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// TO HELMAND AND BACK //

In Gender and Militarism in the Pacific, Masculinity, militarism, Militarism in the Pacific, Military History, PSMC recruitment in Fiji, PTSD on February 3, 2010 at 11:24 am
Derek Derenalagi

Derek Derenalagi

More than 2,000 Fijians are currently serving in the British forces, trading their palm-fringed Pacific islands for the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Why do they do it? For a passport out of poverty and to fight for the nation that once ruled them. Dan McDougall reports .

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Black SAS war hero who held off 250 rebels single-handed to be immortalised in statue

In Militarism in the Pacific, Military History, Representations of the Black Body on October 26, 2009 at 10:31 am
Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba

Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba

He was fighting a secret and brutal war in a dusty land far from home.

But while the 1972 clash between British forces and Communist rebels in has long passed into history, the actions of Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba have not.

Instead, the Fijian soldier’s exemplary courage under fire places him high on the pantheon of SAS heroes.