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Head of British office in Hargeisa, Somaliland region pictures himself with a WW2 veteran

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Oodweyne   

Well, reading this, I was just wondering as to where are all of those "anti-Somaliland Brigade" of SOL. Don't you guys know, that, this "fake-news loser", works day-in and day-out, in the nooks and crannies of the Internet just so that he will find some news (however obscure it may be), whereby one can then twist them to be an anti-Smaliland's slanted sort of news. And he does that, so that he can serve you, as his duly served customers.

Hence, the least the of you lot - starting from "Ina-Gummeed-Gooni", to "Gudhuu-boy-Eelaay-begger", to "Cowardly-dh-abayaco-Che", to "daylight-looter-Cadnaan", and finally to our "delightfully-delusional-and-gutless-creature-of-Alberta-namely-Galbeedi"(😁) - can do in here is to give him some sort of a "standing ovation". And particularly of the stellar work he put in finding things of this sort just for you lads. And he also in a way does that just so that he can then troll the place till the rest of us are almost there in losing our will to live just to be spared from witnessing his handiworks any much longer. 

And I say that, precisely, because, he actually thinks that a veteran of WWII from Somaliland, being visited by Her Majesty's representative in Somaliland, since this man fought gallantly under the King's uniforms during that war, which is a "historical experience" in which millions of citizens from the former African's colonies have had to experience it, is something bad.

That is how "politically desperate" he is, particularly, in order to just to get his hand on what he perceives it to be as negative news from Somaliland. Given that his troll-ish's brain can't see much beyond what it's addled-and-flimsy wiring could only conjure up for him.

Poor lad.   

Consequently, that is the least you lot should do for him, folks. So, see to it, lads, not to be so churlish in given him the thumbs up in here. Which means, over to you, chaps, and give this sniffling plonker and this troll a thunderous applause in here, will you?   

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6 hours ago, Saalax said:

 

 

When is gaalkaan xaarka aan iska dhaqin going to honour the poor Darwiish iyo eheladooda diyaaradahooda ay ku xasuuqeen Sool?

Gaalka uraayo gaalkiisa dhintay u daran.

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Small notes for the nomads about the great wars and HoA.

1. All Somalis except Djibouti and today's Puntland were part of the Second World War.
Those in Puntland and Djibouti had agreements with the big powers in their territories not to make them fight in other lands.

2. Salamanders were the highest level of self command of any people in Africa that were in either side. Example: in the Campaign to liberate what is now Eritrea, Somalilander commander had higher status on the campaign between Kassala Sudan and Asmara Eritrea. Even though the Sudanese were more in number than Somalilanders, but the Somalilanders are not colonial army. This mattered for the British. Somalianders were only lower than Australians and South Africans.

3. If it wasn't that Africans have no self respect, Eritreans if they remember the war should be thankful of Somalilanders. The Sudanese were blamed for the religious conflict that arose in Eritrea, never the Somalis.
The Somalis are never blamed for any abuses (even the common ones in wars) while others are.

4. Those who were on Italian side were undisciplined, abusive in both Somalia and Ethiopia.

5. Somalis never joined the Foreign Legion from Djibouti like other Africans did, nor did they Join the Italians outside HoA, like Eritreans did in Libya and Somalia.

Somalis can celebrate end of WWII even though most of the fighting by Somalis on any side was done as Europe was starting latest was early 1942.



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galbeedi   
9 hours ago, Old_Observer said:

1. All Somalis except Djibouti and today's Puntland were part of the Second World War.

OO, little correction here.

I know you have soft spot for Djibouti, yet they did took part in the second world war.I even know family members whom the French took to North Africa to fight the Nazis. They were collecting good pension in AWdal.

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Saalax   
17 hours ago, Miskiin-Macruuf-Aqiyaar said:

When is gaalkaan xaarka aan iska dhaqin going to honour the poor Darwiish iyo eheladooda diyaaradahooda ay ku xasuuqeen Sool?

