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  1. 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

    It’s 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
    It’s 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 they’ve 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
    It’s 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. That’s 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
    "We’ll send Tommy Atkins, he’ll save the day"

    Now we’ve got all this new technology
    We’ll use lots of that to the media’s glee
    So in go the cruise and the bombs. Oh so smart!!
    They strike out Iraq’s industrial heart

    When they are finished we’ll send Tommy, he’s 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

    It’s the Nineteen Nineties this must be wars end
    Why there’s not even a cold war the budget to spend
    But those in politics they know what’s best
    "We’ll risk Tommy’s life in other folk’s 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 can’t leave old Tommy to stand at the dole

    ‘New peace keeping role’ yeah that sounds fine
    So Tommy won’t 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
    He’ll always get sent by them as don’t go!