In honour of the first UK Veteran's Day
Kunnagh Scott
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Today (27 June) is the first UK Veteran's Day, in honour of those of our nation who fought in conflicts over the years. Didn't get the publicity it deserved in the UK, I think, perhaps due to us already having Rememberance Day on Nov 11th, but respecting the survivors is what I think Veteran's Day is about, so I thought I'd mark it. I've concentrated on the main conflicts the UK has been involved in since 1914, since that's where our Vets are from.

In light of some recent lists, it's probably worth saying that I'm not trying to make any political points here.
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1. Board Game: First Day of the Somme [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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There are fewer and fewer vets of WWI with us, and they announced today that the last known veteran, when they finally pass on, will be given a full national memorial service. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5120358.stm
 
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The other biggy. My father-in-law fought in this one. He followed the push east across Europe, a few days behind, 'mopping up', having served in the Far East. His moment came when three German soldiers decided they'd had enough and surrendered to him, just as he was answering a call of nature behind a bush. According to him, he brought them in 'at spadepoint'...
 
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What Truman called a 'police action', and still a tour of duty for a lot of US servicemen, not least those who are contributors here.
 
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Special mention for the Suez Crisis, as my Dad was there. He was in the British Navy at the time, having joined age 15. 25 years or so later, he left the British Army, having (I am still convinced) gone home to the wrong barracks at some point in the mid-sixties. I made sure he wore his new Vets lapel badge today. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/5087824.stm
 
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The first major conflict I was really aware of and took an interest in - I was 15 when this kicked off. Reading back about these things now, I get sadder about the sacrifices made for what, with all respect to the Islanders, still seems a surprising tourist destination...
 
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24 UK soldiers killed, 9 of those by 'friendly' fire. The lasting statistic for Vets is the 25% (180,000+ US veterans) who are permanently disabled as result.
 
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Had some trouble finding a game for the Yugoslav wars, 1991 - 2001. Still repercussing today, as Serbia & Montenegro have just competed in the World Cup, just weeks after their people voted to become two independent nations.
 
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And here we are again. 90% of the casualties suffered by coalition forces have occured since the CoC declared that major combat was over, and still the damaged ones come home.
 
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Of related interest - the Victoria Cross list:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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