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In August 1944 the British Army commissioned a training film instructing new officers on how best to lead their men. For a new officer joining the ranks so late in the war it must have been a daunting task to lead men in to combat especially if those men had already seen action and the officer hadn’t.
You can view the whole fascinating film on Forces.TV by clicking on the link below.
Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the Battle for Goose Green on the Falkland Islands. In what has been remembered as the bloodiest land battle of the conflict, 55 Argentinian soldiers and 18 members of the Parachute Regiment were killed while almost a 1,000 Argentinians were taken prisoner.
Author’s Note; I have been doing some pretty serious stuff on the site recently and to balance it out about I have decided to start a new series of light hearted stories with a military theme. So welcome to the first instalment of the “Morale Officer” series.
The late Captain Mickey Munn – an all-round fine fellow, highly experienced pilot and, at the time, Sergeant in the Red Devils (UK Parachute Regiment display team) – was piloting a Britten Norman Islander to jumping altitude with a full load of hairy-arsed paras crammed into the rear of the aircraft. With no warning at all, a bang and a flash of flame, the port engine blew itself to pieces. Mickey’s hands flashed around the cockpit as he brought the aircraft under control. As soon as the aircraft was straight and level he turned to his passengers and said: “Phew. I think you chaps should…” But his words tailed away as he gaped at the empty passenger cabin. At the first sign of trouble, the paras had leaped from the aircraft and were at that moment floating serenely towards the earth. Mickey landed safely to tell the tale.