2016 Sunderland International Air Show

Thousands of people attended the 28th Sunderland International Air Show on July 23, 2016 in Sunderland, England. On and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England it is the largest free air show in Europe. The spectators are entertained by an impressive display of aircraft from across theContinue reading “2016 Sunderland International Air Show”

Under marble shields

Today marks the anniversary of the start of one of the most bloody battles of World War One. The Battle of the Somme. The battle took place between the 1st of July and the 18 November in 1916 and which by the end of the battle the British Army had suffered 420,000 casualties including nearlyContinue reading “Under marble shields”

Armed Forces Day – Cleethorpes 2016

Out and about at the National Armed Forces Day event in Cleethorpes. Armed Forces Day is an annual event that gives an opportunity for the country to show its support for the men and women in the British Armed Forces.   See more of my work on my website and blogs… HERE Images copyright IanContinue reading “Armed Forces Day – Cleethorpes 2016”

Trust, Courage and Team Spirit

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate in North Yorkshire trains the soldiers of the future. School-leavers aged between 16 and 17 years and five months of age are eligible to attend the AFC which offers young men and women the opportunity to continue learning as they build their military skills and experience more of the ArmyContinue reading “Trust, Courage and Team Spirit”

Exercise ‘Medical Challenge’

Doctors, nurses and medical staff from throughout the North East put their medical skills to the test Army style today as they took part in Exercise ‘Medical Challenge’. The competition, which attracted participation from over 200 medical and support staff, was designed to give the medics and their NHS trusts and universities an insight intoContinue reading “Exercise ‘Medical Challenge’”

Afghanistan

After eight years of front line operations in Afghanistan the UK’s military headquarters in Helmand Province were disbanded yesterday in the latest stage of the draw-down of UK military operations in Afghanistan. The role played by the Headquarters Task Force in Helmand has now been integrated into the wider US-led Regional Command (South West). ThisContinue reading “Afghanistan”

Strength of Mind

Serjeant* George Norton, 31, joined the Infantry in 1999 and served with 5 Battalion The Rifles. During his 15 year career he deployed to Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and completed three tours of Iraq.  (*Traditionally in Rifles Battalions the spelling of Serjeant is with a ‘j’ rather than ‘g’ – a historical legacy from the Napoleonic wars.)Continue reading “Strength of Mind”

A final goodnight…

  A coffin waits under a union jack To be carried slowly out of the back Out of the darkness and towards the light Down the ramp to a final goodnight Wear your poppy with pride this Remembrance Day The Poppy Appeal http://www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk Image copyright Ian Forsyth/Crown copyright

Stepping Up

A graduation parade for Junior Soldiers takes place on August 15, 2013 in Harrogate, England. The Army Foundation College in Harrogate opened in 1998 and provides training for soldiers destined for all the Army’s career paths and provides training for 1344 junior soldiers. During their time at the college the students are taught basic militaryContinue reading “Stepping Up”

Iraq – A long way from the bus station.

Lying on the ground in the dirt next to the tracks of my Warrior armoured vehicle. Blue grey sky overhead. Covered in dust. Rats. Everything smells of shit. Everything smells of smoke. Burning. The sound of engines. Occasional shouts. Can’t remember my last shower. Hungry. The brews are on.   An abandoned bus depot. ‘BridgeContinue reading “Iraq – A long way from the bus station.”