Very nice touch by Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met on Wednesday with Polish soldiers who are due to be sent to Afghanistan, as they wound up a three-day visit to the central European nation.Poland is stepping up - more than anyone else in the former Warsaw Pact outside the former Soviet Republics of Latvia, Lithuania, and especially Estonia.
The prince and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, reviewed troops at the base of Poland's 1st Armoured Brigade, in Wesola near the Polish capital Warsaw.
Charles chatted with a sniper from an elite unit who, fittingly for the snowy weather, was dressed in a white winter camouflage uniform.
Flanked by senior Polish officers, the couple plugged their ears with their fingers amid the gunfire as unit showed off its battle skills.
Afterwards, they headed to a military club house where they chatted with troops who are poised to join Poland's contingent in Afghanistan.
Poland is one of the major European players in NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, with 2,200 troops there, and is set to boost the number by 400 next month.
With time, I believe they will become more like the Brits, Canadians, and Dutch WRT utility - and less like the Germans, Spanish, and Italians.
One of the unfortunately less-known stories of the Western Front from WWII - but one we cover here whenever we can - is the outstanding war record of the Polish troops that fought on the Western Front as part of the Commonwealth Forces AOR more often than not. From Italy to the race along the North Seas Coast. When the war was over - they didn't even have a country to return to.
The Polish 1st. Armoured Brigade especially. Heck - they once almost caused me to have an accident in Breda.
As for the title of this post - that references a very unfortunate moment of allied finger-pointing from the Polish POV here.
The rest of the above can be found here.