Gaalka uraayo gaalkiisa dhintay u daran.

 

That is for Somalis to honour. Cadaanka obviously wouldn't honour their enemies. 

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Oodweyne   

Old_Observer,

Here is a bit more of extra information in regards to the Somalilanders involvement in the WWII:

First, for some reason the "Liberation Campaign of Burma" (from 1942 - 1945) in which Somalilanders were part of the British contingency (they had a whole battalion from Somaliland slugging out with Japanese Imperial Army in the jungles of Burma between 1942 - 45) their basic salary was higher than the Indian Raj's Army, higher than the African's King Soldiers (from Ghana to Nigeria, to Southern Africa, to Uganda, to Kenya). They were higher also than the Sudanese, the Egyptians, and all other colonial soldiers under the British flag apart from Gurkhas and White-South-Africans.

Second, they were never asked to do any menial work, like ditching, like cleaning, or any of the lowly stuff the others were asked to do. But they were good at long-distance trekking, scouting. Moreover, a pitched-battle against the suicidal Japanese imperial army whereby things will have to be settled in a close-quarter sort of engagement was the method of fighting in which Somalis were very good at it. For they have shown no fear of any kind to really slug it out against them. For other colonial soldiers used to prefer the long-distance exchange of gun-fires sort of battle engagement, as opposed to getting in a close-up tussle with the enemy.   

Third, at the start of the battle or in any engagement, they were first to go off at it against the Japs (even when, as usual, the Japs were using their machine-guns, copiously, from their fortified positions). While the rest of the British's imperial army from the colonies were skulking around in their ditches and were waiting to be ordered to attack by their COs. The other sort of soldiers who never waited to be told the second time to go at it was the Gurkhas Batallions, who alone was responsible more Japs killed than any branch of the British's imperial army in that long military campaign of Burma under the command of General Slim (a very hardy officer of the old school).

Fourth, the casualty rate of the Somalilanders in that campaign was higher than all of the other imperial soldiers, apart from White's South-African's Boer soldiers and the Gurkha's battalions, who in turn had higher killed rate than any other contingents of the British's Army. 

Fifth, to this day, the British government used to give military pensions to the veterans of that war and to the descendent of those who were killed in those long campaigns of WWII. And in particular, those who took part in the wars of Burma and North Africa.

Sixth, They also took part in the "Campaign of North Africa" (1941 - 43), which was also a campaign theatre were another Somaliland's battalion was involved in and was slugging out with the Fascist Italian's army in Libya and against the Germans under General Rommel in Egypt and in Tunisia. This Battalion was in the British 8th Army under General Montgomery (i.e., Monty). And they fought, as I said it, in Libya and in Tunisia from 1941 till mid-1943. And they also fought in Egypt under General Claude Auchinleck from late 1941 till late 1942. Since he used to command the whole of the British Army in the Middle East and in North Africa before Gen. Monty took over from him in 1942 prior to that decisive battle of El-Alamein in October of 1942.

All of these historical records are an open-access format as well as a verified record at the "Imperial War Museum" in London. And some of those records are also at the "British's government record office" in Kew. Just in case anyone else wants to dig-in a bit deeper into it, or to even confirm it for themselves.

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Edit:

You will also get the field and operational "testimonies" of British Commanding Officers (COs) of these Somali battalions in WWII talking about the bravery, the gallantry, and the sheer lack of fear in which Somalis were known for during those long military campaigns, both in Asia (i.e., Burma) and in North Africa, by their officers.

So, you don't have to take my word for it. And most certainly this is not some sort of a Somalis telling each other their usual nomadic self-glorifying tall-tales about themselves under a tree somewhere in their lands. But, rather, It's the historical documents and the old military records of that war, And you can easily find all of these (as I said it already) at the "Imperial War Museum's historical archives", especially, if you that minded to find out about it. Or even bother yourself to go there, physically, and dig up these o;d records. 

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