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January 24, 2006

The other red, white and blue

I hope someone will be so good as to tell me why the United States Marines are having trouble identifying the British Union Flag? Perhaps this is a joke of some kind (via Zacht Ei).

US commanders were so worried that their men were shooting at the British because they failed to recognise the Union Jack or other distinguishing military markings that, in an unprecedented move, they asked the British Army to supply vehicles, men and flags to teach their soldiers what their allies looked like.

It is understood that the British supplied several “snatch” armoured Land Rovers, the most common vehicle used by British troops on patrol and senior non-commissioned officers, with Union Jacks, to instruct the Americans.

Avast! Update: I would love to have been a fly on the wall for pirate conversation upon sighting guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 24, 2006 08:36 AM

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