British United
Services Club
of Los Angeles
July 6, 2015
President's Remarks for the 2015 Past Presidents Night
Continuing our theme from last month (“When the ‘home’ team doesn’t win and the aftermath”), July 27, 2015 marks the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Maiwand, one of the principal battles of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.  The Afghans with 25,000 regular troops and five artillery batteries defeated two British brigades, comprised of 500 British and 2000 Indian troops, under Brigadier-General George Burrows.  The Afghans however paid a high price: about 2,750 Afghans were killed and probably about 1,500 wounded.  British and Indian forces suffered 969 soldiers killed and 177 wounded.  Maiwand may not be a familiar name, but locations involved in the lead-up and aftermath of this battle 135 years ago are all too familiar to us today: Kandahar, Kabul, Jalalabad, Dakka, Herat and Ghazni.  Some things never change.
The British were overwhelmed by sheer numbers at Maiwand. 
At our July Mess Night, we promise an exciting presentation about a battle that ended up decidedly better for Great Britain than Isandlwana and Maiwand: The Battle of Waterloo, where the “home” team won – decisively.  Information about our excellent speaker and his presentation follows this message.  Please join us for Past Presidents Night this July 24th as we honor our living past presidents:
• Flt. Lt. Robert Reynolds, RAF (1961)
• Flt. Lt. John Blackburn, RAF (1977)
• Peter M. Candelin, Esq. Royal Air Force (1988)
• Robert B. Edmonds, Esq. MBE, The Queens Royal Surrey Regiment (1989, 1995, 2000, 2009, 2010)
• William L. Dean, Esq. Royal Navy (1999)
• Sqdn. Ldr. Munir A. Azam, TBt., PAF (1997 & 2011)
• Michael J. Gregory, Esq., RAF (2001, 2002 & 2006)
• Capt. Stuart R. Bird-Wilson, Special Air Services Regiment and Royal Hong Kong Regiment (2003, 2004 & 2005)
The annual BUSC Past Presidents Night is Friday, July 24.  Click on the announcement below to view this month's bulletin (you will be prompted for this month's login & password).
Click on the invitation page below to see this month's bulletin and more information on the 2015 Annual Army Night Dinner Event.
Click on the page below to see the latest BUSC Membership Roster