Mirage Mirage!

Argentine aircraft attacking British shipping in 1982.

As we’re about to recognize the 40 year anniversary of the Falklands War this year, I just want to recount a moment of absolute “squaddy dry humour” when we were attacked by Argentine aircraft while on deck of one of the ships in the Falklands War.

Myself and a mate called Tommy were taking a bit of time on deck to get some fresh air. We were chatting about an operation that we were about to embark on.

Suddenly one of the crew starts shouting out “Mirage Mirage!”

An Argentine Mirage aircraft screams past us dropping bombs close to the ship.

Tommy looks at me poker faced and says…”it looks real to me.”

The look on the crew members face said it all…nice one Tommy. The next 20 minutes was just about everyone taking a pop at any Argentine aircraft, no matter how near or far from where we were standing…humour in war must always continue…it’s what helps us to keep going.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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5 thoughts on “Mirage Mirage!”

  1. Great to read Bob, can’t beat the humour of a British Squaddie. Sometimes at the most inappropriate moment, which makes it even funnier.

  2. Thats hilarious and it shows the base bravery that has always seen the British forces out of the other side of conflict victorious…brilliant

  3. Class insight to what you’re mates were like ,if a normal person was on a ship and a jet dropped a bomb 💣 we would shit ourselves, but you and your mate ,just said ,I think this is real. How can your training keep yous so calm .heros or nutters. But we need people like yous to keep us safe

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