Category Archives: Armed Forces

Monochrome Monday ~ England

Any mature and educated Englishman will recognise these images.

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jack collier

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Dixon of Dock Green

‘evnin all

we will remember them

At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month…..
the guns fell silent.

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silence after

blast, fuse, impact

ballistic parabola

shell, stink, smoke, spin

force, guncotton explodes

nitric acid and cellulose

primer, spark, trigger, target

sight, refraction, glass, light

trench, revetment, mud

bronze, steel, iron, wood

England and Germany

the Great War

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Dunkirk ~ Escape to Victory

On the 26th of May 1940 Operation Dynamo commenced ~ the Miracle of Dunkirk

History provides many examples of the British Army being asked to operate under appalling handicaps by the politicians responsible for British policy…..  Major General Mason-MacFarlane 15 May 1940

In six weeks from May 10th 1940 the Germans invaded western Europe, defeated the then allied, armies and conquered Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.  This was the Battle of France.

Because of the supine performance of the Belgians, and subsequent pathetic surrender of most of the French, the British Expeditionary Force, (BEF), found itself beleaguered and cut off from its supply routes, then pushed back into a pocket around the French port of Dunkirk.

The campaign in France and Flanders was lost in Whitehall and in Paris before it ever began….. ~  Montgomery

In stark contrast to the craven Belgian and French generals, who were prone to bursting into tears at times of crisis, the British behaved with courage, fortitude, and stoicism during that most difficult of military operations, a fighting withdrawal while still in contact with a superior enemy.

One cannot belittle the steadfastness of the soldiers of the BEF, their discipline and morale under the most testing circumstances ~ of retreat, uncertainty, and the ever present scourge of the Luftwaffe.  ~  Julian Thompson

The BEF fought on as a fantastic plan was hatched to evacuate as much of the army as possible back to England.  This evacuation from Dunkirk was given the code name Operation Dynamo.

With the support of the RAF, (Royal Air Force); the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and the immortal Little Ships, the bulk of the men and women of the BEF were lifted from the shores of defeated France and brought safely home to England.

All in all, 338,226 British and Allied troops were landed in England from Dunkirk between 27th May and 4 June 1940.  239,555 were lifted from Dunkirk harbour, and 98,671 were plucked directly from the beaches.

Almost all of their equipment was lost, but the men and women of the BEF were rescued, and that allowed Great Britain to fight on, alone against the Nazi scourge.

On June 4th 1940, after it was all over, Sir Winston Churchill said, (as part of a much longer speech given to Parliament):

We shall go on to the end…..  we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender…..  Churchill

The Army would not return to France in force for another 4 years and 2 days.  Without the Miracle of Dunkirk, Britain would have been defeated by the Nazis,  and then D-Day ~ Operation Overlord could not have happened on June 6th 1944, and all of Continental Europe would have spent decades under the sadistic boot of Hitler, and then, after Herr Hitler’s inevitable demise, Europe would have suffered that even worse monstrous dictator, Stalin.

This only proves that English determination, steadfastness, stoicism, and sheer bloody-mindedness are better than Gallic passion ~ on a any day of the week.

An Englishman, a Briton, will never surrender to tyranny from Europe.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Coronia, previously HMS Watchful, one of the Little Ships at Dunkirk, currently undergoing restoration in the marina at my home town

Snow Day

Walking in clean, virginal snow makes me feel really special.

Where I live, in very temperate England, close to the sea, I don’t see a lot of snow.  Well, today it’s pretty cold here ~ just below freezing.  There’s been a little snow in the night, maybe 3 or 4 inches.  Snow and England are not natural soul-mates.

One snowflake in Central London and the meteorologists warn of climatological Armageddon ~ and so it was yesterday.  This particular cold-snap is being called ‘The Beast From The East’, and the weather men are saying this will be the worst cold weather in England since 1991, with ‘up to’ six inches of snow covering most of the country.

Thousands of London commuters were told they must complete their journeys by 6pm to ensure they would actually get home, and local authorities declared snow emergencies.  Hundreds of trains and dozens of flights were cancelled last evening, and allegedly the major roads are in chaos.

