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08-05-2009, 09:52 AM
This reworking of Rudyard Kipling's famous 19th Century poem about fighting in Afghanistan has appeared several UK papers today. It is supposedly penned by a disgruntled (and anonymous) British soldier on deployment.

I should probably offer a translation of one or two terms:

* Bivvy - Bivouac shelter
* MOD - Ministry of Defence
* Oppo - Colleague
* Gimpy - GPMG, the UK version of the FN MAG

Seems as if not much has changed since the 19th Century...

St Albans, UK


When youíre lying alone in your Afghan bivvy,
And your life it depends on some MOD civvie
When the body armourís shared (one set between three),
And the firefightís not like it is on TV,
Then youíll look to your oppo, your gun and your God,
As you follow that path all Tommies have trod.

When the Gimpy has jammed and youíre down to one round,
And the faith that youíd lost is suddenly found.
When the Taliban horde is close up to the fort,
And you pray that the arty donít drop a round short,
Stick to your sergeant like a good squaddie should,
And fight them like Satan or one of his brood.

Your pay it wonít cover your needs or your wants,
So just stand there and take all the Talibanís taunts
Nor generals nor civvies can do aught to amend it,
Except make sure youíre kept in a place you canít spend it.
Three fifty an hour in your Afghani cage,
Not nearly as much as the minimum wage.

Your missus at home in a foul married quarter
With damp on the walls and roof leaking water
Your kids miss their mate, their hero, their dad;
Theyíre missing the childhood that they should have had
One day it will be different, one day by and by,
As you all stand there and watch, to see the pigs fly.

Just like your forebears in mid, dust and ditch
Youíll march and youíll fight, and youíll drink and youíll bitch
Whether Froggy or Zulu, or Jerry or Boer
The Brits will fight on Ďtil the battle is over.
You may treat him like dirt, but nowt will unnerve him
But I wonder, sometimes, if the country deserves him.

08-05-2009, 09:13 PM
Hey, thanks for posting that, Stayangry!

It's always been an honor and a pleasure to work with UK and Commonwealth counterparts! I know that you Brits, in particular, have tremendous challenges at home. I know your uniformed numbers are small, but here's to hoping that today's generation of UK veterans can find voice and form the nucleus of a movement to save Britain and reclaim your rightful future as essential cornerstone of Western civilization.

08-28-2009, 08:59 AM
Thats excellent. Gotta copy and past that, with the credentials of course.

Lone Piper
08-28-2009, 09:07 AM
Hints of Kipling here...great work!