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The British are Coming! UK Heritage Organizations Urge Preservation of Princeton Battlefield

PRINCETON, N.J., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In letters to the Institute for Advanced Study, two respected British Armyrats © military heritage organizations joined the chorus of voices opposing plans by the Institute to build faculty housing on a key part of the Princeton Battlefield known as Maxwell’s Field. The site is where George Washington staged a daring charge against the British Army to win the 1777 Battle of Princeton.

The Battlefields Trust is a United Kingdom-based charity dedicated to the preservation, research and interpretation of battlefields as educational and historical resources. The organization campaigns to defend the battlefields of Great Britain from inappropriate development. These battlefields are the final resting place for thousands of unknown soldiers who forged the British nation.

534 flags line the Princeton Battlefield, one for each soldier killed, wounded, or captured at the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton.

The Battlefields Trust was joined in its opposition by The Royal Tigers’ Association, the veterans’ organization of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The association is composed of men of one of the most famous fighting units to ever serve in the British Army. The regiment, then identified as the 17th Regiment of Foot, served throughout the American Revolutionary War. The regiment’s stand during the Battle of Princeton was commemorated with the addition of an unbroken laurel wreath to its unit insignia.

In their letters to the Institute for Advanced Study, the Battlefields Trust and The Royal Tigers’ Association urged the Institute to abandon its plans to build 15 faculty houses on the most historically sensitive part of the 22-acre Maxwell’s Field property. The site, identified as core battlefield land by the US National Park Service, is where the right wing of George Washington’s counterattack against the 17th Regiment of Foot, standing alone, first struck British lines.

In its letter, the Battlefields Trust noted that an institution with its own rich history should be mindful of preserving other historic places. “The Battlefields Trust is therefore disappointed that an organisation which cherishes its own history is acting in a way that seemingly ignores the unique historic value of a battlefield site in which it acts as custodian for the people of the US and UK.”

Both organizations will join the Save Princeton Coalition, an alliance of historic preservation organizations to protect the Princeton Battlefield. The 12 member organizations of the Save Princeton Coalition are: American Association for State and Local History[1]; American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati[2]; Battlefields Trust[3]; Civil War Trust[4]; Cultural Landscape Foundation[5]; National Coalition for History[6]; National Parks Conservation Association[7]; National Trust for Historic Preservation[8]; Preservation Maryland[9]; Princeton Battlefield Society[10]; Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association[11]; and New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club[12].

Read more from the Associated Press[13].

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References

  1. ^ American Association for State and Local History (www.prnewswire.com)
  2. ^ American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati (www.prnewswire.com)
  3. ^ Battlefields Trust (www.prnewswire.com)
  4. ^ Civil War Trust (www.prnewswire.com)
  5. ^ Cultural Landscape Foundation (www.prnewswire.com)
  6. ^ National Coalition for History (www.prnewswire.com)
  7. ^ National Parks Conservation Association (www.prnewswire.com)
  8. ^ National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.prnewswire.com)
  9. ^ Preservation Maryland (www.prnewswire.com)
  10. ^ Princeton Battlefield Society (www.prnewswire.com)
  11. ^ Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association (www.prnewswire.com)
  12. ^ New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club (www.prnewswire.com)
  13. ^ Associated Press (www.prnewswire.com)
  14. ^ http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160620/381341 (www.prnewswire.com)
  15. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-british-are-coming-uk-heritage-organizations-urge-preservation-of-princeton-battlefield-300287357.html (www.prnewswire.com)

ISIS: Bollywood bombs away on ISIS jihadists as British troops blare ‘blasphemy’

ISIS[1] and Bollywood[2] is evidently a toxic mix. Know thine enemy, says the ancient Chinese treatise The Art of War. British troops in the Special Air Service (SAS[3]) are appropriating the warmongering strategy and blaring Hindi language and Indian pop music at ISIS militants stationed in Libya[4], who reportedly detest the genre and see it as a form of blasphemy.

