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May 11, 1982 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, May 11, 1982-Page 9

as British
(Continued from Page 1)
with 2,500 British marines and
paratroopers, accompanied by landing
craft, had arrived yesterday night off
the Falklands, known in Argentina as
the Malvinas.
A FOUR-DAY lull in the fighting was
broken Sunday when British warships
and planes attacked targets on the
South Atlantic islands. Hanrahan said
yesterday's action occurred when a
group of warships left the task force
"under cover of darkness to move in
close to the shore. When they were
within range, they opened fire with
their 4.5-inch guns."
Peter Archer of Press Association,
Britain's domestic news agency, repor-
ted from the Hermes that the mission
"was seen as a softening-up process
before an eventual landing by British
A spokesman at the British Defense
Ministry said he had "no information"
on the reported shelling, but the
correspondents' dispatches had been
cleared by military censors.
THE DEVELOPMENTS fueled specu-
lation that an invasion to retake the
Falklands was imminent.

Naked ape
As if to demonstrate man's basic urges, Geron Kramer goes for the complete tan near Miami. City officials will decide
today whether or not nude bathing is legal on Virginia Key. Regardless, Kramer may need about a case of Solarcaine to
cover all that sunburn.

Gurkhas to
LONDON (AP) - When the Queen
Elizabeth II sets sail for the Falkland
Islands war zone this week, the troops
on board will include 650 Gurkhas,
Himlayan soldiers whose long and
legendary service with Britain has won
them a place in the ranks of the world's
toughtest fighters.
The small warriors from Nepal, with
an average height of 5 feet 3 inches, are
from the Duke of Edinburgh's Own
Gurkha Rifles.

join Falkh
THEIR trademark is a razor-sharp,
foot-long knife called the Kukri.
The Gurkhas are among 3,000 mem-
bers of the Birtish army's 5th Infantry
Brigade, equivalent of the U.S. Rapid
Deployment Force, scheduled to leave
tomorrow on the converted luxury liner
for the two-week trip to the Falklands.
It is not known exactly what role is
envisaged for Gurkhas ina battle being
fought with computer-guided Exocet
missiles and Sea Harrier jets. Press
speculation here says the infantry
brigade might be used as a garison for-
ce if the Argentines are evicted from
the Falklands.
COMMENTING on the government's
decision to deploy the Gurkha battalion,
Defense Secretary John Nott said: "It
would be a pleasure to afight with them.
But I would never fancy facing them."
During the 1950s, Nott was a signals
platoon commander with the 2nd King
Edward VII's Own Gurkhas in Malaya.
Gurkhas have served in the British
army for 167 years, fighting for a coun-
try most of them have never seen and
winning 26 Victoria Crosses, Britain's
highest medal.
GURKHAS fought on the British side
in two world wars. Two hundred
thousand fought in the first war, ser-
ving in France, and 40 battalions fought
in North Africa, Italy, Burma and
Malaya in the second.
With their fearsome Kukri knives and
their motto "It's better to die than be a
coward," the Gurkhas have a legen-
dary reputation for courage.
Col. David Horsford, describing a
skirmish in the Burma campaign of
World War II, wrote: "When the
Gurkhas ran out of hand grenades, they
spent 20 minutes throwing stones at the
Japanese troops."
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It's the beginning of Spring term, so one wouldn't expect to see someone out
bagging dead leaves. But that's exactly what Fred Spademan, a worker for
the Michigan Union was doing yesterday. Fred probably will not have to do
this again for another six months..

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