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A personal memory of war

24 Feb

23 years ago in 1991 at 4am, the land battle started for the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm.

And I was part of it. I was at war.

I was serving in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF High Wycombe and my job was within the Primary War Headquarters.
A pretty important place in military terms. As a clerk my job was to process signals and make sure they got to who needed them, some of that involved actually running around and delivering by hand for the really important stuff.

So while most of you were in your beds, enjoying your sleep, some of us were taking part in the biggest land battle since the end of the Second World War.

Remember that the next time you look at my picture. I’ve seen things. Things I’d rather forget.
One day I might. I hope. And on that day, for me the war really will be over. At last.

What were we fighting for during Gulf War 1? Apparently NOT freedom of any kind.

17 Jan

Songs banned by the BBC during the first Gulf War, listed alphabetically

1  ABBA – Waterloo, Under Attack
2  A-ha – Hunting High And Low
3  The Alarm – 68 Guns
4  The Animals – We Gotta get out of this place
5  Arrival – I will Survive
6  Joan Baez – The night they drove old dixie down
7  The Bangles – Walk like an egyptian
8  The Beatles – Back In the USSR
9  Pat Benatar – Love is a battlefield
10 Big Country – Fields Of Fire
11 Blondie – Atomic
12 The Boomtown Rats – I don’t like Mondays
13 The Brook Brothers – Warpaint
14 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – fire
15 Kate Bush – Army Dreamers
16 Cher – Bang Bang (My baby shot me down)
17 Eric Clapton – I shot the sheriff
18 Phil Collins – In the air tonight
19 Elvis Costello – Olivers Army
20 Cutting Crew – I just died in your arms tonight
21 Skeeter Davis – End of the world
22 Desmond Dekker – Israelites
23 Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
24 Duran Duran – View To A Kill
25 Jose Feliciano – Light My Fire
26 First Choice – Armed & Extremely dangerous
27 Roberta Flack – Killing me softly
28 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – two tribes
29 Eddy Grant – Living in the frontline, give me hope joanna
30 Elton John – Saturday Nights alright for fighting
31 Millie Jackson – Act Of War
32 Johnny Hates Jazz – I dont want to be a hero
33 John Lennon – Imagine, Give peace a chance
34 Jona Lewie – Stop the cavalry
35 Lulu – Bomm Bang a Bang
36 Mcguinness Flint – When I’m dead and gone
37 Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
38 Maria Muldaur – Midnight at the oasis
39 MASH – Suicide is painless
40 Mike & The Mechanics – Silent Running
41 Rick Nelson – Fools rush in
42 Nicole – A little peace
43 Billy Ocean – When the going gets tough
44 Donny Osmond – Soldier of love
45 Paper Lace – Billy, dont be a hero
46 Queen – Killer Queen, Flash
47 Martha Reeves – Forget me not
48 B A Robertson – Bang bang
49 Tom Robinson – War Baby
50 Kenny Rogers – Ruby (Don’t take your love to town)
51 Spandau Ballet – I’ll fly for you
52 The Specials  – Ghost town
53 Bruce Springsteen – I’m on fire
54 Edwin Starr – War
55 Status Quo – In the army now, Burnin’ Bridges
56 Cat Stevens – I’m gonna get me a gun
57 Rod Stewart – Sailing
58 Donna Summer – State of independance
59 Tears For Fears – Everybody wants to rule the world
60 The Temptations – ball of confusion
61 10CC – Rubber bullets
62 Stevie Wonder – heaven help us all

List taken from Sociology in Perspective – Google Books.