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Looking back: Technical advances changing the world
7:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
It is easy to forget how much technology has changed, looking at these pictures of members of the Sussex Gunners.
The soldiers had copies of The Argus specially flown out to Bosnia to check the progress of Brighton and Hove Albion FC.
The regiment, which recruits from Sussex, was part of the peacekeeping force in the pre-Internet days of 1996.
They were visited by Argus chief photographer Simon Dack who also pictured children playing with toy guns against a backdrop of bombblasted homes and bullet-riddled tanks.
The Gunners were from the 26th Regiment Royal Artillery completing a peacekeeping and reconstruction mission.
In 1999 a soldier was lucky to escape being blinded after a brick was hurled through the windscreen of his truck in Macedonia.
L-Cpl Andrew Ackers, 24, of Portslade, was targeted by Serb sympathisers angry at Nato bombing attacks. A member of the Royal Signals for six years, he had been helping to build a refugee camp at Brazda.
The ex-Portslade Community College pupil was cut by flying glass when the brick shattered the windscreen of his truck.
His father, Rod, said it was lucky hewasn’t blinded by glass fragments which narrowly missed his eye.
Meanwhile a Territorial Army volunteer was honoured for his heroics in 2002 after a five-month tour of Bosnia.
Lance Corporal Neil Perriton, 28, of Greenbank Avenue, Saltdean, led a peacekeeping patrol in the town of Mrkonjic Grad, delivering blankets and food and searching for mines.
When he was faced with a drunken policeman wielding a pistol he used his skills and training to calm the situation and avert a crisis.
He was joined by Private Spencer Allen, and Private Jason Gilroy, both of Brighton and part of the 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
L-Cpl Perriton said: “I will always remember when the policeman drew his gun.
“It was Christmas Eve and absolutely freezing out there, about minus 40C. I had confiscated a rifle from a local who didn’t have a permit for it.
“The police chief came over and I could tell he was drunk. He drew his pistol on us. Weapons were raised on both sides but I managed to calm the situation down.
“It was quite a tense moment and I was sweating, thinking we could get shot.
“There were only four of us and we were surrounded by locals.”
There were presented with the medals by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Phyllida Stewart- Roberts, at the TA Centre in Dyke Road, Brighton.
In 1999 The Argus launched an appeal for essential medical care for the refugees of the war-torn region.
More than 400,000 men, women and children had fled their homes in Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey and Bosnia.
Argus deputy editor Chris Chandler said: “Here in Europe there is a tragedy beyond belief.
“I know our readers will want to do all they can to relieve the suffering of the thousands flooding over the borders from Kosovo.”
Meanwhile a hundred soldiers returning from active service in Bosnia fixed their bayonets and flew their colours during a parade through Worthing in 2001.
The 5th Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment marched through town accompanied by The Normandy Band.
ON THIS DAY
1792: King Louis XVI of France is arrested and declared an enemy of the people.
1961: East Germany closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin.
1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine and enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York.
1977: Members of the British National Front (NF) clash with anti-NF demonstrators in Lewisham, London, resulting in 214 arrests and at least 111 injuries.
2004: 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees are massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
The Argus’ popular “Looking Back” feature has been compiled into an A4, soft back book which catalogues the events that have made their mark on the people of Sussex. The fascinating archive of “Looking Back” images dates back to the 1930s when The Argus first started to print photographs. The book costs £6.99 including postage and packing. To order please visit theargus.co.uk/store
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