Armistice Day Special

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Armistice Day Special
12th November 2014

Both Lou and Dikon were captains in the Household Cavalry and Royal Artillery and they explain what Remembrance Day means to them.



James Banks, former captain in the Royal Artillery who served in Afghanistan, and David Barclay, an ex-Army officer who now works for Haig Housing, discuss the difficulties of adjusting to everyday life after the army.



Margaret Evison's son Mark was leading a patrol as a platoon commander in Helmand Province when the platoon came under fire.  In the battle, he was shot. He was flown back to England in May 2009 but after two days in hospital, his life support machines were turned off. He was 26. Margaret describes the pain she felt when she heard the news and how to cope with the loss of loved ones in the armed forces.



Kim Senagupta, Defence Correspondent of the Independent and Robert Fox, Defence Editor of the Evening Standard, discuss the potential of a more stream-lined armed forces in the future, the growing threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the new approach to warfare, including the potential decline of boots on the ground.



For more on remembrance day:

A drone's flight over the poppies, here.

Silence falls in Trafalger Square, here.

This is why poppy donations matter, here.

Building the poppy commemoration, here.

Armistice day at the Tower of London, here.

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