Brit Pack (Troop Commander)
To the both of you - you know its a luxury which only the victors get, did you by any chance get your enemies dead back to their families?
Theres plenty of our dead still on foreign shores and the same goes for the both of you when we have lost. It hasn't always been an everytime option, even for the two most powerful nations of the last century.
The bodies are my enemies aren't my responsibility. However, there corpses were left for their comrades to collect.
I'm not disputing that we have dead on foreign shores. I'm just stating that I myself never left the fallen under my command and I'm not aware of any other British commanders doing the same in modern times.
Being supremely more powerful clearly matters because if they had driven you off or cut your logistics you wouldnt have been able to advance to get the bodies would you?
The concept of bringing every 'body' back is something I would say most armies regard as a case by case basis. Corpses arent worth lives.
Have a read of that link I posted about the Royal Marines going back for a fallen comrade. They underwent extreme risk to retrieve the body. Some even got medals for their bravery.
Have you served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or commanded a troop?
Look before this turns into a **** slinging match which I can see you leaning towards Brinktt how about we have a civil conversation? Is it anywhere in the Geneva convention that an enemies dead must be returned to them?
I refer you to this:
Capt Frogman, even in the first gulf war weren't British special forces soldiers left to the enemy as they couldn't be carried? I read the book a few years ago but I am sure that much is true.
Bravo Two Zero? They were extreme circumstances where I believe multiple things went badly wrong. I did state in an earlier response that British SF units had left bodies. Their circumstances are much different to "normal" units.