only healthy :) )

It was dark, they were broken down and wary about terroist attacks. I know they should have checked their targets before firing but mistakes happen.

Jus glad the captains career was not ruined by this stupid mistake

agent smith
 
#9
Agent_Smith said:
I know they should have checked their targets before firing but mistakes happen.
i thought 'letting rip' was part of the septic ROE!!!
 
#11
didnt want to risk wiping out an entire septic patrol with 1 volley.
 
#12
true,

they probabbly cacked themselves when they heard it was a UK squad (equal to 100 spams)

agent smith

PS did you know that a sergant in the UK army carries out the same duties as a captain in the US army???
 
#13
Corporal said:
I keep telling you guys, if you'd shoot back, they'd get the message. :wink:
I can hear it now..

" HELLO ON CALL SPECTRE THIS IS GUNSLINGER NINER ZERO I AM TAKING FIRE FROM GRID 123 345 GIMME ALL YOU GOT" Followed by the sound of an AC130 unloading chain gun, 20mm, 40mm, 105mm, big sticks dipped in dogshit, kitchen sinks etc onto Brits.

Some of my gang in MNDSE where escorting a convoy to Kuwait: they came across a US column who engaged them: they did check fire, but where then seen to be opening up on a couple of kids on pushbikes, around 2-300m from the convoy. When asked WTF, they explained it was to keep the Arabs away.

This was in daylight.....
 

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