You can get a fine edge on a spade, even if it is usually used for digging latrines or trenches. I have put my sword to extra duties a time or two, too.
Not that all was song and laughter, because down at the other end of the bar a Colonel was reading the riot act against the weenies who run the show from their plush offices in Whitehall.
But let us take a look at what happened with the spade. Rod Ardehali hugged his pint to his chest and told the customers about it.
SAS soldier decapitates ISIS thug with SPADE
during fierce six-hour gun battle after they were ambushed in Afghanistan
• SAS soldier cuts-off ISIS militant's head with spade during fierce gun battle• The elite soldiers were ambushed following a meeting with former Taliban spies• ISIS insurgents have flocked to Afghanistan of late after losing ground in Syria• Air support forced the insurgents to flee saving the SAS who'd run out of ammo.
An SAS soldier decapitated an ISIS terrorist using only a spade after their unit was ambushed by militants during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.The veteran sergeant is said to have cut-off the gunman's head in one swoop after running out of ammunition during a fierce six-hour gun battle.After killing him, the elite soldier then used the jihadist's own weapon to kill more ISIS henchmen.When the special forces unit was ambushed by the ISIS gunmen, the Brits were forced to take refuge in a farm, picking off the attackers while under heavy fire.But despite their skilled field combat the soldiers began to run low on bullets, leaving them sitting ducks.The soldiers radioed their base calling for air support but could not tell whether the message was received.Fearing that their time was up,.....
the soldiers made a pact to fight until the death
.....instead of being captured and tortured on camera before a public execution.Some of the English speaking jihadists taunted the Brits warning they would send their decapitated heads back to their wives.
These are Fighting Men. Thay have Honour and Courage and are prepared to give all. It is a shame on us all that those who are put in Political authority over them are such a woeful mob who have no idea of what soldiering is about.Our source said: 'The SAS thought they had seen their last day.'They made a pact that they wouldn't be taken alive and vowed to fight to the death.Capture would mean torture and a filmed execution and they weren't prepared to let that happen.'They made every bullet count and when they ran low on ammo they waited for the jihadis to get close enough so they could be killed with grenades or using rifles as clubs – that was when one of the SAS managed to kill a man with a spade.'But just as it seemed the brave SAS soldiers were going to be overwhelmed by the ISIS terrorists, two US Apache helicopter gunships appeared, forcing the insurgents to withdraw.A US Chinook followed and rescued them.By the time they arrived half the SAS unit had no ammunition left.
They ran out of ammunition. They are all too often sent into battle, ill-equipped. But they soldier on. Their 'superiors' in Parliaments have no concern for the realities of war. Happy they are to take the kudos for sending men far, far better, and all too often far, far younger to take the hail of bullets from the enemy.
Colonel Collins had some terse words.
Colonel Tim Collins was the CO of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment.
He is a fighting soldier.
He led men under fire in the 1st Gulf War, the Colombia Drugs War, the Zaire Army Rebellion 1991, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Iraq War and on several tours of Northern Ireland.
He's perhaps best known for his rousing speech to his men as they prepared to invade Iraq in 2003 - a framed copy was said to hang in the White House Oval Office.
Here, he is depicted by Kenneth Branagh, giving that speech, in which the Virtues of soldiering are driven home. Virtues that few if any westen 'Defense Ministers' know. (Perhaps now with the exception of the USA)
The Colonel has some very important opinions regarding the UK's Military. Not optimistic. Btut he could be writing about the Australian Army - the issues are the same as are the dangers.
Our soldiers are starved of manpower and materiel.
The police look and act far more fiercely, although I cannot say that the Police in Oz for all their armour and war-like vehicles even bother to build up an arrest rate against rioting immigrants.
Worse, our militaries are seeking recruits from all the wrong people. They do not want fit, fighting men, but select women and odd bods whose credentials are soley skin colour.
I shall let Collins say his well-considered piece while I pull pints to cool angry customers.
The Army has been taken over by PC dreamers who are putting lives at riskThe ludicrous and dangerous morass into which obsequious and PC- addled senior officers have led the British Army is a source of real concern to every citizen of the nation.In the face of external threats and massive budget constraints, the latest very public direction from the Army is to drop the use of "sir" – or indeed "ma’m" - when answering the telephone, for fear of giving some offence to the person at the far end.
This comes alongside notices not to use language like "mankind", "chaps" or "gentleman's agreement" from the Joint Equality Diversity and Inclusion unit, nicknamed the “Jedi”.
It is merely the most obvious manifestation of a lack of leadership that time and effort are given to such trivia in the face of crisis.The Armed Forces are at the same time both failing to recruit new members and capping recruitment of Gurkhas, Commonwealth volunteers and the Irish in favour of recruits that "reflect society" (whatever that means). It was the same when I commanded 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.I took command of a battalion 300 men under strength. With the chaotic Army recruiting group frankly getting in the way, we in 1 R Irish started our own recruiting drive – in Ireland – and I led a fully manned battalion to war in 2003.
How did I achieve that when the lavishly funded official system pathetically failed?
I recruited men for military service and adventure, and not to "reflect society".I had this discussion at a briefing at the Ministry of Defence. A civil servant outlined to invited guests the failing system they were pursuing and lamented the failed uptake of women and ethnic minorities. (LGBT individuals were not yet a priority at that point).I asked: "do you want an army that reflects society or one that is effective?" The answer was "Well, both, hopefully." I explained that you can’t have both.
This led to the question of why the numbers of recruits from the Commonwealth and Ireland were being capped. Once again, she replied we want an army that reflects our society.Then, with a roll of her eyes, as if addressing a stupid little boy, she explained that things had moved on and now warfare was much more nuanced than when I served. Empathising with the people we were likely to meet overseas would, she explained, lead to much less violence and better understanding.
That put me in my place.During my service we certainly tried to empathise where possible but erred on making the enemy – for that is what they are – reluctant to tangle or better still terrified of us.
I would suggest that this lady never ever visits South Armagh. There are sections of the community there who given half a chance and allowed close enough would rip our faces off.
That is the reality.That was also the reality of the drug-addled West Side Boys in Sierra Leone, who took twelve members of my regiment hostage in 2000.
|Put these waste of space people in uniform |
and send them to battle
The SAS rescue which I was involved with from London realised far too late that empathising with these thugs had in fact made matters much worse and had in fact put the lives of the hostages in more danger. That is the difference between actual experience and daydreaming of a better world.Daydreaming of a better world is a very dangerous occupation and one that should be confined to specialist hospitals and universities.
As a parent of a serving officer, I am very worried that one day some dreamer will send my son into harm’s as part of a nuanced force and at serious risk to his life.
It is a real concern that the senior military care more about their PC profile than the men and women who dare to serve.
I unashamedly made it my priority to preserve the life and limbs of my young men where possible. No one who has had to bury teenagers would ever consider such dangerous nonsense on operations.Edward Gibbon noted in his Decline and Fall: "The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy….and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians." The Romans supported armed strength in theory, but did not wish to pay for it or to offer their own children as army recruits.My fellow Ulsterman Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson (who was murdered by the IRA), once said: "It is better to have no armed forces at all than have forces just big enough to invite attack but not strong enough to win."
I would urge Gavin Williamson, the new defence secretary, to wade in, purge the MoD of the PC dreamers, disband the Jedi and appoint someone to lead.
The Colonel has 'Pint Rights' in the Tavern.It is the Government’s duty to defend our nation.
Drink with and to him.
And pass the shovel around.