Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I vaguely remember a British soldier shooting an Argentine POW to put him out of his misery as he was engulfed in flames and being burnt to death. Apparently the British police wanted to prosecute the man for murder.
I can't remember the outcome of the case.
Anyone with a better memory then me?
The individual was asked to help the Brits to make safe an Argentine ammo dump. The British suspected that the ammo dump had been booby trapped. The Argentine officer in charge of the ammo dump was asked by his British captors whether the dump was safe he indicated that it was and volunteered the soldier in question. The Argentine soldier set off a booby trap and was set alight inside the ammo dump which also was starting to burn. I watched an interview of the soldier who shot the Argentine he said that the POW was isolated in the alight ammo dump he was screaming and in his words his legs and hands had melted to stumps and was unable to be rescued from the fire or make his own way out. After assessing the hopelessness of the situation he killed the POW. Personally if I was the POW I would want the same...
but this has very little to do with the original point of the thread.
The oath to serve my country as a soldier did not include a contract for the normal luxuries and comfort enjoyed within our society. On the contrary it implied hardship, loyalty and devotion to duty regardless of rank.
Last edited by captiva303; January 25th, 2012 at 18:28..
Reason: atrocious spelling and poor sentence structure...