Raising a smile for British troops
20th May 2005
Britons are renowned for smiling in the face of adversity and despite the slaughter, terror and horrors of Bush’s war in Iraq, British squaddies based in the Gulf can still find time for raising a smile. Troops from the Royal Dragoon Guards Tank Regiment teamed up to shoot a spoof video at their base in Al Faw, Iraq, before e-mailing it to fellow soldiers in London. The comic video is a send-up of Tony Christies’ 1971 hit “Is this the way to Amarillo” and proved so popular with their Army colleagues in Britain that the MOD computer system temporarily crashed.
Earlier today the trio behind the video were flown in to London from Germany to answer questions from the media about the film. Staff Sergeant Roger Parr, who has the leading role in the video, Sgt Andy Stokoe, who came up with the idea, and Captain Mungo Kerr, who filmed it suggested they might be asked to produce a follow up.
Sgt Stokoe said the video was a morale booster to soldiers serving in Iraq, and had been created by members of the Black Horse Squadron of the Royal Dragoon Guards who were based in Al Faw, to entertain those who have been stationed in Basra.
It was played at a reunion in Germany and was so popular it was broadcast all night.
The video which is acquiring cult status can be seen here: http://www.putfile.com/media.php?n=way_to_armadillo
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