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Irish Guards do the nativity in Helmand

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  • Irish Guards do the nativity in Helmand

    The Irish Guards are not known as amateur thespians but, in the festive spirit, put on a nativity performance with a military twist at their camp in Helmand Province this week.

    In the absence of any primary school children at Camp Shorabak, the Afghan National Army base they call home, the Irish Guards hammed up their weekly Church Parade, with Officers and Guardsmen playing all the major parts of the Nativity.

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    stay safe lads.

    ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

    The Rifles

  • #2
    "OH!!! Forcing the Western Religions on the already browbeaten Afghans!! Another sign of abuse by Western Soldiers!""

    Only kidding mate, looks a bit of craic

    On an aside, that guy three in from the right, the Major, looks alot like Doug Beattie, the author.
    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.


    • #3
      It had to be an Irish Unit

      because if it was a Brit UNit

      they would be hard pressed to find 3 wise men

      but inundated with virgins

      donkeys and gold (soverign rings)
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.