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    As I recall being told at the time, Private Stephen Griffen (+ Rest In Peace +) was part of a section attack advancing towards a local house held by the D.F.F., in front of the OUT-HOUSE, a burst of fire from the D.F.F. (from a czech-made Scorpion sub-machine gun) was directed at the Irish troops, 1 round hit Private Griffen in the eye, entering the skull, and severely wounded, he fell to the ground, his comrades managed to evacuate him still alive out of the field of fire and he was Medevaced to Israel, where despite all efforts to revive him, failed, he was placed on a life support machine, (I believe subsequently afterwards that his parents being informed of his condition gave permission for the machine to be turned off, and his kidneys were donated to a Jewish person and a Arab person.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by atiri View Post
    DAY ONE The way it worked was that if there was any trouble in the irish ao with a coy b coy or c coy the bn .reserve would be used So lots of times we were called to haddath school but they turned out to be false alarms So when we were called we thought here we go again wait an hour and then be stood down but this time it was different we were told we were going into at tiri to support c coy who were have trouble a christian half track had broken through their check point and was in the village.we mounted the trucks and went over hill 880 down into the village dismounted and a were told to take cover we went to the back of the house at the cross roads with the check point being at the front of the house Later my self and another guy moved to the porch of the house for better firing position than the christians put in a attack we could see them coming but we were not given any order to fire the guys at the back of the house were captured and Stevie Griffen who was on the gpmg got a bullet in his eye he died later from his injuries i cannot remember if it is at this stage that the christians brought up the tank to the check point but the tank approached with its gun facing away from us we had a ninety on the check point when it reached the check point it turned its gun around .They also had a half track at a ruined house about 200 meters from the checked point to the right Lots of the timing is muddled in my hesd but our prisioners were released the tank withdrew meanwhile the christian ferried in lots of children to pelt us with stones while this riot was happens their snipers were firing and they shot a fijian in the head we were then given the order to attack the old house but the christians had retreated they then started shelling us the dutch on hill 880 fired milan missiles at the tanks thats when the ninty went into the village and destroyed the half track that was there killing the gunner iv left out loads of stuff here maybe one of the other guys that was with me can fill in
    How about some punctuation and paragraph guy's . Trying to read this is a bit hard on the eye's but thank's for the story anyway .

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    Quote Originally Posted by atiri View Post
    Sorry about the punctuation . Just to mention the Dutch soldiers who helped us,they came down hill 880 in an A.P.C under heavy fire from an Super Sherman. They were brave soldiers i think there was 8 of them all privates, The Netherlandsshould be proud of them,
    There were at least 4 DUTCHBATT DAF YP- 408, 8-Wheel Dutch Armored Car's with tow missiles deployed at Hill 880 and at least two DAF YP-408 infantry carriers, mounting .5's and one Red Cross marked Ambulance version, used to medevac a Irish N.C.O. with a suspected twisted / broken ankle out of At-Tiri.

    The T.O.W. version DAF YP's were responsible for at least 2 confirmed "kills" against D.F.F. Super Sherman's and a third was a narrow miss when the guide wire to the missile broke causing the tow to erratically fly off unguided into the Enclave area, later "Major" Saad Haddatt was to rant on the Voice of Peace (?) radio station how the Irish tried to assassinate him with a rocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atiri View Post
    No Stevie and Martin kelly were manning a GPMG and facing the attack when the christians attacked The attack on the derilict house came days later a corporal from signals got theDSM for rushing to Stevies aid
    The list of DSM's for At-Tiri were:-

    Capt Adrian Ainsworth
    2nd
    At Tiri, Lebanon

    Lt Anthony Bracken
    2nd
    At Tiri, Lebanon

    Cpl Michael Jones
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    At Tiri, Lebanon

    Pte Michael John Daly
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    At Tiri, Lebanon

    Lt. Anthony Bracken of the 4th Motor Squadron for driving a landrover under fire to retrieve a wounded Irish soldier, (I believe Private Stevie Griffin was the wounded soldier).

    Can anybody post the citations for the other awards as I have never found them.

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    Adrian Ainsworth was awarded a MMG, not a DSM. AFAIK He crawled some distance under fire to go to the aid of a wounded soldier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    I think Michael John Daly was awarded for another incident in at tire,maybe a different time ,See below
    The claim was lodged by Comdt Adrian Ainsworth, who was one of three Irish peacekeeping personnel awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry as a result of a gun battle in the village of At Tiri in south Lebanon in April 1980.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atiri View Post
    I know he is called Adrian but he used to be called Odrian maybe its an Irish version .His father was a top guy in Irish police
    His Father was "two gun" Joe Ainsworth, who may have been Commissioner in the 80's.

