Friday, February 29, 2008

Prince Harry's War

Cornet Wales, H. has been sent home from the battle grounds of Afghanistan. Drudge Report is being blamed for spilling the beans about Prince Harry's war. Harry insisted that he be deployed with his unit after passing out Sandhurst Military Academy April 12, 2006. His request was denied.

After threatening to quit the uniform, another assignment was found for Harry and his unit - training in Canada and deployment to Afghanistan. It's not like any of this was any big secret. CTV Canada reported June 2, 2007:

Canadian Press

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- There are reports that Britain's Prince Harry may be training at Canadian Forces Base Suffield in southern Alberta.

A media lockout at the base has fuelled rumours, which have resulted in dozens of calls to a local radio station.

Some people are saying they can vouch for the fact that the 22-year-old prince is in town, but won't give their names.

Harry was set to be posted to Iraq as a British army officer earlier this spring and seemed eager for the chance.

But the decision was then made that it would be too dangerous for other troops and for the prince, who British military officials say would become a prime target.

CFB Suffield, which is approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Medicine Hat and 250 kilometres southeast of Calgary, is home to a British Army Training Unit.

A spokesman for the training unit won't confirm or deny whether Harry is in Alberta.
Wales was seen at Cowboys Niteclub in Calgary with his Brit Army buds, reported the CBC News June 8. Handsome Harry was making googly eyes at pretty bartender, Cherie Cymbalisty. He hung around late into the night sharing drinks and chatting up the young lady.

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada released Bulletin #1707, 6/4/07 from the Afghan News:

Prince Harry in Canada for pre-Afghanistan training:

AFP Sun Jun 3, 12:10 PM ET

Prince Harry is in training at a military base in Canada to prepare for a possible British Army deployment to Afghanistan, newspapers reported Sunday.

The 22-year-old officer, third-in-line to the throne, is at the British Army Training Unit Suffield, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) southeast of Calgary in Alberta.

The casually-dressed prince flew to Calgary from London Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, newspapers said.

"They got him in and out of there very quickly," a witness was quoted as saying in The Mail on Sunday, News of the World and the Sunday Mirror.

Army top brass stopped Harry from joining his regiment's recent deployment to Basra in southern Iraq over fears he would be headhunted by insurgents.

Reports have said he is being lined up for a posting to Afghanistan instead, where it would be harder for Taliban rebels to pinpoint his location. British troops are taking on insurgents in the restive southern Helmand province.

Harry is a second lieutenant in the elite Blues and Royals regiment of the British Army's Household Cavalry, responsible for 11 soldiers and four Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles.

Harry, known as Cornet Wales in the Army, is expected to practice "fire and manoeuvre" operations at Suffield, the largest training area available for British armoured vehicles, according to the Sunday Mirror.

"All the armoured live firing training is done at Suffield. It points towards a posting in Helmand. That kind of role is less in demand now in Iraq," a military source told the tabloid.

The British Army's website says: "This area is one of the largest our army trains on and it provides a highly realistic environment."

The British Army and Britain's Ministry of Defence refused to comment.
This report is from the same bulletin:

Prince bound for Afghanistan

By TARINA WHITE, SUN MEDIA June 4, 2007

Prince Harry will serve a tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan this summer following training at a southern Alberta army base, a British newspaper reports.

Plans have been finalized for Harry -- who flew into Calgary last Wednesday to join British soldiers at CFB Suffield near Medicine Hat -- to fulfil his ambition of serving in a war zone, according to the Observer newspaper.

Details of which regiment he will accompany will not be made public, but his likely brief tour will be to help train the Afghan army in the country's notorious Helmand province, according to British defence officials.

The Calgary Sun revealed Saturday that Harry, an armoured reconnaissance troop leader with the British Army's elite Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry, is at CFB Suffield.

Suffield is the largest Commonwealth training base, where Canadian and British troops prepare for missions in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The 22-year-old prince was due to be deployed in Iraq this month before it was deemed too dangerous, both for him and his fellow soldiers.

According to the Observer, it is likely Harry will be accompanied in Afghanistan by a small group of officers from his own regiment.

Yet Britain's Daily Mail reports that plans to send Harry, third in line to the throne, on a mission to Afghanistan are in doubt amid mounting concern over British casualties.

