Commandos re-enact Field Gun feat in Afghanistan

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  1. From today's edition of The Times (link):

    My only question echoes the comment below the article, i.e. why wasn't a helo made available? Nonetheless, this bears a distinct similarity to HMS Powerful's guns being hauled to Ladysmith by the ship’s Naval Brigade to defend the town against attack during the Boer War in 1900; the origin of the RN Field Gun competition (link).
  2. Re: Royal Marines re-enact Field Gun feat in Afghanistan

    If you want to know more about Field Gun origins ,read "Field Gun Jack versus The Boers".The RN in South Africa 1899 - 1900 ,By Tony Bridgland.
    Well researched & a good read.
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  3. Re: Royal Marines re-enact Field Gun feat in Afghanistan

    Sounds like it was percy that did this and not royal. 29 aint RM.
  4. Cheers. Quite right although they wear the green lid. Have changed thread title accordingly.

    Have also noticed that stealth was required which ruled out using a helo so I've answered my own question.
  5. There seem to be a number of possibilities as to why this could be:

    There is currently a huge shortage of helos in Afghanistan?
    Surprise may have been lost if they airlifted it? They did move it all at night after all.
    Publicity? Good for the old propaganda.

    I'm sure the guys on the ground would have come up with a few others (as well as some colourful names to call their commanders) when they were carrying the bugger!

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