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    That may not be fully accurate, One mistake I noticed was Lt Aeongus Murphy being killed in June 1986, when in fact he was killed on the 21st of August 1986.

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    There will always be some confusion about the 46th Bn and the actions of what happened,
    in At-Tiri and to those captured going behind the lines to relive O.P. RAS - O.P. BLIDA - O.P. MHAIBEB. as far as I am aware there exists, even to this day no written Battalionn history, itself an unusual fact,
    as there are Battalion history's for the preceding Irish Battalions and IrishBattalions that came afterwards in UNIFIL kept in the Military Library in the Curragh.

    Its also not helped by the following observation taken from:- "At-Tiri, or Bosnia Avoided: The Irish in UNIFIL 1978 -1995" by Robert Fisk, published in the Defense Force Review of2008.

    "For when the UN official history 0f the events of April 1980 was published, the events of At-Tiri were heavily censored, and all mention of the murders of Smallhorne and Barrett was expunged from the record."

    The relevant volumes, written by Lt.Col J. B. Ou-Prempeh of the Ghanian Army, Major S.R.S. Wirkkula of Finland and Sergeant C.J.E.D. Delawrence of Ghana, delete all mention of the Irish retaking of At-Tiri of the 12th April 1980.

    They make no reference to the death of at least two of Haddad's men in that action, thus removing the reasons for the killing of Barrett and Smallhorne.

    Even more disreputable however was the decision of the U.N. authors to censor out the very murders of the two Irish soldiers.

    Indeed the U.N.I.F.I.L. volume records the destruction of four U.N.I.F.I.L. Italian helicopters at Naqoura, and actually states that `the most serious consequence of shelling and sniping (sic) on Saturday 12 April was the loss medevac capacity´

    On another page of their report, the UNIFIL officers record the assault on Naquora head-quarters, in which the helicopters were burned, as `the most inhuman attack on a U.N.I.F.I.L. unit since the establishment of the force.´

    If this resume is to be believed, then the loss of four helicopters mattered more to the U.N. than the murder of two Irish soldiers, whose names, and terrible end have simply diapered from the text.

    Indeed, it may be noteworthy that the annex which lists the deaths of the UNIFIL troops - and from which Smallhorne and Barrett could scarcely be censored out yet again initially records the cause of death as `murder´. In later volumes, however this has been changed to `killed in action.´
    Perhaps after the investigation into the deaths of Corporal Heneghen, Private Armstrong, and Private Walsh, an official investigation should be carried out into the deaths of the members of the 46th Bn, instead of getting fobbed off with the excuse from the U.N., Department of Defence, The Irish army, that the self-confessed killer living in Detroit, would never get a fair trial in Lebanon, why has the trial to be in Lebanon, there is a nice soft spot in the Hague that could be made use of for a trial.

    We owe it to the memories of our murdered comrades, their families and the reputation of the organisations they volunteered to serve in, (both the Irish Defence Forces and the United Nations) that the full truth and correct record of history be known.

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    For those of ye on facebook, Irishbatt Unifil have a page. Some photos up already of the advance party collecting the vehicles from Beirut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atiri View Post
    I think Michael John Daly was awarded for another incident in at tire,maybe a different time ,See below
    The claim was lodged by Comdt Adrian Ainsworth, who was one of three Irish peacekeeping personnel awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry as a result of a gun battle in the village of At Tiri in south Lebanon in April 1980.
    Heard he ran into a isreali artillery barrage to pull a couple of guys out, meet the man once if its the same guy, nice guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infy View Post
    For those of ye on facebook, Irishbatt Unifil have a page. Some photos up already of the advance party collecting the vehicles from Beirut.


    Link????

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    Quote Originally Posted by A/TEL View Post
    Link????
    Go onto facebook and then type in irishbatt unifil. The latest photos will be there..

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    I met Mick Jones a couple of years ago (he's on his ticket a few years now,
    I believe)

    A very down to earth guy...
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    I can only see pics of old battalions on that.
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    Do you have to be on Facebook to see that?
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
    http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dublinmick View Post
    I can only see pics of old battalions on that.
    My thoughts exactly.
    Any chance of posting some pics from your recent visit here DM?
    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    My thoughts exactly.
    Any chance of posting some pics from your recent visit here DM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    My thoughts exactly.
    Any chance of posting some pics from your recent visit here DM?
    Good idea. Leave it with me, although it was extremely rushed and we barely got what we needed. We went off our own bat, so there was nothing planned and were not travelling with, or with the blessing of, the DF. They were, however, very geaceful when we pulled up at the gate in a battered Merc.

    Am heading back over on a press trip in mid July, though. That should be better.
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    Maybe you have to befriend them first, here is a link off the album I was talking about.
    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!...00001006380644

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    That link isn't working
    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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