Skip to comments.Iraq is just another job (Inspirational, complimentary article on the legendary Black Watch troops)
Posted on 10/25/2004 1:59:21 AM PDT by Stoat
|Iraq is just another job|
at Black Watch HQ in Shaibah
THE Black Watch troops heading for Iraqs so-called triangle of death insisted yesterday it was an HONOUR.
And their commanding officer declared: Frankly this regiment beat Napoleon, beat the Kaiser and it beat Hitler.
For the jocks of the Black Watch this is just the latest chapter in our history and just another job to be done.
Lt Col James Cowan paid tribute to his troops courage as 767 members of the Scottish regiment made final preparations to head north from Basra.
He blasted sensationalist talk about the threat they face in linking up with the US 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit south of Baghdad.
Lt Col Cowan said the speculation had needlessly upset families of the troops back home.
He described the Black Watchs mission as deploying forces to best effect.
And he said of the Americans: Theyll do it their way and well do it our way. We are very comfortable with our rules of engagement.
My soldiers will act as a force for good in a new and different part of this country.
Captain Tim Petransky, 29, from Hull, said: This triangle of death stuff is pure hype that does nothing but upset our relatives and friends back home. We try not to take any notice of it.
|Our prayers ... soldiers bow their
heads in 48-degree desert heat of Iraq
Lance Corporal Jamie Steele, 23, from Dunfermline, said: Everyone in Black Watch sees it as a huge honour that the Americans have chosen us to support them.
This operation holds no fears for us. Its been made to sound a lot worse than it is. Tony Blairs made a big promise well be back for Christmas.
So were just looking forward to going up and getting the job done.
The Black Watch will help quell militant uprisings.
Private Stewart David, 21, from Kennoway, Fife, said: Were not paid to worry about the rights and wrongs of any operation. Were here to do a job and come back safe, regardless of politics.
We want to go. There are 130,000 American troops here so for them to need Black Watch to sort it out is something special.
|Formation ... soldiers march to pipes and drums
The regiment will deploy Warrior troop carriers, Scimitars and Land Rovers in the notorious Sunni Triangle.
Yesterday troops attended a final church service before they begin their 250-mile journey north.
They were unfazed as an explosion outside the camp briefly interrupted the sermon by Chaplain Aled Thomas.
Soldiers sang Amazing Grace and The Battle Hymn Of The Republic, accompanied by the rousing sound of the bagpipes.
They also marched to the sound of pipes and drums as row upon row of Warriors glistened in the 48°C sun.
The Black Watch boasts a fearsome reputation for bravery. The regiment has fought in every major conflict since it was founded in 1739.
|Our paper ... troops reading Scottish
edition of forces' favourite - The Sun
Lance Corporal Lewis Montague, 23, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, said of being asked by the Americans to help: We really do see this as a huge honour.
I have a poster signed by an American from our last tour that says, Thank God you are on our side. We did a great job last time and well do a great job this time.
It seems The Sun is the only paper that believes we are up to this job. We are totally confident about going up there and getting stuck in.
God Save the Black Watch!
Just kill them boys, just keep killing 'em.
Thank you very much for the link! Sincerely appreciated :-)
Greeeaat !! Iraq soldier heros bump!
Looks like a great blog! Thank you :-)
Never thought I'ld be praising the SUN newspaper, but, yeah, good article.
It's true that they do print a lot of silly, gossipy stuff but they have been solidly behind the troops and solidly in support of victory in this war. They publish some spectacular, exclusive photos on occasion and I've found some absolutely essential articles in the Sun from time to time...sometimes they are the first out with breaking news and great, eye-popping pictures. I'm very happy to hear that you liked the article :-)
This article literally gives me chills. I just love these guys, I love them!! Wish we had more like them at home.
God Bless them!
OhWAIT!!Kerry insists the US is going is alone!Silly moi!;)
God Bless them!
OhWAIT!!Kerry insists the US is going it alone!Silly moi!;)
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