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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Singapore Massacre (1915)
Saturday, December 16, 2006
In the meantime, the mutineers were laying siege to the bungalow of thecommander, Colonel Martin, which was effectively blocking the way into SingaporeTown. The Colonel and some men held out all night until they were relieved atdaybreak by armed volunteers and civilians. They were so successful that theycaptured a fair amount of the mutineers' artillery. This action cost one killedand five wounded. The mutineers scattered and despite heavy sniper fire from themutineers, the general population stayed calm as the militia fought sporadicbattles with the mutineers.

On Wednesday 17th February, the French cruiser Montcalm followed bysmaller Russian and Japanese warships arrived. They immediately unloaded a largenumber of Marines who immediately advanced on the mutineers. A sharp battleensued in which the mutineers came off second best. A large number of themsurrendered immediately, the rest scattered into the jungle. A large numbertried to escape across the Strait of Johore but were immediately rounded up bythe Sultan of Johore's army. In the meantime, the mutineers who had scatteredcontinued to wage a sniping war on the allies.

On Saturday 20th February, six companies of the 5th Shropshire Territorialarrived from Rangoon, relieving the sailors and Marines. They rounded up thelast of mutineers in a short time.Monday 22nd February saw the opening Courts Martial. These resulted in alarge number of the mutineers being shot in public. The largest of theseexecutions saw a firing party of 110 shooting 22 mutineers. The mutineers whosurrendered early were sent to fight in Africa against Von Lettow Vorbeck. Aleading Indian merchant was implicated in the plot and was proved to have sentmessages to the Turkish Consul in Rangoon offering him help by encouraging theIndian garrison in Singapore to mutiny. He was shot for his actions.

Final casualties were:-

British:- 33 military, 14 civilians (dead & wounded)
French:- 1 wounded
Russian:- 3 wounded
The mutiny lead to the compulsory military training of all Britons aged 18 to55 in Singapore. The source....
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:16 AM  
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