Da phuq? Why were they down there? Just for that memorial?
Nicking motorbikes mainly, but caused some trouble for local kids as well. I'm told that it was suggested to the Tims that they were going to be shot, and they haven't come back. I do know for a fact that there were certain people out looking for them.
I don't know the right "ins and outs" (because I wasn't there) but good luck getting that past the system nowadays.
Errrm, no. Casualty crawling away after a burst of 30mm from an AH. No one of right mind would've considered him a threat. This Inf Lt Col's point was that the bloke should've been finished off, and he gave scant concern to the protection of the casualty, under our RoE, of their being hors de combat.
Surely it is a matter of perspective? You might not have considered the guy to be a threat looking at gun camera footage. But you said he was crawling- could you be 100% sure that he was no further threat? Perhaps the infantry officer was imagining commanding an assault on the enemy position and thinking that a man who could crawl might also be able to operate his weapon or detonate a device enabling him to kill one or more friendlies.
The Colonel might not have expressed it well but if the Taliban wasn’t captured, he’d obviously have preferred him reduced to his component parts. I think that’s fair enough.
I'll say it again.
Errm, no. In the British military (and you can unearth whatever tangential sh**e you like) we do not do mercy killing, however well intended. If you do so, you're in Court Martial territory. If someone is wounded, and are no threat to friendlies, then they are protected, however unpalatable you think that might be to the poor snivelling infantry.
The Colonel (I note your simpering) in this case absolutely knew the incapacitation of the victim in question; he simply had bloodlust and wanted the wounded bloke executing.
No. Just, no.
We don’t have a duty to the young generation at all, the Army will always yo-yo in the public’s interest and I’m sure none of our younger generation have joined to be heroes or be public icons, they have joined for the same reasons we did, a job, adventure, for shits and giggles or to join a brotherhood that lasts for life, we owe them nothing and they owe us nothing, but we will give each other the World!Yep that's how most old farts feel, but we also have a duty to those younger generations who will hopefully pick up the reins, to present Her Majesty's Armed Forces in a positive light.
Writen up in "Don't Cry for me Sergeant-Major" I believe. Though I think its an RMP SNCO and his side arm in that version. The PW had been blown in half and there was no possible doubt about the ultimate outcome.