<img alt="" height="1" width="1"> Poor Training Cause Of Army Death
[SIZE=-1]Sky News, UK - 24 minutes ago[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]LCpl Ford, from Zulu Company of 45 Commando Royal Marines, died after receiving a gunshot wound in Afghanistan on January 15 2007, during a British attack ...[/SIZE]
I read about this in the Daily Telegraph and it goes into a lot better detail. It basically says that Z coy had not had enough training before deployment noting that they hadn't done a company live fire exercise. This was because they were dragged in after 3 Para got that smashing and the Government decided to send almost double the number of troops out in the next tour.
Reading in the Globe and Laurel, it seems that now units that are going out on tour have a hell of a lot of OPTAG and other training specifically for Afghanistan. There is a video with a link on this website of 45 doing an exercise and running through it like it was in country. There were fake IEDs, the works. I don't think Z coy went through this before going out.
"ARMY" death......when will they learn....and they are making out its lack of training and all that, when i bet it was due to more comunucation and being paniked, mistakes happen...very very unfortunate accident tho, but banging on bout "lack of training" isnt going to change whats happend.
It does seem to be what GreyWing is saying, poorly briefed and perhaps not trained for that certain operation/situation, being as they were rushed in. If it'd been anyone other than the Marines, casualties would have been way worse.
Does anyone else find it strange that it's taken so long to identify that it was friendly fire that killed LCpl Ford? Surely a post-portem, which would've been carried out pretty soon afterwards, would have been easily able to identify the rounds that killed him? Maybe the MOD withholding the results untill emotions have cooled?
yea i was thinking that, i the way they showed the account of what happened on the news, you would have thought they would have known what happend straight away as soon as it had happend. it was ages ago the whole thing happened wasnt it? i remeber seeing the vids a few months ago at least.