According to Asia One news[5] on June 2, Bollywood music freaks out ISIS jihadists, and the un-Islamic music and musical warfare is taking a psychological toll. According to sources, forces at the Joint Special Operations Command post had recently intercepted insurgent s communications and blasted them with Bollywood chart music. In another incident, SAS forces stationed two cars near the checkpoint of an ISIS-controlled town, retrofitted them with huge speakers, turned the vehicles on, ramped up the Bollywood tunes and left them. The Islamic State terrorists view Bollywood music as blasphemy against Islam and the group s ultra-conservative interpretation of the Quran. Traditional sections of predominantly Muslim and Taliban-occupied areas in the Middle East have banned Bollywood music and film. Plus it s just plain annoying.

The music is not just being blared for giggles either. The British Armyrats © military is measuring the reaction of ISIS fighters responding to the music in order to gauge response times and potential weak points in their defense. A senior source told the UK s Daily Mirror[6]: We needed to unnerve militants and at the same time use some sort of passive measure to gauge their force strength in the area we are working and it went well. British troops are currently stationed in Libya in a non-combative role, training locals how to fight the approximate 4,000 insurgents stationed there. And how to vex ISIS with a little Bollywood.

References

  1. ^ ISIS (www.examiner.com)
  2. ^ Bollywood (www.examiner.com)
  3. ^ SAS (www.examiner.com)
  4. ^ Libya (www.examiner.com)
  5. ^ Asia One news (news.asiaone.com)
  6. ^ Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

Libya; British and Italian Marines hit by ISIS suicide bombers

While various government ministries in London and Rome are remaining tight-lipped, word is bubbling to the surface that the ISIS[1] terrorists have attacked a convoy of British, Italian, and Libyan troops. And while various news services are quickly reporting on the situation, the joint Italian-British Armyrats © military intervention in the ISIS-thick North African nation is widely being ignored by the American press. As reported by William Watkinson of the United Kingdom edition of the International Business Times[2], and also by Ian Gallagher of the London-based The Daily Mail[3], both on May 1, 2016, a convoy consisting of an undisclosed number of troops were ambushed in a highly coordinated ISIS ambush attack. A multi-national force of Britain’s Special Boat Service personnel (usually top shelf British Royal Marines[4]), Italian Marines from the elite San Marco Brigade, and local soldiers loyal to the recently recognized Libyan Government of National Accord were travelling from the northwestern Libyan city of Misrata towards the Islamic jihadist stronghold of Sirte when hit. According to reports, the initial attack was initiated by ISIS vehicles that were described as “packed with explosives” when they inexplicably were allowed to drive directly “alongside the convoy transporting the Italian and British troops” prior to setting off an undeniably sizable amount of explosives. Yet to be verified, it’s standard operating procedure for the Islamic jihadists of ISIS to pack their IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) with nails, screws, and ball bearings to maximize the carnage.

Directly after the suicide bombs were detonated, in what von Clausewitz described as the “fog of war” when the shock, bloodshed, and violence casts a pall in the minds and actions of the effected troops, the ISIS militants carried on the attack with an unexpected degree of training and discipline. Before the smoke was even close to clearing, “Other ISIS fighters shelled the convoy with mortars and strafed it with heavy machine gun fire.”

As reported, the entire allied force faced annihilation, escaping such only after “Italian and French warplanes and attack helicopters intervened.” While no British casualties were mentioned, there are spotty reports that the Italian Marines have suffered some of their own “killed or wounded.”

For their part, the British Ministry of Defence has released to the public: “The MoD neither confirms nor denies claims about Special Forces activity.” Yet in a related story, the staunchly pro-Western monarch of Jordan has not only verified British Special Forces are presently on the ground in Libya[5], King Adbullah has also publicly stated his own first rate[6] Special Forces “will be imbedded [sic] with British SAS” in Libya.

When Jordan’s Special Forces join their British brethren in Libya, it won’t exactly be their first time under fire. The Jordanian SF has already operated in Somalia[7] with the British Army’s SAS against the ISIS-allied al-Shabab terrorists. Not only in the Horn of Africa have the Jordanians been busy. Their special operators have very quietly been involved[8] in the fight against Islamic jihadists in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

References

  1. ^ ISIS (www.examiner.com)
  2. ^ International Business Times (www.ibtimes.co.uk)
  3. ^ The Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Marines (www.examiner.com)
  5. ^ Libya (www.examiner.com)
  6. ^ first rate (www.businessinsider.com)
  7. ^ operated in Somalia (www.middleeasteye.net)
  8. ^ been involved (www.csmonitor.com)
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