Harry to be posted to Iraq...

#1
Speculation building that he will be sent out to the sand pit...

Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year as a troop commander and is likely to patrol the hazardous border with Iran, defence sources have disclosed.

The third in line to the throne will join the Army's 1st Mechanised Brigade, which will be deployed to Basra in May 2007.

The prince has told colleagues that he is determined to go on operations and be treated as normally as possible - not kept out of the line of fire.


Defence chiefs, in consultation with the Prince of Wales's office, will have to devise a plan that will not put his life or those of his troops in any greater danger. Substantial planning will go into the deployment and the media is likely to be asked for co-operation on security aspects of the mission.

As a troop commander in the Blues and Royals, the prince will have the rank of cornet, equivalent to a second lieutenant, in charge of 11 men and four light tanks.

The reconnaissance formation will patrol the long border with Iran where weapons, insurgents, drugs and money are smuggled.
Telegraph
 
#4
Perhap Ewan Blair, might be drafted in as one of the troopers. Then Blair can honestly talk to families about the risks of mil ops!?!?? :twisted:
 
#5
Who needs enemies when you have the press! Im sure the telegraph will supply the grid as well.
 

cpunk

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#6
As a troop commander in the Blues and Royals, the prince will have the rank of cornet, equivalent to a second lieutenant, in charge of 11 men and four light tanks.
When he's got a couple of years in, he'll be promoted to '99' and get to wear a chocolate flake on his beret.
 
#8
cpunk said:
As a troop commander in the Blues and Royals, the prince will have the rank of cornet, equivalent to a second lieutenant, in charge of 11 men and four light tanks.
When he's got a couple of years in, he'll be promoted to '99' and get to wear a chocolate flake on his beret.
Sniggers at the royal icecream. Bet wherever he goes the budget for food mysteriously increases! Mr Whippy your highness cornetto sir?
 
#9
He will have to do his troop leaders course first that will be 3 months long .
Wish the press will get there facts right .I n fact the whole story is cr@p because
are the HCR not on telic 8 .Its the QDG who are there .
 
#11
Agent_Smith said:
Speculation building that he will be sent out to the sand pit...

Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year as a troop commander and is likely to patrol the hazardous border with Iran, defence sources have disclosed.
Probably he will be sent in Kurdistan, where he could be declared as a Kurdish king, Harry the 1st. Claim for historical Kurdish lands in Iran, Turkey and Syria is possible. No doubt that British Empire would support new-born Kurdish state in this case. Harry would keep his harem in Mosul, future capital of his state (rich in oil btw).
 
#13
It's a shame, as there will be so much speculation and rumour about future deployments, exercises and courses that the guy, and his unit, are going to have no peace whatsoever. As if the MoD knows who will be in Iraq in 2007! What with all the other tasks ongoing at the moment he could serve anywhere.

Fair play to him though for alledgedly saying he will serve where his unit is posted. Damn right, i would to. I wouldnt join just to guard a few buildings (that my family happen to own), and not then be allowed to deploy on the exiting jaunts with them.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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I don't see what all the hoo hah is about. He signed up to do his bit and good on him. The Royals have always done the right thing as far as the Forces are concerned. It's the Blair's of this world who are prepared to sit back and let them whilst att the same time, keeping their own offspring as far away from danger as they can.

I hope he does well. No reason why he shouldn't............if he listens to his NCOs!
 
#15
On a serious note, if he is posted anywhere volatile like Iraq or wherever his tonyness decides we are deploying next. Would,nt that just inflame & intensify any attacks as the enemy would just love to bag a royal. Which I feel is a tad unfair on the other members of his unit who would more than likley be on the reciveing end of any attacks.

Regards LT.
 
#16
I suppose the nearest the Royal Family have got to the stranger walking up the front path was Mountbatten. They got over that. Their sense of duty and what is 'right behaviour', would get them through anything fatal. God forbid it should ever happen.
However, it would be Diana all over again times two insofar as the public are concerned. The meedja would go ape-sh1t saying we told you so.
If deployment of Harry is causing anything like the heartburn described, what will happen when it is Wills turn? Even if he commisioned into RMP (just a joke guys!), there would be need to show he did not get special treatment by doing foot patrols in Cardiff.
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
I don't see what all the hoo hah is about. He signed up to do his bit and good on him. The Royals have always done the right thing as far as the Forces are concerned. It's the Blair's of this world who are prepared to sit back and let them whilst att the same time, keeping their own offspring as far away from danger as they can.

I hope he does well. No reason why he shouldn't............if he listens to his NCOs!
I agree. To their credit the royal family have indeed done their bit in the forces. Prince Andrew was on Op Corporate and the D of E and Mountbatten fought in WWII. I can't see the Blair off-spring joining the forces, human rights lawyers maybe but not soldiering for them. If the Blair's, Bush's and Cheyne's of this world had served (especially on operational tours) I don't think they would have quite so blind to the potential problems that so many people had predicted would happen following an invasion of Iraq.
 
#19
The Royal Family take alot of flak from various corners, but they have never shirked from putting themselved in "harms way". Remember Andy in the Falklands and it wouldn't surprise me if he did end up over there. Would Phoney Tony send his kids there? Doubt it.
 

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