D-Day Airborne Assault, 1944/84

June 5, 2014By Richard C Pendrynews 1 Comment

Five hours before the landing craft of the Allied invasion force hit their target – the Normandy beech heads – 23,000 paratroopers from the British 6th Airborne Division, American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, boarded aircraft in airfields throughout southern England for the hour long flight to Normandy, and the … Read More

Civil War Looms for Afghanistan

April 22, 2014By Richard C PendryAfghanistan 2 Comments

With counting reaching the half way mark in the Afghan elections, there appears to be clear a favourite.  Dr. Abdullah Abdullah – the runner up to President Karzai in the 2009 elections – is way ahead of his nearest rival, the ex warlord and technocrat Ashraf Ghani, with Rassul – the candidate favoured by the … Read More

13 Months in Helmand, Afghanistan

March 4, 2014By Richard C PendryAfghanistan 2 Comments

Afghanistan, ‘The Grave Yard of Empires’, – as it has become known – consists of 34 provinces, the most infamous of which – its name now synonymous with death and destruction – being Helmand.  The following is a short account of my involvement there during 2010 – 2011, and is written in respect and admiration … Read More

Rocket Attack Aganist Mercedes Benz in Athens – Resurgence of Greek Terrorism?

February 14, 2014By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Wednesday the 12th February saw a rocket attack against a Mercedes Benz office in Athens.  The rocket missed the complex and detonated harmlessly in waste ground, but this is the second violent incident involving  German institutions in recent months, the other being shots fired at the German ambassadors residence in December.  Is it just anger – … Read More

Jalalabad Suicide Attack

July 4, 2010By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Warning: This blog contains graphic images Jalalabad, Bishud bridge, Eastern Afghanistan, June 2010. Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar Province in Eastern Afghanistan.  It is 150km to the east of the Kabul and is set at the confluence of two large rivers, the Kabul and Kunar, tributaries of the great Indus river which they meet … Read More

Damascus, Learning Arabic

December 4, 2008By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Damascus, Syria, December 2008 I had a few months to spare and decided to try to work on my poor Arabic which I had acquired in Iraq. My research narrowed my linguistic pursuit down to two areas: Yemen or Damascus.  I chose Damascus and had a great time.               … Read More