(Britain) Eighty-year-old gets Iraq call up


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Drizzt
February 27, 2003, 06:23 PM
Eighty-year-old gets Iraq call up

An 80-year-old Nottinghamshire man has been called up to fight in Iraq.

The order for Joe Steer to make himself available for combat came 61 years after he last saw action - in the battle of El Alamein, reports The Sun.

Joe said he's flattered by the call to join an attack on Saddam Hussein, but he said he was "a bit past my prime".

Joe, from Rainworth, said: "I was flabbergasted. I walk with a stick and get around on an electric buggy. I'm ready to fight for Queen and country again if the worst comes to the worst but I really wouldn't be much use in Iraq.

"It's too hi-tech today. I'm used to rifles and machine guns, not missiles."

The MoD blamed an administrative error. A spokesman said: "Ex-soldiers have a call-up liability, but only for about three years after they leave the service."

Joe was in the Royal Sussex Regiment when he was captured as the Allies crushed the Germans in Egypt in 1942. He spent the rest of the war as a Prisoner of War but stayed in the Army for 27 years until retiring

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Blackhawk
February 27, 2003, 06:48 PM
Mistake? That was no mistake! They need to dig deep to find soldiers with some knowledge of guns. :rolleyes:

444
February 27, 2003, 07:35 PM
Once you sign the dotted line..............................

Croyance
February 28, 2003, 01:03 AM
Hey, if he was good enough to fight against Rommel, . . .

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 02:09 AM
He comes from a generation that could deal with squirrels, as well as Nazis. :neener:

Deadman
February 28, 2003, 08:04 AM
What's his problem, the Iraqis will raise their white flags faster than a Frenchman regardless of his age.... :p

Quartus
February 28, 2003, 08:10 AM
Hey, what's the problem here? This guy would probably be more effective than a full batallion of Frenchies!


:D

jmbg29
February 28, 2003, 12:16 PM
(Britain) Eighty-year-old gets Iraq call up Given the nancy-boy nature of the generations that came after his, they should stick with asking the 80 year-old. Britain...feh! :cuss: :fire: :cuss: :barf:

seeker_two
February 28, 2003, 03:37 PM
Probably safer in Iraq than in downtown London...:what:

ahadams
February 28, 2003, 10:59 PM
okay so they dig up a bren gun and a buncha mags, put him behind it with the bipod sandbagged onto the hood of a land rover or humvee with a driver slap senior NCO stripes on him and he just became a POW escort team leader...next question?:D

larry_minn
March 1, 2003, 02:39 AM
I agree he prob could do a lot of good. He would actually have a gun to protect himself from criminals.

4v50 Gary
March 1, 2003, 11:15 AM
Gramps can teach the laddies how to use the SMLE. Unlike the SA80, it works.

Bostonterrier97
March 1, 2003, 06:52 PM
"It's too hi-tech today. I'm used to rifles and machine guns, not missiles." - Gramps

Hey..put this guy in charge of a company and train them with No.4 Mk2's and Brens.

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