Day: July 21, 2021

Afghanistan veterans frustrated by Taliban resurgence
Defence Today, Front Lines

Afghanistan veterans frustrated by Taliban resurgence

With U.S. forces out and Taliban insurgents advancing across much of Afghanistan, Sean Maloney’s post on the Canadian Afghanistan War Veterans Association Facebook page was discouraging. “Cell service in Kandahar is apparently down, not just intermittent,” wrote Maloney, who chronicled the war as the Canadian Army’s official historian across more than a decade of fighting and 11 trips to Afghanistan. Now he’s relying on sources inside the war-ravaged country to provide accounts and videos of the Taliban’s resurgence. Platoon-sized Taliban checkpoints were using biometric devices and laptops to identify people who worked with the International Security Assistance Force and the international community. The checkpoints included pickup trucks, with running engines and equipped with re...
Robert Morgan and the George Medal
Military History, Military Milestones

Robert Morgan and the George Medal

In 1955 Flight Lieutenant Robert Morgan and Leading Aircraftman Harry Waters were working with 439 Squadron at No. 1 Fighter Wing in Marville, France, one of a dozen fighter squadrons stationed in Europe at the time. On July 21, an F-86 Sabre jet landed short of the runway and burst into flames. Morgan and Waters dropped what they were doing and raced toward the jet. The pilot had a broken back and was barely conscious when the pair pulled him from the inferno. Ammunition exploding around them, they climbed onto a wing, which had a partially filled fuel tank, intending to free the pilot. But the canopy was stuck. Morgan used a rock in a futile attempt to break the glass, then used an axe provided by a fire truck that had arrived. The pilot had a broken back and was barely consci...

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