Found this earlier and though it was worth sharing. Original at http://www.squaddiesongs.com/songs/twentycentsoldier.html Twentieth Century Soldier A modern day poem Its the year Nineteen Hundred, ring in the New Year All hope for the future with nothing to fear But even back then the rot had begun For down in South Africa, land of diamonds and sun Its Atkins v Boer to the chattering Maxim gun With the Boer war over look forward we must Peace to all men, In God, King and Empire we trust Then come Nineteen Fourteen, the call comes again For Tommy Atkins to bear up to the pain So come my brave lads come, fight for your land Why? Coz theyve murdered some Prince name of Ferdinand So off goes old Tommy, bear witness he must To the carnage in trenches of mud, blood and dust Now, in modern warfare, technologies not lost Tanks are invented and aircraft a must All Tommy remembers are the mates he has lost But with the war to end wars all done and past Its into the Twenties the time goes so fast Into the Thirties, depressions not good Still we got through it we knew that we would But listen lads, listen! And not far away A madman named Hitler is having his say Austria annexed we wonder what for Then the sound of the Jackboot in the Rhineland once more So off down to Munich goes Neville. Thats fine! Comes back with a promise of peace in our time But still into Poland the Jackboot does march Can man's thirst for blood never be parched Five long years. Inventions abound From Spitfires and Hurricanes to jet engine sounds Still Tommy is asked to fight the good fight From Dunkirk to Normandy with Berlin in his sight Then peace comes at last in mid Forty-Five But only to those who have been left alive At least Peace should last in this modern world Because of the threat of NUKES being hurled But all through this Peace´, Tommy still had to fight From Korea to Kenya, with all of his might Then Suez, Malaya and Aden awhile Then into Belfast a new fighting style So into the Eighties can this be wars end? No off to the Falklands old Tommy they send Then into the era of new micro chips High tech tanks and cruise carrying ships And at home on the news and headlined in papers Come stories to us of Arabian capers Still why should those at home start to worry? If wars to and fro in the Gulf should scurry Into Kuwait Sadam sends his forces Now this could affect our oil resources "We cant have that", our Government say "Well send Tommy Atkins, hell save the day" Now weve got all this new technology Well use lots of that to the medias glee So in go the cruise and the bombs. Oh so smart!! They strike out Iraqs industrial heart When they are finished well send Tommy, hes bold So Tommy waits orders with a sweat that is cold! His only real wish, his girls hand to hold So after the millions are spent On these clever weapons of evil intent Forward once more Tommy does go Again into the breach, against his foe Its the Nineteen Nineties this must be wars end Why theres not even a cold war the budget to spend But those in politics they know whats best "Well risk Tommys life in other folks mess" So now he tabs streets in the Balkans, his tactics to test Will old Tommy Atkins never find rest? Peace keeping Duties for Tommy, its a NEW MODERN ROLE We cant leave old Tommy to stand at the dole New peace keeping role yeah that sounds fine So Tommy wont loose mates doing this like he did in Cyprus, Belfast or Palestine. So is all the killing now out of his hands Has Tommy now freed all the INOCENT lands Will our brave Tommy Atkins not make one last stand With his Bayonet fixed and rifle in hand Or will he through shouts for a world that is free Have to fight on through the next CENTURY! Now having rubbed shoulders with Tommy I know Hell always get sent by them as dont go!