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The scandal of homeless ex-service people is something that upsets Aardvark a lot, as regular readers of this blog will know, so it makes the blue anteater marginally happier, that yet another organsiation has sprung up to try and help with the problem

UK Homes 4 Heroes is a non-profit charity set up on the 23rd April 2010 to aid our ex service men & women, who have served this country and after leaving, find themselfs in a situation of being homeless for what ever reason, long council housing list’s and low banding
means that they could be classed homeless for a long period, Read the rest of this entry

British Forces To Pull Out Of Sangin

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is expected to announce today that British Forces in Sangin province will hand over combat operations to US forces later on this year.

British forces in Sangin have been involved in some their heaviest fighting since World War 2, and a third of all our brave war dead have died there. Read the rest of this entry

Long Wars Are Unpopular In Modern Western Countries And Struggle For Support If They Go On For Years

The last war that was fought by Britain that had full public support was the Second World War, where we fought a recognised and deadly regime that really would have plunged the world into a new Dark Age. There was both the military and political will to beat Hitler, the bombing of British cities was a real tangible threat the public believed because they were the targets, their houses destroyed, relatives killed or wounded. Because the threat of death from the air was tangible the public knew they had no option, the indiscriminate use of Hitler’s V weapons later in the war kept the people in the firing almost to the end of the war in Europe. The Second World War was fought with the 3 things needed: The Military Means, the Political will and Public support, in short the objectives of the war were clear.

Move forwards in time 5 years, the date June 25th 1950, North Korea invades South Korea and Britain once again finds herself at war this time in a UN police action.The Korean war dragged on for 3 years, millions of Koreans died and many many UN soldiers died; the US lost more men killed in 3 years in Korea than it did in the whole Vietnam War. Britain suffered heavy losses as well, the stand of the Gloucester’s at the Imjin River was an action fought in the highest traditions of our armed forces. It must be remembered that we still had Conscription or National Service and in 1950 you got your call up papers on your 18th birthday. So unlike today’s forces which are 100% volunteers National Service men were forced to go and fight not only in Korea but also the Malayan Communist Emergency.
Korea was a little understood war and not particularly popular, when the war ended in a draw a communal sigh of relief went up. Korea started with the Military means, the Political will and Public Support, as the war dragged on the Political Will began to waver along with Public support.

The war that really changed public perception and support for wars was Vietnam


Vietnam has become the fear factor that is always raised when any UN or NATO action is mooted Read the rest of this entry