Pompey News: "Jeremy Clarkson Filming Arctic Convoys Documentary"

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  1. I wonder what bit of "currency" the civil service are holding over the elected politicians then ..
     
  2. I agree he is a scruffy bastard but I have enjoyed his previous military documentaries.
    I am sure he will do a good job on this one. I'm looking forwards to it.
    He also married a woman who's dad was awarded a VC. Reason enough to marry a woman in my eyes.
     
  3. Seadog

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    I'd lost track of where the campaign for an additional campaign medal had got to.

    I'm not convinced of the requirement for an Arctic specific campaign medal. The Arctic Convoy veterans qualify for the Atlantic Star, it isn't as if they have been ignored.

    Every war has a spectrum of risk and discomfort and those in theatre but enjoying relative safety get the same campaign gongs as those taking the heat, the cold, the casualties and every level in between. GSM for Northern ireland is an example. Perhaps the Civil Service advice to ministers was along those lines.
     
  4. That would be me.

    I'm a civil servant, (Lowly), but;

    I served.

    I chipped ice off during the cod war, ice is ice.:silent:

    I did not nor would I make any decision like not awarding Arctic medals. I believe they bloody well deserved them.

    Shouldn't tar main stream civil servants with the Senior Civil Service.
     
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  5. Mentioning the CSM for NI is a bone of contention to me.
    When I was in NI there were those who were ensconced in safe billets and would not have recognised a terrorist had one awoken them with a cup of tea.
    Meanwhile thousands of service personnel were exposed to the same threats in mainland UK as well as Germany, and many paid dearly for it with their lives and horrific injuries. None received any recognition by way of medals.
    I recall vividly the 1st June 1990, the shooting to death of Pte Davies aged 19 at Lichfield railway station, twelve weeks into his career and off on his first ever leave. Poor little bugger.
     
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  7. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    You say that like it would have been a bad thing. Of course, we'll never know but I'd prefer Nazi Jackboots to Soviet wellies. Far more stylish.

    And roughers is roughers, smoke is smoke and hot is as unpleasant as cold?

    Some refer to 'the medal' as if it already exists. Perhaps (just suggesting like) there is more to instituting a real medal (as opposed to The Cold War Cross with Nut Cluster for £40 from Bling Bros ) than saying 'make it so'.
     

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