A blast from the past

Quite literally. This is in memory of Sgt John MacAleese who led the SAS team that ended the siege at the Iranian Embassy thirty-one years ago.  I’m sure it wasn’t the only brave act he did in his life but it’s the only one the BBC have captured on film.

The video is age-restricted by YouTube but there are many more shorter clips and longer documentaries if you want to delve. I chose this one because it also shows the change in delivery of BBC News over thirty years.

Daily Telegraph obituary

As an aside, I can’t see this happening today. No recent Prime Minister has had the bottle and the BBC has become an interpreter of news rather than a reporter.



Sgt MacAleese comforts his family as his son’s body passes through Wootton Bassett in 2009.

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