I've got a slide of Aussies running for cover when a yankee chopper thought they saw khmer and fired on the campsite when it was simply a local in the compound.
I've enough stories to write a book if I chose, it's interesting to know how the Aussies in Vietnam *really* died .. not how they're written up as dying which in some instances is quite different.
My father was an engineer in Vietnam and they spent much of their time avoiding "friendly fire" where possible. My dad used to "hit the ground" every time he heard a loud noise, or a helo. It was quite a childhood growing up with someone with undiagnosed PTSS who was vilified by the ignorant public.
rest of you
I thought the whole thing was quite amusing, and would have thoughs o regardless of who the 2 parties were. Obviously this thread has dragged in the "how dare you say anything bad about my countrymen even if they are in the wrong" crowd so I may as well go with the flow.
Firstly, it's a pretty STUPID soldier that cannot recognise a chinook. Add to that the fact that the Iraqis never had any aircraft in the air and the soldier moves from stupid to fooking stupid. Friendly fire instances such as this one are not acceptable, they're beyond stupid. I don't know if the article is true or not, it appears legitimate. But it's damn funny if it occurred and i'd like to have seen the stunned mullet look on his face as his "allie" landed the ch'ook ran after him and started hitting him.
Now we can argue whether the article is true or not until the cows come home but we all know that these type of friendly fire incidents HAVE happened during this little skirmish in Iraq so we can't deny that.
Again, if you think i'm not going to post things that clear up innaccuracies or that are ironic or funny just because you dont' want to see your countrymen portrayed in potentially poor like then you are very wrong indeed. I would post them about my own country but my countrymen have yet to have a recorded instance of firing at friendlies .. and i'm not about to make something up just to appease your egos.
You're right of course .. it was stupid .. but for anyone who can get beyond the "how dare they point out something like that about our boys" stage it is pretty funny.
The irony of your responses in these threads and your arguments about "humour" in private eMails is not lost on me.