Thursday, December 23, 2010

Echoes of the Past

The internet if filled with military histories. It is easy to find unit histories, stories and photographs of just about anything on any subject. As an avid reader of Military History, I often come across incredible stories about men from American, England, Australia, Rhodesia and South Africa that have served in wars of all types. From the beaches of Normandy to the bloody atolls of the the South Pacific. From World War Two to bloody counter insurgencies in Africa, South East Asia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Millions of men took up arms to protect, preserve and defend their nations ideals, way of life and their fellow soldier. Whether a Marine on Guadalcanal, a Soldier in South Vietnam, A SAS trooper in Yemen, A Light Infantryman in Rhodesia to the South African Reece along the borders of Angola, stories emerge of men fighting wars that deserve to be told.

History is the story of who we are and where we came from. War is often the pivot point in a nations history. The men who fight are often remarkable in character. Sometimes they are larger than life, others are simple men who rose to the occasion of life and death struggle and having done their duty returned to a normal life of peace and productivity.

At some point, men in battle and life find themselves on a hill. Either moving upward to eliminate the enemy or are dug in protecting what is theirs. A decision is made. For the men we will examine, they made their stand and even if their lives were lost, they will still live on and their memories will not be forgotten.