I saw a hit from South Africa on sitemeter earlier, and when I checked my email today, I found a message from there. Lo and behold, a fellow blogger. The South African Army has a great history as a part of the British Empire, and while it struggled through the age of apartheid, it has served its nation well and remained nonpolitical in the transition to majority rule.
By all means, visit Soldier of Africa. It has a lot of great pics and you will probably enjoy seeing soldiering from a slightly different perspective.
And the blogger there was kind enough to pass along a good infantry/armor joke:
An Infantryman was on vacation in Limpopo and he wanted a pair of genuine crocodile shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming very frustrated with the “no haggle” attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the Infantryman shouted, “maybe I’ll just go out and get my own crocodile so I can get a pair of shoes made at a reasonable price!”
The vendor said, “By all means, be my guest. Maybe you will run into a couple of Armour Guys who were in here earlier saying the same thing.”
So the Infantryman headed to the Limpopo River that same day and a few hours later came upon two men standing waist deep in the water. He thought, “those must be the two Armour Soldiers the guy in town was talking about.” Just then, the Infantryman saw a tremendously long crocodile swimming rapidly underwater towards one of the Armour Men.
Just as the crocodile was about to attack, the Armour Man grabbed its neck with both hands and strangled it to death with very little effort. Then both Armour Soldiers dragged it on shore and flipped it on its back. Laying nearby were several more of the creatures.
One of the Armour Guys then exclaimed, “Damn, this one doesn’t have any shoes either!”
Go, and enjoy.
UPDATE: The tip came from loyal reader and commenter AndrewB. Thanks.