A rather eye-catching headline from the BBC and an interesting story about the time singer James Blunt spent as a cavalry officer in Kosovo. He was given an order from an American general to attack an airfield being held by Russian troops with the hope of overpowering them. He refused that order:
Asked if following the order would have risked starting World War III, Blunt, who was a 25-year-old cavalry officer at the time, replied: “Absolutely. And that’s why we were querying our instruction from an American general.
“Fortunately, up on the radio came Gen Mike Jackson, whose exact words at the time were, ‘I’m not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War III’, and told us why don’t we sugar off down the road, you know, encircle the airfield instead.
“And after a couple of days the Russians there said: ‘Hang on we have no food and no water. Can we share the airfield with you?’.”