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Feminist Zealots or Useful Addition to Front Line Forces?

Feminist Zealots or Useful Addition to Front Line Forces?

women soldiersColonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces on the front line in Afghanistan, has recently caused quite a stir with his outspoken comments about the female recruitment surge which fell at the first hurdle. The Royal Armoured Corps is one of the British Army’s largest and most important regiments for conventional warfare land forces deployments.

The RAC recently invited applications from female soldiers which, if they are accepted, would mean British ladies fighting in tank battalions for the first time in history. There was just one small problem despite this beacon of modern liberalism welcome all ladies with open arms…… they didn’t really want to!

In early 2016, the first combat unit opening its doors to women was our very own Royal Armoured Corps. There was much praise from the politicians (who made it happen of course!) The trouble was their claims that women would join in their droves proved quite misguided and presumptuous when a ridiculously small number of women actually volunteered to take up this “opportunity”.

The MOD recently released information after a Freedom Of Information Act Request was placed upon them. The information released under the FOI request showed that just 70 female army recruits had enquired about joining the RAC and of those 70, only around 30 of them had the RAC down as their “first choice”, in other words the rest of them had it further down the sheet of possible attachments.

As Colonel Kemp pointed out in no uncertain terms, and I have to agree with him here, this is an exercise in political correctness which jeapordises both the safety of the thousands of male troops alongside whom those few women will serve, and the safety of the entire Army. The drive towards extreme liberalism where the roles of men and women are increasingly blurred is frankly an exercise in the ridiculous. Women generally do not want to serve alongside men in every single role they perform, and this is no longer just a theory or a belief, but is a proven fact based on these figures. And quite honestly, I would not want a daughter of mine to WANT to serve alongside men on the front line. You can bleat on about equality all you like, but in my opinion my daughter is NO LESS FREE by being back on home soil, safe and sound and not facing bullets or missiles, so thanks very much for the offer but no thanks all the same! Thankfully my daughter feels the same way!

Colonel Kemp was quoted as saying “The Army did not want this, but it was forced on them by politically-correct politicians and feminist zealots who themselves would not dream of serving in close combat units.”

He is spot on, and he should be given credit for speaking his real mind unlike the politicians forcing this insane policy on the British Army.


Call me old fashioned, you won’t be the first by a long chalk, but I joined the military with the idea of protecting the women and children of my homeland, not to die alongside them. What’s the point in that? And for those who would say “women are just as important as men” my answer would be “No they are not, they are MORE important than men!” And that is precisely why I do not want them dying on the front line, but staying safely out of harms way while the physically stronger gender go and risk their stupid necks for the greater good! Why do news reports even to this very day still talk of how many “women and children” are dying in Aleppo, Syria, or in refugee camps in Calais or Ukraine? If we are all 100% equal, how come these liberal journalists still get to talk about “women and children”. Why don’t the dying men carry as much importance as those women? Why? Because truthfully, the men’s lives are NOT as important. The death of men is tragic and horrible, but not AS tragic and horrible as the death of women.

For those who seek to accuse people with beliefs like mine of being bigotted, I would say quite the opposite. I value women’s lives MORE THAN YOU! So let them tend the wounded, feed the families left behind, hell even run the government, but stay safely out of flying shrapnel. I truly mean it when I say it’s no place for a women. The feminists take this statement to mean I think less of women, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, and it’s an unfair accusation without any basis, but it serves their purpose to silence the few people left who are prepared to hold onto more traditional values. I think too much of any women I know, than to want to see them in war. That’s my only point here.

I will end with what I think are some excellent and brave words by Colonel Kemp:

“Having a very tiny minority of women serving in what will remain pretty much all-male units will be counter-productive and harmful to morale and combat effectiveness.

The whole thing will turn out to be a very costly, damaging and futile exercise in political correctness, funded, of course, by the taxpayer.”

See it through their eyes – Battlegroup Afghanistan

See it through their eyes – Battlegroup Afghanistan

The conflict in Afghanistan has seen the men of the Royal Armoured Corps engaged in some of the fiercest fighting since World War Two.

Now they tell their story in The Tank Museum’s new exhibition ‘Battlegroup Afghanistan – The Armoured Soldiers’ story which opens to the public in April.


In their own words, the serving soldiers will share their experiences and views of a conflict that is soon to enter its tenth year. In a recreated Forward Operating Base, visitors will see the vehicles used by the armoured regiments and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and conditions of life on operations today.

Researchers have spent hours interviewing soldiers from various regiments who have seen action in Afghanistan to create the new exhibition, providing a vast amount of audio and video content that visitors will hear and watch as they explore the Forward Operating Base. True stories from the front line will include examples of day-to-day bravery that the public have never had the opportunity to hear until now.

To mark the opening of this exhibition visitors will have the chance to meet serving-soldiers and find out more about life and work in the hostile climate of Afghanistan, try on the soldiers’ desert kit, try soldiers rations, learn how to make dirty water clean, and learn more about the weapons and equipment of the modern army.

