Today was my first @tough_mudder and had a great time with old friends and meeting new ones. Nice to run into my celebrity mudder friend @zoeszcz 😎🤩Although there were no podium or medal events on Sunday, still pretty happy with my effort in finishing first🥇 in the 5K. #toughmudder
Finished product! "Citizens of Death's Grey Land." 30x30 Acrylic on canvas. Inspired by Siegfried Sassoon's poem...
Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land
Drawing no dividend from time's tomorrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win.
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives.
I see them in foul dug outs, gnawed by rats
And in ruined trenches, lashed with rain,
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank holidays, and specific picture shows, and spats.
And going to the office in the train. .
Available for display and commission.
The Cost of War pt. ll
U.S. Army Sergeant Philip Fink, advisor for the 52nd Vietnamese Ranger Battalion, shows the pain and stress of combat during the Battle of Dong Xoai as he learns of the heavy losses his Vietnamese counterparts are taking while recapturing the jungle around the town on June 12th 1965.
The Battle of Dong Xoai was a decisive Viet Cong victory where South Vietnamese forces suffered heavy casualties. During the afternoon of June 10th 1965, the 52nd Vietnamese Ranger Battalion was dropped in a landing zone 3km from Dong Xoai. The battalion headed toward the town but the leading company of soldiers was decimated by a Viet Cong ambush. The battalion attacked Viet Cong positions that night and recaptured a large amount of the town. Viet Cong forces launched a counter attack against the battalion but failed. However the Viet Cong began separating, encircling, and destroying Vietnamese units. The Vietnamese 7th Airborne Battalion who also participated in the battle, were cut from 470 soldiers to only 159 in a single day of fighting. 416 South Vietnamese troops were killed with almost 200 wounded and another 200 missing during the 5 day battle.
Colorized by Paul Reynolds.