SAS Warrior-The Blair-Mayne story

#1
Next Friday on the History Channel (Sky529) at 2000hrs,the story of how & why the Army refused to award Col Blair 'Paddy' Mayne the Victoria Cross.
 
#5
Futsukayoi said:
Sorry don't know any of the background to this, but surely being (or acting like) an officer is not a requirement for being awarded a VC.
True, but there is some evidence that the Army doesn't reward people who are seen to behave immorally. e.g. There is a story going around of a 3 Para Corporal in the Falklands wose nominatation for a VC was stopped on moral grounds.
 
#6
Pteranadon said:
Futsukayoi said:
Sorry don't know any of the background to this, but surely being (or acting like) an officer is not a requirement for being awarded a VC.
True, but there is some evidence that the Army doesn't reward people who are seen to behave immorally. e.g. There is a story going around of a 3 Para Corporal in the Falklands wose nominatation for a VC was stopped on moral grounds.
That is because the severed ears of dead Argentinians were found in his ammo pouch after he was killed while being taken to the RAP....apparently.
 
#8
Apparently,Maine was awaiting a Courts Martial for striking another officer when Stirling recruited him to the SAS.And that's why he was refused.
 
#9
That's not the only instance of him laying one someone who annoyed him either. Or indeed (and I should probably say allegedly) of him threatening to kill both juniors and seniors who particularly irked him.

He was without doubt an exceptional individual, a true "hard" man and a "soldier's soldier". He was fortunate to have lived at the time he did, as I think had he not had a war to fight he may well have had a less auspicious euology. Still the most decorated British soldier of the war, even sans the controversial gong.
 

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