On the special message wall, visitors can leave messages for the Royal Armoured Corps soldiers on active service before trying their hand at a range of craft activities.

Duke of Westminster launches memorial fund to honour Liverpool World War One Pals

Duke of Westminster launches memorial fund to honour Liverpool World War One Pals


The Duke of Westminster, Honorary Colonel of The Royal Armoured Corps, today pledged £10,000 to The Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund as part of a campaign to commemorate Liverpool’s World War One sacrifice.

At the campaign’s launch held at Liverpool town hall councilman Joe Anderson generously presented a cheque for £10,000 on behalf of Liverpool’s city council.

The charity hopes to raise £40,000 to create the memorial as a permanent mark of respect to the King’s Liverpool Regiment – nicknamed ‘The Pals’, who served in some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War including the Arras, the Somme and Passendale.

The preferred location for the memorial is Lime Street Station as many left from there for the last time.

The Duke of Westminster, who is patron of the Fund, said: “I’ve recently become a commissioner for war graves and commemorating our dead from World wars and indeed other conflicts actually makes us what we are, it’s part of our being.”

The Duke added: “Almost a century has passed and it is only right and fitting that the civic pride these men carried along the Western Front is reciprocated by the city.”

In 1914 Lord Derby told crowds enlisting: “This should be a battalion of Pals, a battalion in which friends from the same office will fight shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool.”

The Royal British Legion launches 2011 Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion launches 2011 Poppy Appeal

poppys_300x168The launch of the 2011 Poppy Appeal, which is aiming to break previous years’ fundraising totals by raising £40m, was yesterday attended by Members of HM Armed Forces.

The appeal, which is celebrating its 90thanniversary this year, raises funds needed to support those currently serving in Afghanistan, veterans of past conflicts, and their families.

The 2011 campaign has been launched with an online campaign and a chart-destined official single recorded by the Bee Gee’s Robin Gibb and forces pop sensations The Soldiers. At the launch The Soldiers performed the official Poppy Appeal song for 2011, I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.

This year’s Poppy Appeal involves a new social media campaign where members of the public can to log on to and pin a poppy to an online photograph, add a message of support, and place it alongside thousands of others on an interactive wall.

The Poppy Appeal distributes around 45 million poppies, 100,000 wreaths and sprays and 750,000 Little Remembrance Crosses which are all made at the RBL’s Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey.

Prince Charles and the Duke of Westminster to attend military display in Newcastle to mark the Yeomanry’s 40th Anniversary

Prince Charles and the Duke of Westminster to attend military display in Newcastle to mark the Yeomanry’s 40th Anniversary

prince_of_wales_generalIn his capacity as Royal Honorary Colonel of the regiment, The Prince of Wales will salute 60 soldiers of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry, from the Territorial Army, at Newcastle’s Grey’s Monument.

The regiment then marches on through the city centre behind a convoy of tanks, and flanked by army cadets and veterans. The Prince will be joined by Coun. Geoff O’Brien, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, and the Duke of Westminster, for the procession.

The Duke to Westminster, who is the Honorary Colonel of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY), and the Lord Mayor will before the parade inspect the service men and women before they set off at 11am.

Also marching with the soldiers will be a large number of Army Cadets and old veterans. They will be led by 12 CVR (T) Scimitar tanks and music from The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, said: “We are delighted his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be sharing this special day with us and I am looking forward to welcoming him and the servicemen and women of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry to Newcastle for this important occasion.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Graham, the Commanding Officer of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry, said: “It is a real privilege to be given the Freedom of Newcastle, and a formal salute from our Royal Honorary Colonel, The Prince of Wales.

“The Queen’s Own Yeomanry is celebrating 40 years as a Regiment in which we have deployed soldiers all over the world, wherever a conflict has taken place.

“We currently have 30 QOY soldiers serving alongside their regular counterparts in some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

Wootton Bassett lowers its flag for last time as it prepares for repatriations to move to Brize Norton

Wootton Bassett lowers its flag for last time as it prepares for repatriations to move to Brize Norton

The repatriation flag will be lowered for the last time in Wootton Bassett tonight. As the sun sets, the church bell will toll to mark the end of an era for a town that has become synonymous with the death of British servicemen and women.

Since 2007 Wootton Bassett has ground to a halt each time the bodies of British service personnel are driven through the high street after being repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham. Thousands of visitors and locals have stood with bereaved families to watch corteges pass through on its way to a hospital in Oxfordshire.

woottonWotton Bassett and it’s residents have seen 345 servicemen and women repatriated through RAF Lyneham since the base assumed the duty in April 2007.

The return of the body of 24-year-old Daniel Clack, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand marked the 167th and final repatriation for Wootton Bassett and took place on 18 August.

RAF Brize Norton now holds the sole responsibility for repatriations as RAF Lyneham prepares to close next year.

Wootton Bassett is now ‘Royal’ Wootton Bassett after the town was granted royal patronage in March 2011 by the Queen in recognition of its efforts to honor the UK’s war dead.