Afghanistan In The UK – VBS.TV Documentary

I haven’t got a chance to watch this yet, but VBS.TV doesn’t usually let me down.

Watch it and let me know what you think.

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JonMac September 3, 2010 at 05:13 pm

I am frankly amazed that a serving soldier could be labouring under the misapprehension that British bullets are smaller than US ones. It’s probably a Chinese Whispers version of something he’s been told about the L2A2 bullet – which is of course 5.56, but has a strengthened jacket to prevent fragmentation. The upshot is that British bullets are to that extent, designed to wound. The reality is that the MoD and army believe that even non-fragmenting 5.56 is good enough to kill or incapacitate. They haven’t deliberately designed it to wound per se. Whether they’re right is another argument of course.

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Admin (Mike) September 3, 2010 at 05:57 pm

You got me intrigued JonMac. I gotta watch it this weekend.

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JonMac September 3, 2010 at 07:27 pm

Yeah, it’s worth a watch – I’d read about our virtual Afghan village, but this is much more than has ever been shown of it in use. The banter and off-colour jokes are a good insight into British army life as well. Not to mention the impenetrable accents.

The bullet thing I went off on a tangent about earlier just shows up how much of a gun culture we lack here. Most recruits will never have even seen a real gun before they’re handed an SA80.

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