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  • Andy Jones letter

    Just read a letter in the Irish times today from the above. we are our own worst enemy

  • #2
    Is this the one......



    Madam, – I am looking forward with a degree of trepidation to the Queen’s visit to our shores. Let me hasten to add that my fears are not concerned with the rightness or otherwise of the visit’s timing. I am worried that our Defence Forces’ performance of the military ceremonial involved may not be up to the routine standard of excellence delivered by her own services.

    As a former member of the reserve of our Army, I have to say that our performances over the years have been patchy, ranging from the sublime to the downright embarrassing. During the coming visit, the eyes of the world, not just those of the UK, will be on our military. Only a top-drawer performance will be acceptable. The Army top brass have had plenty of time to prepare for this, so there will be no excuses. Let the world see that whatever about being able to manage our economy, at least we can turn out a decent guard of honour. – Yours, etc,

    ANDY JONES,

    Mullagh,

    Co Cavan.



    But we should have no worries- JFK was more than impressed- and he had inspected quite a few honour guards, including British.

    "Congratulations, that is the finest honour guard I have ever seen"
    JFK to Lt. Frank Colclough.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eepw4Obeyc
    Last edited by timhorgan; 14 May 2011, 11:03.

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    • #3
      ranging from to to to here
      Last edited by Buck; 14 May 2011, 11:07.
      I knew a simple soldier boy.....
      Who grinned at life in empty joy,
      Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
      And whistled early with the lark.

      In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
      With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
      He put a bullet through his brain.
      And no one spoke of him again.

      You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
      Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
      Sneak home and pray you'll never know
      The hell where youth and laughter go.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by timhorgan View Post
        Is this the one......








        But we should have no worries- JFK was more than impressed- and he had inspected quite a few honour guards, including British.

        "Congratulations, that is the finest honour guard I have ever seen"
        JFK to Lt. Frank Colclough.



        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eepw4Obeyc
        I'm sure the cadets will have been drilled senseless................. they and the rest of the troops taking part will have other duties to be getting on with, unlike the footguards who spend a sizeable chunk of their time on dedicated ceremonial before switching to their green role.
        Last edited by northie; 14 May 2011, 12:29.

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        • #5
          Mod: Thread title altered
          "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.

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          • #6
            Mr Jones

            http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563337332
            "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"

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            • #7
              I would be interested to know just how many ceremonial duties he has been involved in or witnessed the DF conduct and to how many HM ceremonial duties he has attended in which he has based his opinion on. None would probably be an accurate assumption and as such his letter serves only to embarrass himself nationally.
              Once more unto the breach, dear friends

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              • #8
                I see is from Clonee originally. Someone here definitely knows him...
                I wonder how many weeks he was in the RDF?.


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • #9
                  I wonder if he has some beef with the RDF?

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                  • #10
                    Lads i know which unit is doing the GoH(not gonna say which. PERSEC) and they have been drilled for weeks!Ceremonial section from DFHQ have even inspected them before they were given the all clear.I wish them best of luck and i know they will do us proud!
                    (Its just a pity our SD's look shite compared to other Armies but hey,that a whole other issue)
                    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by apod View Post
                      Lads i know which unit is doing the GoH(not gonna say which. PERSEC) and they have been drilled for weeks!Ceremonial section from DFHQ have even inspected them before they were given the all clear.I wish them best of luck and i know they will do us proud!
                      (Its just a pity our SD's look shite compared to other Armies but hey,that a whole other issue)
                      I'd imagine they've been at it a while alright. Is the same unit doing a GoH for Obama too?
                      I knew a simple soldier boy.....
                      Who grinned at life in empty joy,
                      Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
                      And whistled early with the lark.

                      In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
                      With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
                      He put a bullet through his brain.
                      And no one spoke of him again.

                      You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
                      Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
                      Sneak home and pray you'll never know
                      The hell where youth and laughter go.

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                      • #12
                        I have no doubt they will be a credit to the army and the country
                        '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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                        • #13
                          I can't express how insensed I am at this letter being writen and then published! The long hours and Days that I am my buddies have spent on squares, rehearsing footdrill, giving 100% effort to do Credit to the Organisation, Each other and the Flag on our shoulders makes me so proud of the uniform I have the honour of wearing. Yea sure there are bags of ham in parts of the Df, just as in all organisiation around the world. But for that Bast*rd to publicly besmirch the whole Irish Amry and Amry Reserve due to his own personal negitive experience makes my blood boil.

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                          • #14
                            he is just a college boy with little military knowledge...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by golden rivet View Post
                              he is just a college boy with little military knowledge...
                              That covers most of the military posters on Boards.ie


                              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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