Instructions to the Royal Irish Battle Group
by Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins
THE enemy should be in no doubt that we are his Nemesis and that we are bringing
about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains
on their souls and they are stoking the fires of Hell for Saddam. As they die they
will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. But those
who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect
you to rock their world.
We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are
entering Iraq to free a people, and the only flag that will be flown in that ancient land
is their own. Donít treat them as refugees, for they are in their own country.
I know men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts. They live with the mark of
Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you, then remember they have that right in international
law, and ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we
aim to please. If there are casualties of war, then remember, when they woke up and got dressed
in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death. Bury them properly,
and mark their graves.
You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest, for your deeds will follow you down
history. Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood, and
the birth of Abraham. Tread lightly there. You will have to go a long way to find a more decent,
generous and upright people than the Iraqis. You will be embarrassed by their hospitality, even
though they have nothing ...
There may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in
their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow. Letís leave Iraq a better
place for us having been there. Our business now, is north.