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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:07
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From a friend.


Me and the lads out in Afghan in 2007.

There was about 60 of us surrounded by hundreds of Taliban.

The temp. was pushing 50 when we got there.

We went out on patrol every day carrying 50-60lb of weapons, ammunition and equipment.....

..... often getting into ferocious fire-fights with the enemy.

There were land mines, booby traps and IED’s everywhere.

We were living in derelict buildings, sleeping on camp beds and the water in the showers was ice cold.....(the temp. dropped to -20 over the winter)

......and the fuckers fired mortars or Chinese Rockets at us most nights.

We had to shit in a trench, sitting on a plank of wood with a hole in it....

....can you imagine what a trench full of shit smells like in 50 degrees heat?

And one week there wasn’t enough supply helicopters...

...so we had to make the decision as to whether we wanted food or ammunition?

We then lived on 2 x cups of noodles per day for 4-5 days.

Now.

I was lucky enough (depending on how you look at it) to get blown up after 2 months...

....and came home to get patched up and recover.

The boys did another 4 months of it.

By the end.....

2 were dead.

(not the lads in the picture)

Several others had suffered life changing injuries.

Numerous lads had been shot.

And one lad who’d been in my Section sadly took his own life last year after suffering years of PTSD.

That’s why it makes me want to fucking cry when I see on the news...

....that people can’t just stay in their fucking house for a couple of months.

You’ve got food.

Water.

A hot shower.

A nice comfy bed.

A telly, an iPad, a phone and music at your finger tips.

Amazon will deliver anything else you want to your house tomorrow.

Nobody is shooting at you.

And.

If you do need to go out for food.

You haven’t got to worry about stepping on a fucking booby trap!

So please.

The weather is going to be nice this week :sunglasses:.

But don’t be a dick.

Understand and appreciate how lucky you are to be in the position you’re in....

....and stay in your fucking house.

The sooner we all screw the nut the sooner this is over:punch::punch::punch:


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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:42
Which one's YOU? Very Happy
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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:44
None of them. Wink

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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:49
Oh. I took it that it was you, considering the post opens with "Me and the lads out in Afghan in 2007"!


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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:52
I took it from a friends page.

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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:55
I have a friend (well, he's a friend of two of my lads) who was there about that time. He's been a Marine for many years now.
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on Mon Apr 06 2020, 18:57
Good man.

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on Tue Apr 07 2020, 09:57
On about that sort of stuff, I can't understand the ending of Womland, it was supposed to be the last ever episode, but it was left has a cliffhanger, so I presume it is not the last ever episode ....
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on Tue Apr 07 2020, 10:00
Used to love that programme. Fell out with it the season before last though.

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on Tue Apr 07 2020, 10:48
Good post, Mac. It's a pity people don't really understand what these lads and lasses do.
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on Tue Apr 07 2020, 21:04
SPOILER ALERT. Does Sir Bob not realize some of us haven’t watched the last episode yet? We have one of those “ funny boxes” which gives us all UK programmes. ( and no licence needed)
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 09:38
@broady wrote:SPOILER ALERT. Does Sir Bob not  realize some of us haven’t watched the last episode yet? We have one of those “ funny boxes” which gives us all UK programmes. ( and no licence needed)  

I have hardly 'spoiled' it have I, and strangely over here in good old blighty, 'Homeland' as returned 'excloosively' to Channel 4 and that was were it was originaly shown, but I myself have only relatively recently discovered it, about two years ago on Netflix, because if you don't watch it from episode one of the first series, it is hard to follow, it is one of those types of TV series, and other similar series, with which you have had to watch all of the episodes, to grasp the storylines, are such as 'breaking wind' and 'better caul that paul" Laughing

Series 1 - 7 are on Netflix, but not series 8 I have had to watch that or record it from Channel 4.
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 09:45
@Joseph wrote:Good post, Mac. It's a pity people don't really understand what these lads and lasses do.

The latest series of 'Homeland' as been set in Afghanistan, and features the Taliban, and that is why I mentioned it in this topic, because although it is a fiction, the writers have wrote it in a way to 'try' and reflect what has happened in Afghanistan, and the way the military have operated there, and I don't want to spoil it for Broady, but it has tried to explain how America has been trying to get out of the place
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 10:24
It was to do with controlling the drugs trade!
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 10:31
Yes the opium crop, the poppy fields, first of all the British and American forces destroyed the poppy fields, but then they realised it was better to let them grow their poppies.
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 10:54
It was to stop the Taliban from taking control of the drug trade. If they had, they'd have tooled themselves up with arms, probably from Russia, and would've become a stronger force.
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on Wed Apr 08 2020, 22:15
Go ahead Sir Bob I watched it last night. Thank you for being your normal, courteous self. U are a gud ooman being.
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on Fri Apr 10 2020, 18:54
Very Happy.
Question, now you have watched. I stopped for the last two seasons, I got really bored of it. Did I miss much?

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