BBC1 - 23rd September 2009 - 2100 - "Wounded"

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  1. "Documentary following the journey of two injured soldiers: 19-year-old Ranger Andy Allen who, in July 2008, had his right leg blown off and his eyes badly burnt by an improvised explosive device; and 24-year-old Lance Corporal Tom Neathway, who lost three limbs after moving a booby-trapped sandbag.

    Unconscious and watched by their families, they fight for their lives, but surviving their injuries is just the beginning."
  2. Big bump from me.

    Absolutely inspiring.

  3. Absolutely outstanding viewing.

    I have been moved to tears through most of this. Those boys have been through hell and are still fighting their way through the other side of it. I'd always been led to believe that Selly Oak was a terrible place to be sending our wounded servicemen and women, but I have to say that the staff there are obviously doing an amazing job, every single one of them......thank you.
  4. Bloody awesome. Best piece of TV for a long time.

    Shame our great PM was out of the country. I hope someone sticks it in front of his nose when he gets back from gladhanding in New York.
  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Truly humbling when you witness the spirit of these young men & women.

    The injured & their families simply come across as inspirational- the Doctors & medical staff are nothing short of superb.

    One can only hope those in government making foreign policy military decisions actually visit every single serviceperson returning to UK together with their families, to witness the consequence of their actions.
  6. How come you've all watched it? I'm still recording it, and according to my Radio Times, it ends at 2315, in a few minutes time. Is my TV running slow or something?

    2BM @2310.
  7. Part 1 was at 9 pm. Part 2 started after the news and has just finished.
  8. Likewise, I've lost count of the tissues I've used. Absolutely aweinspiring, the staff are nothing short of brilliant, and the courage and determination of those boys, there are no words to adequately describe it. Every politician in this country should be made to watch it.
  9. Levers_Aligned

    Levers_Aligned War Hero Moderator

    Agreed. But they won't. Rest assured, the Westminster fart-bubble is currently filled with career nobodies sharpening up their public image, ready to venture forth onto the public stage within the next couple of weeks in a desperate attempt to save their jobs. The whole penis-nest we begrudgingly accept as the seat of power for this nation isn't tuning into what Joe Public watches, i.e. the courage of a few ordinary lads in extraordinary situations, but they will be busy plotting their way forward into an election which ordinarily should see 'none of the above' selected.

    I must say that I cried during tonight's documentary. I shed a tear at their bravery and in the fact that we matelots (save for a few) do kinda escape the horror of warfare and are effectively blessed. I also was touched by the absolute dedication of the people at Selly oak and Headley Court, the latter of whom I do know quite a few, who patch these people back up and maximise their drive to get back on the rails. F**k politicians. We, as servicemen owe them nothing. We owe the British people our loyalty and not some cabal of shady *********** who make crass decisions that cost us so dear. Were AL Quaeda and the Taleban over the Channel and in France, I doubt there is anyone who would baulk at enduring what those two chaps have to go through. But with the coveted elections now well over and the square root of fat diddly squat achieved in the name of 'democracy' in some distant, unrulable and savage fiefdom, someone tell me losing even a toenail is worth it?

  10. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Tommy (with apologies to Kipling)
    Written by Patrick Campbell RM

    They flew me 'ome from Baghdad with a bullet in me chest.
    Cos they've closed the army 'ospitals, I'm in the NHS.
    The nurse, she ain't no Britisher an' so she ain't impressed.
    It's like I'm some street corner thug who's come off second best.
    Yes, it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "You're not welcome 'ere".
    But when Saddam was collar'd, they was quick enough to cheer.

    They're proud when Tommy Atkins 'olds the thin red line out there,
    But now he's wounded back at 'ome, he has to wait for care.
    Some stranger in the next bed sez, "Don't you feel no shame?
    You kill my Muslim brothers!" So it's me not 'im to blame!
    An' then the cleaner ups an' sez "Who are you fightin' for?
    It ain't for Queen and country 'cos it's Bush's bloody war!"
    It's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, what's that smell?"
    But it's "God go with you, Tommy," when they fly us out to 'ell.

    O then we're just like 'eroes from the army's glorious past.
    Yes, it's "God go with you, Tommy," when the trip might be your last.
    They pays us skivvy wages, never mind we're sitting ducks,
    When clerks what's pushing pens at 'ome don't know their flippin' luck.
    "Ah, yes" sez they "but think of all the travel to be 'ad."
    Pull the other one. Does Cooks do 'olidays in Baghdad?
    It's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, know your place,"
    But it's "Tommy, take the front seat," when there's terrorists to chase.

    An' the town is full of maniacs who'd like you dead toot sweet.
    Yes, it's "Thank you, Mr Atkins," when they find you in the street.
    There's s'pposed to be a covynant to treat us fair an' square
    But I 'ad to buy me army boots, an' me combats is threadbare.
    An' 'alf the bloody 'elicopters can't get into the air,
    An' me pistol jammed when snipers fired. That's why I'm laid up 'ere.
    Yes, it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, "We 'ave to watch the pence";
    Bold as brass the P.M. sez, "We spare them no expense."

    "But I'll tell you when they do us proud an' pull out all the stops,
    It's when Tommy lands at Lyneham in a bloomin' wooden box !
  11. Good poem. Programme was excellent and I got a bit of dust in my eye a couple of times. The young Para's attitude was truly outstanding. :salute: :notworthy:
  12. Truly inspiring and should be compulsory viewing for the "donkeys" that allegedly lead us. I could not help being particularly impressed by young Neathway whose attitude, to both his fellow para's and his own personal situation, was truly outstanding.
  13. Its been a very long time since something on TV has moved me like that did, true courage shown there.
  14. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Doubtless there would be those that disagree on the difficulty in assessing eligible nominees, but there is actually a lot to be said with regard the US system of awarding the Purple Heart by way of acknowledging the suffering of injured servicemen & women.

    Everyone who deploys gets an Opererational Service Medal (Campaign Medal), bereaved families now get the Elizabeth Cross, but to my mind these people, rather than fat arsed self-congratulatory whitehall mandarins, should be awarded other honours.
  15. I watched it in awe at the lads courage and determination to try to return to as normal a life as possible.
    Their relentless striving to push through the pain barrier to walk again after such horrific injuries is truely outstanding.
    The dedication of all the staff is a role model to all of those who work with the sick and injured in military and civillian life.
    The support from their fellow suffers was inspiring.

    The young Irish lads mother was particularly moving in the way she dealt with his condition,dont suppose she would be eligable for an award or something similar.

    I personally think that the program should be compulsory viewing to all those who misuse the health service with their minor petty ailments demanding treatment instead of taking charge of their own problems.
    Perhaps it might make them think again but sadly I doubt it.

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