Published On: Mon, Nov 1st, 2021

The other October 15th death

What with it staffing “Covid-19 vaccination” centres, and with it propagandising through its psychological warfare units for to create the impression of a virulent disease that actually doesn’t exist in that way, the British Army is the enemy in a most overt way. However, there is more to the fact of its hostility to the British people than that. Pledging allegiance to the City of London, it is a mercenary force which initiates its personnel very much in the alchemical style, whereby they are broken down, or reduced, to be remodelled and refined; in other words, killed and resurrected. There’s no reason not to think of any adept in any rank of any service of the British military as a kind of modern Knight Templar – the sort that did the fighting rather than the banking, that is. (Ex-servicemen remain initiates, and oaths made to join what is membership of a Masonic order of sorts are things that don’t expire). While all branches of the UK military are put to nefarious purposes (most recently in undeclared wars in North Africa and the Middle East), the British Army has a particular tendency to be at the heart of UK Government mischief aimed domestically at the people who permit themselves to be governed by it.

As such, the British Army is entirely untrustworthy at the best of times. It is certainly not to be taken at its word when it gives out details of the deaths of its personnel: for any military, operational considerations mean that certain true information should not be in the public domain. For the British military, it’s not just about keeping secrets from a battlefield enemy or rival nation that a cover story might be used to disguise where units are really deployed and in some case being killed; it’s also about maintaining the secret of unaccountability in general. It is clear to the reader, hopefully, that if Britain had a real representative republican form of government, then the British military would not be allowed, for instance, to insert itself surreptitiously into a Middle Eastern or North African country to instigate and lead warfare against the sovereign government of that nation. But Britain is not a free country, and the frequent revelation of dead servicemen killed in places they shouldn’t be, or engaged in activity domestically that they shouldn’t, would certainly contribute to the shattering of any illusions to the contrary.

With all that being said, there was yet more intrigue in the matter of the death of Private Jethro Watson-Pickering in a recent accident that took place on Salisbury Plain (on 15th October), not only because it happened on the second day of a training exercise, but also because it happened on the very same day as David Amess was murdered. Now, there’s not much to do about the latter of these two points except note the dates as a very interesting coincidence. On the other hand, because the exercise Iron Storm began on the Army’s Salisbury Plain training facilities on 14th October, it is possible to imagine that the personnel of the civilian fire engines and ambulances and police vehicles that attended the incident might have thought at first that they were taking part in a drill.

Let there be no doubt, if the British Army can set up a crash scene on a London street from a rear entrance to its Woolwich Barracks so as to make out that jihadists had run an adult army cadet down with a car, then producing the tableau of a vehicle rolled over onto its roof (which is what appears to have happened) for the emergency services to discover on the outskirts of a remote Wiltshire village must be child’s play.

When the incident was first reported, it was said that an armoured vehicle, and in some places a tank, had overturned, so that the crew had been trapped inside. However, because the vehicle was loaded with live ammunition, a fire engine crew was not allowed to cut the trapped men out from their predicament. We were told, in the corporate-media (this from the BBC), “It took several hours for the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to free the soldiers.”

If it’s not clear to the reader the implication appears to be that because civilian fire crews could not effect a speedy rescue, the Army had to rely on its own devices and, moreover, took an overly long time about it. Now, there are two things to be said about all this.

Firstly, it is astonishing that the Army, infesting the South West as it does, did not have, at immediate hand, the means to solve what could not have been an unforeseen contingency, and do it in any meaningful way – i.e., so that a crew member could be accessed rapidly in order to prevent him from dying. Frankly, it is unbelievable, and in terms of event scepticism, has the hallmarks of the rescuers standing down.

Secondly, we note that it is the Army that eventually provides its own rescue effort. In this way, the civilian emergency services, having served the purpose of providing the optics of a real event, are not the people immediately confronting the contents of the crashed vehicle. Instead, this is something done by automatons in khaki who definitely won’t discuss what they were doing if they are ordered not to.

The only other thing to add about the initial reporting was that it insisted on a tree having something to do with the incident, although, truth be told, it was not easy to discern what had happened whereby there had been malign sylvan influence – not least until the coroner’s inquest, which opened last week, and then immediately adjourned to await the outcome of a joint police-Army investigation.

