Michael Yon (American Journo) on Royal Lancers in Iraq.

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Excellent stuff as ususal. He gives a much fuller picture than I get from other sources.
 
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I was wondering the other day what had happened to Michael. I was not disappointed - this is fantastic writing once more.

He is after donations towards covering his costs as, apparently, he gets no other income.
 
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FIRST PART OF <u>MICHAEL YON REPORTS</u> IS UP. Don't miss it.

"The Queen’s Royal Lancers have been living out in the desert for about six months, like nomads moving from place to place, sleeping under the stars, getting much of their resupply of food and water by nighttime parachute drop as they patrol the Iran-Iraq border. . .

"The plan is to move about 40 miles to another base camp, farther out in the sand dunes, from which to patrol the Iranian border. The commander made clear that something had changed and he thought the likelihood of trouble was high."
 
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Is that true, the part about you guys loving MREs??? I used to have the menu numbers memorized.
 
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Dilfor said:
He is after donations towards covering his costs as, apparently, he gets no other income.
Well I'll be slipping him a few quid, its well worth the read
 
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Yet again an excellent read.
It still amazes me that it takes an American journo to come up with these articles, when there should be a British one doing the same.
 
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armchair_jihad said:
Dilfor said:
He is after donations towards covering his costs as, apparently, he gets no other income.
Well I'll be slipping him a few quid, its well worth the read
Just done it.
 
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Another excellent well presented article by Michael. Id worked with the QRL a few times in the past when they were Chally 2 in Osnatraz and they are a good bunch. Good luck to them all :D
 
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Is that an Afrika Corps badge on the side of the Landy?
 
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You can't help but admire Michael Yon and the way he gets down in the mix to bring people the pukka gen. A truly excellent report, as always, from him. I also like how he manages to include "proper" piccies, i.e. not posed. It makes me wonder why there are no Brit ex-squaddies out there doing something similar.

However with this:
... I waited on the landing zone at FOB Sparrowhawk with LTC Richard Nickersl-Ecershall, .....
I can't help but feel that he became the hapless victim of a British squaddie wind-up. Or does such a person with that moniker really exist?
 
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The Lynx dropped us off, and shortly after the Lynx dusted away, the desert quieted. Suddenly, a group of soldiers ran out and tackled another soldier, then tied him up on the ground. I asked what that was all about, and was told they were just [messing] with him. The soldiers untied their “mate” who brushed himself off and they walked off together, laughing, slapping backs, then disappeared under a camouflage net, still laughing.


This is Squaddie Humour at its best gotta smile even when your on ops. :wink:
 
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chocolate_frog said:
Is that an Afrika Corps badge on the side of the Landy?
Looks like it. It's not exactly uncommon. This was on a lot of our brigade's equipment.



The ironic thing is that when the Germans had one in Afghanistan, they got into a lot of trouble. Some people have no sense of history...

It still amazes me that it takes an American journo to come up with these articles, when there should be a British one doing the same.
Maybe you should give the guy a Knighthood. Even if it's only honorary, it might be a bit of an incentive for your local lads.

NTM
 
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scarletto said:
LTC Richard Nickersl-Ecershall, .....
Yes he does exist and is a well respected, however the spelling is Lt Col Richard B Nixon-Eckersall, so maybe someone did have a laugh spelling it for Micheal :D
Who wants the honor of posting a Wah! in the comments?


("Nickersal" a 'behind the boss' back' contraction/nickname perhaps?)
 
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California_Tanker said:
Maybe you should give the guy a Knighthood. Even if it's only honorary, it might be a bit of an incentive for your local lads.
The only time the majority of our media/reporters/writers deserve to have a sword against shoulders/necks is when there at the Tower of London. When they start reporting excellent accounts of our troops like Michael I might change my opinion. When Im on tour next year I wouldnt mind someone of Michaels Calibre out with me and my blokes. Well done that man again :D
 
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Thanks very much ghost_us,
For a year now I've had a pic on my computer that is a great picture. I never knew who took it. Its as good as any by Frank Capa of Magnum Pictures fame. Its a picture of a soldier holding a small child who may or maybe not dead. Both the soldier's and the child's faces are not seen. It is a picture that not only stands for its own moment but tells a story as old as war. Courtesy of this thread I visited M. Yon's site and have found out it is by him. He calls it 'Strength and Compassion.'
Thanks.
 

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