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drop the hymnals - man the mortars - then show up for Christmas dinner.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...han-frontline-ends-blast-reality-Taliban.html
It was dusk in Helmand. And as the sun set over the baked earth, commandos wearing Santa hats gathered round the war memorial and began a simple chorus of carols.

Then the Taliban attacked.

There was no time for the troops to think or even to take off their festive hats.

Any hopes of a Christmas truce, when hostilities cease and foes become friends for a few precious hours, were dashed in an instant.
Enlarge CHRISTMAS ON THE FRONT LINE. A UNIT OF ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT THE INKERMAN FORWARD OPERATIN

British troops in Helmand Province get into the Christmas spirit with some carols last year - but the peace was quickly shattered by a Taliban attack

It is a tradition that stretches back to the trenches of the First World War, when British and German soldiers shared drinks, sang carols, exchanged gifts and even enjoyed an impromptu game of football in no-man's-land.

But things are different in Afghanistan. At the first sound of enemy fire the Royal Marines of 40 Commando threw down their hymn sheets and sprinted to the mortar lines 200 yards away. Within a minute, they were returning fire.

For three-quarters of an hour, they battled with the insurgents, ear defenders over their festive headgear - the only reminder of the peace the evening had promised.

The soldiers had no time to change their festive headgear - be it Santa or Christmas tree hat - and began firing at enemy positions

Then, as the skirmish ended and darkness fell, the servicemen and women returned to the memorial at Forward Operating Base Inkerman, and resumed the carol service, thankful there had been no British casualties.
 

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Terry Taliban must've felt a right old Christmas pudding when he crashed the Commando Christmas party. The lads pulled a few crackers and sent him off with 3 presents, gold, frankencence and mortar.

Returning to their hymns the boys sang; Silent Fight, O Little Town of Inkerman, Deck The Halls (with Taliban bodies)...
 
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