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Catalogue #228 March 2020

Posted On Mar 04, 2020 | Aviation,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue #228. It’s been a fraught summer with February here in Perth still a diabolically hot month. We’ve watched the catastrophes of fire and flood in the East with a few fires here but generally just hot and dry. The flooding rains in Qld and NSW were a welcome respite for the thousands of farmers and towns reduced to trucking water in. But now the dams are full and the rivers and creeks flowing. (bit of luck Cubbie Station will have its own water for years to come). Reminds me of a prayer my father’s generation used to sing: “HAIL MARY, THE CREEKS UP!”

As we go to print, the news comes through that the US and Taliban have agreed on a full ceasefire which is great news for soldiers and families who have endured years in the deserts of the Middle East and Afghanistan. As Churchill describes Afghanistan when he served in the Malakand Field Force—”It’s a diabolical hell-hole”. Hopefully our governments of the future will never commit our great troops to a war zone like this again. RIP the 41 and the many grieving families. We dedicate this list to them all and hope there are brighter moments for the survivors. Via con Dios   M & J