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This brought a tear to my eye. Boy soldiers indeed, Giants amongst men!
You are correct. They weren't boy soldiers as they were both 18.
There seems to be a head of steam growing under the idea that "18 is too young to go in a war."
Personally i was much more physically resilant then than I was 10 years later, recovered from injuries faster and phys was less of an effort.... so I think some of the sympathy is misplaced.
If you can vote then siurely you are mature enough to go to war
On my 18th birthday I had been in the Army nearly 3 years
We're on about the real army not cadets.
Some of us can rember when you could join at 15
I would argue there is no relationship between the two. fit aggressive young animals, well trained and equipped can go to war. However most 18 year olds do not have a scoobie about politics and the economy...
At 18 you are fit and you do recover well but you are still a bit soft around the edges. An op tour goes a long way to hardening the edges and means that the 20/25 year old on the second tour is better adjusted and able to use their increasing stamina.
I went into JLR at 15 years 9 months, as soon as my O levels were complete I was on the train for basic.
When I reached 18 I thought I was old FFS. Its only when you are 20 years older that you realise that you were still a bairn.
I would rather have done my fighting when I was 18 though, you need blokes with balls of steel and a little less caution than more experienced people have.
I seem to recall that one of the lads we had killed on Granby was 17. I think it was in the blue on blue, but am not 100% sure.
In Charles Whiting's book, 'The Poor Bloody Infantry' there is a bit referring to the Army in the NW Europe campaign, the gist of it saying that the 18-19 year old's were more effective and took more risks that the older mid-twenties soldiers.
Yep, it was in that warrior incident with the A10's (I think). Wasn't there 17 year olds killed in the SA?
I am very good friends with the chap who was the youngest Para who fought in the Falklands, he was in 3 Para, he lost a couple of friends who were also under 18.
Edited to add, I joined at 16 in 1984.
Well done to you.
Considering i'm in my forties and was in uniform in 1986 so can I.
Filbert, I have heard a few claims to that particular title. Not debunking your mate but has he got ginger hair and was he a casette head in the RAOC after he left Para Regt? If so I know him too!
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