The following is from the Daily Mail coverage of the brief coroner’s inquest session (the reader might wonder what the “Army engineers” did differently to that which civilian fire crews were not allowed to):

Private Jethro Watson-Pickering was behind the wheel of the armoured vehicle which was carrying two other soldiers when its gun barrel struck a tree.

The 23-year-old had a ‘significant’ and fatal head injury as a result of the accident at midday and tragically died, a coroner was told…

Army engineers reportedly had to cut trapped soldiers free from the overturned tank and Pte Watson-Pickering was pronounced dead at the scene and identified by a colleague, Salisbury Coroner’s Court heard.

…[Coroner Ian Singleton] said: ‘On October 15 he was involved in military training, he was the driver with two others inside. At 12.00 they were travelling off road when the barrel of the vehicle struck a tree, causing it to rotate, striking him in the head.

‘He sustained significant injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene that day.’

Mr Singleton said an examination showed Pte Watson-Pickering ‘died of a head injury’ and added a full examination will be conducted.

Mr Singleton said the young soldier was identified by a colleague who had worked with him for a year.

So, what can be inferred seems clear enough, does it not? The vehicle being driven by Watson-Pickering was manoeuvring in such a way that a tree got in the way of the gun barrel, and not only did this somehow cause the vehicle to flip over onto its roof, but it caused the turret of the vehicle to turn so as to cause Watson-Pickering’s terminal head injury.

Now, although we might wonder at the suggestion whereby the design of the vehicle is so flawed as to make a man exposed and vulnerable to being killed with any surprise turning of the turret, let us pass over this cause of astonishment, and think about the idea of a tree hitting the barrel of the gun of a Warrior armoured vehicle – for this is the sort that Watson-Pickering would have been driving – and it causing all the other disastrous things to happen.

It occurs that this tree story is why there appeared to be an effort† in corporate-media, in initial and subsequent reporting, to suggest that a tank had overturned. A picture of a Challenger 2, which is the British Army’s main battle tank, even appeared embedded in The Sun’s reportage of the incident, while at the same time, no mention was made of what the vehicle really would be. The 1st Yorkshire Regiment, of which Watson-Pickering was a member, “is an Armoured Infantry battalion equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle” – thus speaks the official website. That this vehicle holds a three-man crew also matches up with the story of Watson-Pickering being trapped alongside two others (the Challenger 2 is manned by four people).

So, it can therefore be noted that the main armament on a Warrior is a 30mm cannon, while the main armament on a Challenger 2 is a 120mm gun. From these numbers we can imagine the actual thickness of each barrel: the Warrior’s being appropriately relatively thicker than the 3cm round that it shoots, and the Challenger’s being the same after the 12cm round that it despatches. From the pictures below, it is clear the Challenger’s main gun (shown on the right) definitely has proportions whereby it might allow for a tree – a trunk, in fact – to come between it and the body of the tank (here’s a fun fact: with the gun forward, it extends the length of the tank by 5.2m).

On the other hand, it is hard to imagine how the barrel of the gun coming from the turret of a Warrior could do the things blamed on it in this story, and one wonders that, even it could extend far enough so as to act as an effective lever against a passing tree, it would give up one way or another (bend completely so as to stop acting as a lever, or even snap), before it caused the 25 tonne vehicle to flip onto its back. Now, there’s no doubt that Fighting Vehicles such as this Warrior may roll over, and sometimes even kill their crew in doing so (an American equivalent turned over into water during a training exercise in 2019 and drowned some of its occupants), however, in this case, the author suggests that there may be a plausibility gap engendered by a requirement to explain the particularly devastating head injury suffered by the unfortunate Watson-Pickering. Otherwise, how very unfortunate was Watson-Pickering.


The Sun: “A 23-YEAR-OLD soldier has died after a tank “rolled over” during a military training exercise in Wiltshire.”

The Guardian: “Ministry of Defence confirms death after tank reportedly rolls over at the military facility in Wiltshire”.

The Telegraph: “A soldier has died following an incident involving a tank during a military training exercise in Wiltshire.”

The Independent: “A soldier who was killed when a tank overturned during a military training exercise this week has been named by the Army”.


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