Forces in Afghanistan remain engaged in hostilities, and two more British troops were killed last week.

And British army sources have revealed a single infantry battalion recently saw around a dozen of its soldiers airlifted back to Britain suffering critical injuries within a three-week period, the newspaper reports.

The level of violence raises questions over whether the Prince would be any safer in Afghanistan than he would be in Iraq.
It hardly seems that Prince Harry's posting to Afghanistan was much of a secret to anyone paying attention. The Afghan News, The Mail on Sunday, News of the World and the Sunday Mirror, Observer, and Calgary Sun all knew of the story and went to print with it. Even the PakTribune of Pakistan ran the story June 4, 2007.

Bloggerheads(UK) found the cached story that appeared in New Idea magazine, "a trashy supermarket tabloid", that has been credited with outing the Prince Harry War story that Drudge collected and broke to the world.

Prince Harry: War Lord
Jan 15 12:07pm

Maverick Prince Harry has joined his regiment on a covert mission to Afghanistan and his unit has already seen front line action.

New Idea can exclusively reveal that despite opposition from senior members of the British government and the royal family itself, Harry flew out with his regiment and joined the troops on the front line. He spent Christmas with his men at the sharp end of the action.

'Harry found members of his unit were to be posted in Afghanistan for a four-month tour of duty over Christmas and the New Year,' a close friend tells New Idea.

'He had already begrudgingly accepted the decision to keep him off the front line in Iraq, but when he heard about the mission in Afghanistan he was insistent he would not stay at home eating Christmas dinner and living it up at the palace while his men were on the front line.

'At first there was a lot of resistance, but Harry even threatened to resign his commission and serve as a private if he was kept from the battlefield - and that proved to be the final straw,' the friend says.

'He wants to be a real soldier who gets the same treatment as any other officer of his rank - and that means going to war just like everybody else.'

Prince Charles was said to be against the idea of Harry seeing active service, but sources say that with the support of his elder brother William, and uncle Prince Andrew, who flew helicopters during the Falklands war, Harry convinced Charles not to take action to prevent him from going.

The Queen is said to have sent Harry a card with her best wishes and a gift with sentimental value that he has kept private.

Before he left, Harry invited William and some of his close friends to a secret 'godspeed' party at Boujis nightclub in London.

Guests were under strict instruction that there was to be no mention of the real reason for the party and no toasts or public discussion of Harry's imminent departure.

The British government is said to strongly oppose Harry's deployment to Afghanistan. Their official reason is that his presence may put his fellow soldiers at risk, but defence commentators have been quick to suggest it may be more to do with their fear that Harry could be killed or injured fighting George Bush's 'war on terror'. This would doom Gordon Brown's Labour government in the next election.

But Harry has always been insistent that he wanted to see active duty and he hated the idea of being wrapped in cotton wool while his men put their lives on the line.

He famously said: 'There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my a*** back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.'
I think too many organizations are taking credit for discovering a not-so-secret top secret. Those credit seekers should actually be very embarrassed that it took them so long to see the story that was literally in their faces printed right there in their own newspapers. From June 2006, while Harry was training, as the MoD said, for deployment in Afghanistan to the 10th week of a 14 week Afghan assignment, the press missed the actions of one of England's highest profile celebs. Not much for the MSM to be proud of there.

For his service in a war zone some 500-800 yards from Taliban jihadis, under fire five time a day, involved in fire fight lasting a few hours, and directing air power to Taliban positions, Prince Harry acquitted himself admirably. He was a soldier among soldiers doing a very dangerous job. Though the MoD is withdrawing Cornet Wales, he is already insisting upon returning to his unit and his men. Admirable, indeed.



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3 comments:

Gayle said...

It is indeed admirable, because he could have easily stayed at home. Unbelievable that this is being broadcast as reporters letting the cat out of the bag when it has been out there all along, Indigo. I thought reporters could read.

dcat said...

LOL

I would rather be called a war lord then a candy ass!

Good for him!

Indigo Red said...

Reporters don't read the news, they write the news. Oftimes, as you know Gayle, they write news that never happened. Either way, reporters are not the world's smarter folks.

I suppose, dcat, war lord is better in this situation. Had Prince Harry gone into porn, maybe candy ass would have been better. I guess it's all relative.