Social media, women’s pages in the newspapers, and posters in doctors’ surgeries are full of advice on how to cope with the cold weather.  Some of this advice sounds stupid; iced tea will warm you up more than hot chocolate, hug a hot water bottle between your thighs, stick your socks in the microwave, and think like a monk to get warm.

And, the ‘Met Office’ warns that the worst is yet to come… You’d think the English didn’t know about snow…  Have you never heard of Scot of the Antarctic?

It’s not like we’ve never had snow here before.  Back in the day, when I was nobbut a lad in short trousers, and central heating was something only the Queen had, we had some brutal winters.  Whole trains were stranded in the middle of nowhere, Royal Air Force helicopters airlifted fodder to sheep starving in the hills, and the army was called in to keep major roads open.  The wind cut like a knife, the ice was on the inside of my bedroom window, and my spit froze before it hit the ground.  (Being young boys it wasn’t just our spit we tested to see how fast it froze.)

Although the Met Boys feign surprise, it’s not like here in England we don’t get a nasty cold snap in late February or early March.  It happens most years, and it’s called the Buchan Cold Spell.  Jeez the Taiwan Weather Girls might be better at forecasting English weather than our Meteorological Office.

The weather here is just a little inclement, so I will not be going far today.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

due to the snow, today is cancelled

 

 

The Guns Fell Silent

Ninety-Nine years ago today;

on the eleventh hour

of the eleventh day

of the eleventh month

in 1918

the guns fell silent

From Great Britain and  it’s colonies 744,000 were killed in combat, or were missing in action, and 1,675,000 were wounded in the Great War ~ The War to End All Wars.

If I should die,

think only this of me,

that there’s some corner of a foreign field,

That is forever England.

~ Rupert Brooke

Jack Collier

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Soldiers on the Streets of England

Modern Women know full well their own worth.

On Monday night a disaffected Muslim named Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a bomb in the Foyer of Manchester Arena as people were leaving a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.  The audience had largely consisted of young women and girls.  The innocent dead amounted to 22 souls and some 59 were seriously injured.

Terrorism is a psychological warfare.  Terrorists try to change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.  ~  Patrick J. Kennedy

The passage of the hours since that cowardly attack has not brought any peace to the hearts of the English.  The mood in England today is one of sombre outrage.  There is no longer much forgiveness, acceptance, nor willingness to understand the Muslim minority living among us.  I have no doubt that in the months to come new laws will be enacted to curtail the activities of the 3,000 or so known jihadists living in England.  It is only a matter of time before internet access is restricted for some people.  The Army is already patrolling the streets of our major cities to support armed police.

The presence of armed soldiers on the streets is no mere token gesture.  These soldiers are not the tourist-friendly Guards Regiments in their red tunics we are accustomed to seeing on the streets of London.  These soldiers are battle ready and fully equipped to kill.  The Army has already deployed around 1,000 heavily armed personnel to guard London landmarks including Parliament and Buckingham Palace.  Some of these men are from elite units such as the Paratroop Regiment.  Soldiers in camouflage combat gear and carrying loaded SA-80 rifles are now patrolling alongside officers of the Metropolitan Police.  There will never be any official comment, but there is no doubt that elements of the United Kingdom’s Special Forces will be on alert.

This is all part of what was meant to be a secret government plan called Operation Temperer, which can put up to 5,000 armed troops on the streets in response to a major terrorist threat.

It is now axiomatic that certain elements of the Muslim community in the United Kingdom are a real and present danger to the rest of society, especially to young women.  The sadly disgusting fact is that Muslim men regard free, liberated, educated western women and girls as third class citizens, little better than whores.  This deliberate attack on young women who had attended a concert given by a sexually confident female pop star is a symptom of the hatred Muslim men feel towards western women.

Muslims are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime towards women including; forced marriage, sexual slavery, honour killings, sexual assault, rape and the grooming of young girls who are lead into prostitution.  It is reprehensible that many of these crimes have been ignored or downplayed by officialdom in the name of racial and religious tolerance.

In the United Kingdom today our politicians and senior government officials are now protected by armed troops, from some of the Army’s elite units.  Meanwhile the rest of us, we ordinary people are told to carry on as normal.  These are not normal times.  We ordinary people are angry and afraid.  The left-leaning liberal politicians let these Islamic animals into our country, and now they are protecting themselves by putting soldiers on the streets.

