Do find this rather hard to believe(some cwazy wodneys out there)would have thought they'd have wapped these wapscallions with their ossifer canes.--Some of the "pigs" I've come across were worse than the blokes.Sounds like poo.--If not,needshot.
Utter b0llocks. The "officerish" thing to do in order to comply with fluffy regulations would have surely have been to have intervened in order to keep the peace in the same law abiding fashion that a civilian in the same situation would be expected to.
This would have been, of course, by using "reasonable force" to detain the attackers and effect a citizens arrest.
I have a "colleague" (I won't call him a mate seen as he has bought a house in france and learnt the language) that happened to stray round to my house tonight and I asked him about this (I've just got rid of him after he bored me about how really nice the frogs actually are). Apparently french law practically insists that you "help people in need" and has no problems with civilians intervening to prevent crimes in action. Therefore, they could have wailed in (reasonably, of course), prevented the crime, detained the criminals, kept within the laws of the country and not bought the Army into disrepute.
Even if it wasn't legal, any officer who stood and watched this would know that the little red light in the corner of their eyes was the career dissipation light. What if the guy had been killed whilst they stood by and watched? After all, are you lot (not me, I've retired to be a fat civvy) not fighting men?
An urban myth, a shyte one in one way that it is unbelievable to a soldier and a good one in another way that it is guaranteed to get the blood boiling. It's a good "them and us" tale, nothing else.
This is no doubt utter rubbish and would never have happened. There is no way on this earth that any british soldier, no matter what rank or any regt or corps would stand by and watch one of his own be filled in by anyone, let alone a frenchman.
The only reason i read this story to the end is because i know there used to be a RM SNCO based in the Bn at Paderborn and he used to run the JMC's there.
I spoke this RM (ex 3 Bat) shorty after the incident and to my knowledge there were no REME there, he was actually visiting his farm which was in the next village. According to his account, he was actually jumped in the bogs when no one else was present. He did get a kicking though and was out for revenge.....good luck smilier.
Sounds like the mythical fabrication of some under-achieving officer hater with a chip on his shoulder to me.
I can't imagne anyone leaving another soldier to get a kicking (especially from garlic munchers). I suppose if the victim happened to be a Gunner than you might reasonably wait a few extra seconds before joining the fray.