SAS Warrior-The Blair-Mayne story

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by spike7451, Jun 18, 2006.

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  1. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    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.
  2. He didnt behave like an officer, thats why.
  3. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    This programme tells that story apparently.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 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.
  7. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    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.
  8. 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.