Poor kit did not kill soldier

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  1. Source: BBC

    I, obviously, have no knowledge, of the whys and wherefores of this but...

    <fx adjusts foil hat>

    Is this a case of, keep having inquiries until the desired answer is achieved?

  2. Thoughts?

    The Goobermint seems to be very keen to make these inquests secret for some reason…
  3. I wouldn't trust this government to sit the right way on a toilet!!!
  4. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Am I reading that right /

    There were no shortages but I acknowledge the shortages and the've been fixed

    IIRC didn't he win the MC because he refused to be medivaced ?
  5. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    No, and no.

    The report stated that the shortages did not have a direct impact on his death, but that the shortages were acknowledged and now remedied. The difference is subtle, but there. A shortage of boots is critical, but does not have a direct impact on somone being killed by a gunshot wound, for example. From memory, the shortages in this case related primarily to night vision devices.

    I believe you are thinking of Capt Hicks MC of the Royal Anglians.
  6. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Cheers T_D
  7. Akin to the "minor shortages" of kit acknowledged by TCH immediately after TELIC. 9000 sets of body armour short for a force of 25k on the ground might (IMHO) be something a little more than "minor."