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Posted: 10/4/2005 6:11:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 6:14:49 AM EDT by DK-Prof]
On saturday, First Lieutenant Bjark Olsen Kirkmand was killed by an IED in Iraq, and the two others in his recon vehicle were seriously injured. May he rest in peace.



The attack took place around Basra, where the Danish battalion is stationed (in the British sector), and is particularly distrubing because the area has been extremely stable, with very little violence. In face, the Danish casulaties have been extremely low so far - with virtually no fatalities to date.

Fortunately, the Danish government had just recently decided to reinforce the Danish battalion by sending a Fennec helicopter platoon (with support personnel) to add to the battalion. Support for the mission i Iraq is still pretty strong in Denmark, and there are no plans to reduce our troop presence there. Yay team!

Disclaimer - I completely realize that the Danish military presence in Iraq is trivial compared to the U.S. (and even British) presences, but given our extremely small military and our commitments in Kosovo and Afghanistan, the 500 troops we've got in Iraq is actually a very substantial part of our standing army (because we only send professionals to iraq, not draftees - and a large portion of our army is still draftees). So this post is in no way meant to be dismissive towards the tragic American losses this weekend

Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:21:47 AM EDT
Rest in Peace, Soldier.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:25:44 AM EDT
We value every coalition soldier, regardless of the size of their contingent.
God bless this man and his family.
Future generations of Iraqis will owe him much.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:25:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
this post is in no way meant to be dismissive towards the tragic American losses this weekend


and if any comes along and says otherwise, the line to kick his ass will be forming right behind me.


Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:32:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:33:28 AM EDT

Prayers for the Lt and his family. Thank you for keeping my family safe.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:40:50 AM EDT
Morn your motherlands loss. One of your losses is one of our loses in this war no matter the size of the contribution.

Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:43:06 AM EDT
At least the Danes showed up, unlike the Germans, French, etc who could have sent a much more sizable force but chose otherwise. That means a lot.

Besides, I'd rather have 500 good Danish troops than all the frogs put together anyway.

BTW, I am very sorry to hear of this loss. Hopefully we can come up with some counters for these damn IEDs. If it weren't for those, we wouldn't have many casualties.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:46:31 AM EDT
Thanks to the Danes for their help and especially, their sacrifices.

May they all come home safe... And if that's not possible, may God bless them and keep them.

(we need a "teary eyed guys looking up at the Danish flag" icon)
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 6:50:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Disclaimer - I completely realize that the Danish military presence in Iraq is trivial compared to the U.S. (and even British) presences, but given our extremely small military and our commitments in Kosovo and Afghanistan, the 500 troops we've got in Iraq is actually a very substantial part of our standing army (because we only send professionals to iraq, not draftees - and a large portion of our army is still draftees). So this post is in no way meant to be dismissive towards the tragic American losses this weekend

God bless the Danish soldiers fighting the good fight. And Denmark needs to get a bigger military! Your numbers are scaring me, and I'm not even Danish.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:28:28 PM EDT
Any idea what the vehicle was? Those Eagles they drive around in are what the armoured HMMWV -should- have been.

NTM
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:37:49 PM EDT
RIP
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:45:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
this post is in no way meant to be dismissive towards the tragic American losses this weekend


and if any comes along and says otherwise, the line to kick his ass will be forming right behind me.

www.cnn.com/interactive/specials/0009/denmark.photos/danish.flag.jpg



+1
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:46:52 PM EDT
Here is the email address of the Danish Embassy in the US.

wasamb@um.dk

In case anyone wanted to send them a letter, here is their address.

The Royal Danish Embassy
3200 Whitehaven St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

I sent a letter to the Polish Consulate in LA when I learned of Polands involvement in the war. I got a reply back from the Consul General. We'll see what the Danes have to say.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 3:47:47 PM EDT
Tak nemlig jeres service... Hvil i fred
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 4:45:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:
Any idea what the vehicle was? Those Eagles they drive around in are what the armoured HMMWV -should- have been.

NTM




The Eagles are cool, but based on the picture, this vehicle was a Mercedes GD - which is usually what is used for the fast scout/recon role.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 4:46:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 4:47:10 PM EDT by eodtech2000]


Link Posted: 10/4/2005 5:06:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 5:21:46 PM EDT
The Danes have shown great honor in joining our fight against terror. They are a proud people who have remembered the atrocities of WWII. They now stand by us, remembering and honoring what our "Greatest Generation" did for them in their time of need. If all countries and all leaders showed such honor this world would be a better place. We are greatful for their help and feel their loss as one of our own. May he rest in peace.
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