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This review is from: Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan (Hardcover)
An amazing read. Makes you very very proud of the armed forces and equaly angry at the way they are not properly supported. Actually a very important book that should initiate discussion and outrage.
Many individual stories of heroism and brutal sacrifice written simply without embellishment.
Leaves you with the feeling that political expediancy and budget considerations continualy rate higher than the safety of the troops.I have to believe that if ever the government disclosed the real numbers of wounded the British people would demand that our troops be given the resources they need to give them the best possible chances of not being injured, particularly more helicopters. Every page seems to have an incident of maiming by IED that could probably have been avoided if more troops were moved around by chopper.A deeply disturbing read.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2011 02:46:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2011 02:50:20 GMT
An excellent review; in fact I've decided to buy this book because of your review. I often wonder why it's fine with the government (all governments it seems) for bankers to pocket 12 billion this year alone, in so called "bonuses" which are in addition to their over-inflated salaries; but the military budget must be cut wafer thin? 12 billion would go a long way to giving our Armed Forces the equipment they need, as it's about a third of the total MOD budget. I also find it strange that the MOD needs half a million "managers" to administer so few Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. That works out at roughly 2 - 3.5 MOD pen pushers per Soldier, Sailor and Airman; depending on whether you count the Servicemen we have now; or the much reduced number we soon will have. I remember reading a newspaper article during the Iraq war; in which it was reported that some MOD "officials" had to stay in Baghdad for two weeks. They lived in luxurious hotels and were given 24 hour bodyguard protection. They also received over £30,000 each "danger money". When it was asked why they received these large sums for such a short period, the MOD reported that it was because their jobs were "dangerous". The irony that they were receiving almost twice the annual salary of a junior ranking soldier or officer, who were most definitely in far more danger, seemed to be completely lost on the MOD and our political masters. Additionally unlike most Western armed forces; our armed forces when on active service, or in action, receive no "danger money" or "combat pay" (as the Americans do); nor do they cease to pay income tax; as Americans and Australians do, to state the policies of just two of our allies. There is something very seriously wrong with the way our National defences are funded; and their resultant massive neglect, which is apparently considered to be completely acceptable by our political masters.
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J. Page Jenkins says:
Love the book too david having a son in the welsh guards and when he was on that tour makes it all come to light what happen out there
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