Harry recalls horrendous war images

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: Prince Harry (left) joins former soldier Daniel Whittingham at the ticket launch of the inaugural Invictus Games Prince Harry (left) joins former soldier Daniel Whittingham at the ticket launch of the inaugural Invictus Games

Prince Harry has recalled the "horrendous" images he saw during two tours of Afghanistan when he encountered children who had died from roadside bombs and soldiers lying on the battlefield.

The Royal, who is a Captain in the Army, regularly flew injured personnel and civilians to the hospital at the Camp Bastion military base during his second tour of the country when he served as an Apache helicopter pilot.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Harry recalled flying home last year looking forward to seeing family but said it was then that he was "hit" by the reality of war as he was joined on the plane by injured and fallen soldiers.

"I had never seen it first-hand," he wrote in the newspaper. "By 'it' I mean the injuries that were being sustained largely due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

"Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads - much younger than me - wrapped in plastic and missing limbs, with hundreds of tubes coming out of them, was something I never prepared myself for."

In his role as a pilot the Prince, who took up a managerial office-based job in the Army this year, said the memory of having to use the code "Op vampire" to let the medical team know the casualty they had on board would require a lot of blood still sends shivers down his spine.

The staggering question of how people cope with the trauma of war, especially those left without limbs, was one Harry said played on his mind, and eventually led him to setting up the an international sporting competition for injured troops.

After a visit to a similar event, the Warrior Games in America, Harry said he was inspired by the efforts and achievements of amputees and others left with the scars of war.

The Invictus games - aiming to showcase the bravery and sporting prowess of more than 400 servicemen and women from 14 countries who have been left wounded by war - will take place next month at London's Olympic park.

The Prince, whose Royal Foundation charity alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially supports the event, said money can only go so far and the event is more about helping to redefine individuals.

In an appeal to the public to support the Games, Harry said it was an opportunity to thank those who have served their country, and give them a rousing atmosphere in the Olympic park.

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9:55am Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

what about the 7000 plus ex-service men and women living rough on streets with no support suffering post traumatic stress and the disabled ex service men some with out limbs forced to live in high rise flats and denied supplementary benefits by this treacherous and callous government ,why no mention ever of these people victims of meaningless wars ?
what about the 7000 plus ex-service men and women living rough on streets with no support suffering post traumatic stress and the disabled ex service men some with out limbs forced to live in high rise flats and denied supplementary benefits by this treacherous and callous government ,why no mention ever of these people victims of meaningless wars ? jimmysmith
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2:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

shirtbox says...

Seems like it only matters what he saw,bet he was heavily guarded and taken to safe area,s.
Seems like it only matters what he saw,bet he was heavily guarded and taken to safe area,s. shirtbox
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2:49pm Sun 10 Aug 14

commonsence says...

How could he be heavily guarded when flying a helicopter , they can be shot down and some did get shot at . At least he had the guts to go out there and is trying to help at home .....
How could he be heavily guarded when flying a helicopter , they can be shot down and some did get shot at . At least he had the guts to go out there and is trying to help at home ..... commonsence
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7:28pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Brengun says...

This young man is a first class soldier and deserves our respect.
This young man is a first class soldier and deserves our respect. Brengun
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9:04pm Sun 10 Aug 14

mixxer says...

He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.
He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool. mixxer
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10:55pm Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

mixxer wrote:
He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.
well said that man
[quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.[/p][/quote]well said that man jimmysmith
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8:11am Mon 11 Aug 14

Yemen says...

mixxer wrote:
He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.
hows that tinfoil hat working out for you ?
[quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.[/p][/quote]hows that tinfoil hat working out for you ? Yemen
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7:10pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mixxer says...

Yemen wrote:
mixxer wrote:
He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.
hows that tinfoil hat working out for you ?
Almost as well as your lobotomy.
[quote][p][bold]Yemen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: He was nothing but a component of the propaganda exercise aimed at duping the working class to sign up and fight the wars of the world banking system and it's quest to control the worlds energy supplies. Harry is very much a part of the establishment which only gains from warfare and anyone who believes he was in any real danger while over there is a gullible fool.[/p][/quote]hows that tinfoil hat working out for you ?[/p][/quote]Almost as well as your lobotomy. mixxer
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