A serving soldier reignited the row about equipment shortages during the Iraq war last night, claiming he and his men had been issued with just five bullets each for the entire conflict.
The unnamed soldier, who said he came under fire several times on the frontline in southern Iraq, told Channel 4 News: "We had five rounds each to defend ourselves. I actually crossed the border with five rounds.
"The magazine held 30 separate bullets but I was issued with five separate bullets to last the entire hostilities of the war. We came under fire in Um Qasr three or four times. Not fire, it was more like ricochets."
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
THE BRITISH BARNEY FIFE?