Piorun, on 17 January 2011 - 11:14 AM, said:
I feel you are all being far too harsh and quick to libel a pair of honest and caring men. A bulldozer had uncovered these remains and, from past experience, we know that it would very likely have ploughed them under again. M. Zanardi is, I believe, a Battlefield Guide and well-versed in the required procedures. Contacting the Mayor of the municipality would certainly constitute the "authorities" and it is hard to see what even the Mayor could do on private land in the face of a 'dozer driver determined to carry on his paid work. Zanardi and the Mayor effectively shielded the remains with their own presence and were at least able to recover what remains they could. Placing the remains on hessian sacking was perfectly respectful (what would you have, white linen?) and practical under the circumstances. What did you do with the last military casualty you handled? No, it's not the best battlefield archaeology - but it's better than the bulldozer would have done. I feel that it's also inappropriate to doubt the Mayor's word that he couldn't raise the Australian Embassy on the weekend. If you've ever tried to raise any embassy on the weekend, you'll know that it can be impossible - especially in these days of "leave a message after the tone". Please ease up Pals - and be careful about libelling good people. Antony
Antony, no one is libeling anyone as far as i can observe here, the last remains i was involved with, once discovered, were 1st reported to the police, they attended, satisfied it was not a crime scene, authorised the removal. 2nd removal was carried out with great care, and each set of remains and all associated items placed in sealed plastic evidence bags, 3rd handed over to the Army, who then made contact with CWGC for identification,4th, once all id was carried out by CWGC they were buried with full military honours.
At all times the remains were treated with respect and as laid down by law.
The first point of contact here should have been the police, but there is no mention of their involvement,if this was on private land who asked M Zanardi and the Mayor to attend?.