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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Mine Warfare

The next module on the course and much more interesting than water purification was Mine Warfare.

Ok so laying minefields was quite tedious - you dig a hole, you put a mine in it and then you cover it up. Minefield breaching sounded very exciting though - crawling on your belly, prodding to discover hidden mines, clearing a passage through which your mates could safely pass. And you might even get to do this under fire.

Having seen the effects of anti-personnel mines in subsequent years I have come to realise what a nasty form of warfare it actually is. It's not the mines fault that it can't distinguish between a combatant and a young child but it can't. Mines don't understand ceasefires or the end of a conflict.

Current estimates suggest there may be between 70-120 million mines still buried

4 Comments:

Blogger Monica said...

I am so lucky to live where there are no mines, just hurricanes and hillbillies.

7:18 pm  
Blogger Chantel said...

I'm looking at your sketches - where do you get them or do you do them yourself? They are very good...

7:43 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Chantel - Thank you for you coment but tragically I can't even draw stick men. I find an image I like on the net and then manipulate it to look the way I want to.

8:35 pm  
Anonymous Z said...

And there we go again ;)

9:56 pm  

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