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September 2013 meeting - Sam Olsen: Liaison Officer in Kosovo and Iraq

posted 29 Sep 2013, 19:00 by John Leighton

The OMRS Hong Kong Branch September meeting will be a presentation by Sam Olsen on 24th September which was postponed from earlier in the year. Sam Olsen will talk about his experiences in the British Army of being an Allied Liaison officer to numerous NATO countries in both of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo. He will speak about attachments to different armies, and the way that their attitudes and adopted cultural postures can have a real effect on operational execution. Some of the anecdotes about armies that will be mentioned include:

·         French: drinking in enemy bars

·         Russians: kidnapping Finns, shopping for their ladies of ill repute

·         Americans: Burger King, helicopters and accidentally invading Serbia

·         Czechs: shocking practical jokes and burly check points

·         Aussies: SAS and drinking

·         Norwegians: Christmas dinner and saunas

·         Italians: rockgardens and no translators

This promises to be a lively and interesting presentation. 

We will meet as usual in the Reading Room of the Police Officers’ Club, Causeway Bay… meeting in the bar at 7:30 pm for a 8:00 pm start on Tuesday 24th September.