I have a question for these politicians and government officials.  You have the Army protecting you, but who is protecting us?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Up Yours EU

The Steel Of The New Iron Lady.

flagThere is a wailing and gnashing of teeth among Britain’s left-leaning inner city liberal elite today.  The snowflake Guardian newspaper has completely thrown its toys out of the pram.  Tim Farron, the pathetic failed Leader of the Liberal Party, says that Teresa May has completely betrayed Britain.

All because, in a landmark speech yesterday, British Prime Minister Teresa May signaled that she fully accepts the will of the majority of the English Peoples and will negotiate the hardest of hard Brexit with the moribund European Union.

There is a 12 point plan for when Britain finally exits European Super State, the major elements of which are;

  1. Britain will leave the European Single Market.
  2. We will end freedom of movement and take control of immigration.
  3. Britain will no longer accept rulings from the European Court of Justice.
  4. We will leave the European Customs Union.
  5. Britain will look to the whole world when we make our own trade agreements.

The Prime Minister gave European politicians a stinging ultimatum and said that she will just walk away from a bad deal, and that if they don’t negotiate a mutually beneficial trade deal with the United Kingdom they will be committing an ‘act of calamitous self harm’.

Addressing stunned European Union ambassadors she threatened that Britain will set itself up as a low tax rival if European leaders tried to impose a punitive exit deal on Britain.  If Europe doesn’t play ball, then Britain will just walk away and let them get on with it.  Anyhow, it’s likely that the European Union will implode after Britain leaves.

trooping-the-colour-tTeresa May is waving both the carrot and the stick, and it’s a pretty big stick.  Britain is the fastest growing G7 economy, the fourth biggest economy in the world, the second biggest contributor to NATO after the USA, London is the world’s greatest financial centre, and English is the only truly world language.

The original Iron Lady was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who had a close political relationship with President Ronald Reagan.  Perhaps Teresa May and Donald Trump will forge a similar history making Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  Perhaps Mr. Trump could even persuade Teresa May to throw cold water on the whole stupid, tax funded, man-made climate change CO2 hysteria.  After all, England has bugger all in common with Europe, and a hell of a lot of shared history and culture in common with America.

Some say that all Britain will regret turning our backs on the European Union.  And, that our economy will falter and fail.  All I know is Europe ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Falklandsthese opinions are mine and mine alone

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Forgotten Modern History

In December seventy years ago the French decided they would stay in Indochina.  This set off a chain of misery which did not end when the Americans were defeated by Vietnamese communists in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. French occupation of Vietnam ended with their defeat at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.  The Vietnamese Cambodian war then went on until 1991.

Billy Joel ~ We Didn’t Start The Fire

Please listen responsibly.

Perhaps we should all learn a little more forgotten history.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

poetry and the modern man

Back when Fred Flintsone was a boy I had to learn poetry in school.  Back then I didn’t appreciate poetry at all.  Teaching poetry to a bunch of hard, canny, North of England boys must have been a frustrating task.  We all thoughts that poets were effete, pretentious, and of doubtful sexuality.  Most of all, we thought they were ‘southerners’.

What I didn’t realise back then is the depth of thought and feeling that a good poet puts into every single word and stanza.

Adventure, history, love, lust, myths and legends, tragedy, unrequited love, war… all of these and more are to be found in poetry.  And, even a short poem evokes feelings that the longest novel cannot even begin to touch.

Thiepval

Today is November the 11th.  In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month the guns fell silent.

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England.

The Soldier  ~  Rupert Brooke

Poetry is also about love.  If you want to melt the heart of a woman try poetry.  If her heart is unmoved, then move on, because she just isn’t worth the effort.

‘Tis better to have loved and lost,

Than never to have loved at all.

Tennyson

And just to prove that a great line never dies;

Please listen responsibly.

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July 4th 1776

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Oddly enough, the English don’t celebrate U.S. Independence on the 4th of July.  Or perhaps, not so oddly, since it was us your forefathers wanted to be independent from.

On July 4th 1776 the 13 American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, and thereby regarded themselves as no longer part of the British Empire.

From time to time we English have fought hard for our independence too.

Funny how people never realise just what they’ve got until it’s gone.

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flightjackcollier7@talktalk.net

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