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One cannot be certain whether he intended to make public his diary: it appeared after his death. That the Tigers published his diary indicates. War Journey book. Read 10 reviews War Journey: Diary of a Tamil Tiger This short diary was recovered from Malaravan's kit after he was killed in action in , when barely twenty. .. Download app for iOS Download app for Android. War Journey book. Read reviews War Journey: Diary of a Tamil Tiger. Other editions This short diary was recovered from Malaravan's kit after he was killed in action in . Download app for iOS Download app for Android.
Im Vorfeld warteten meine ersten Fans bereits ungeduldig. Es war wohl etwas zu gut gemeint mit dem Nebel. Nach nur 24 Stunden hatten bereits Jetzt bin ich schon ganz aufgeregt. Ich hoffe und freue mich darauf ganz viele Fans und Freunde zu sehen.
Kommt vorbei und besucht mich. I am the th Eurofighter of the German Air Force and so far I have around flight hours with gray paint. Anyone who had a good idea could participate. The closing date of the competition was the beginning of November. Proposals were submitted from all over Germany.
There were also suggestions from England, France and Belgium. A team of the Bavarian Tigers, which consisted of technicians and pilots, had the difficult decision of selecting a suitable design from the many submissions.
A week later, Alexander was invited to our squadron to discuss detailed arrangements and some changes. He now had to implement them promptly in order to submit the permit for the foiling.
Unfortunately, this is not as easy as it is with a car. Certain conditions must be met. For example, it's not allowed to foile some areas such as the tactical license plate or the Iron Cross sovereign license of the German Air Force. Many other small details had to be considered as well.
Of course, the financing had to be clarified in advance. Offers for the foiling had to be obtained from several companies. Time passed and everything was still on schedule for the Tiger Meet that will take place in May in Poland.
Everything went very quickly. And there we need eye-catcher, like me! The squadron was already far along with the plans for a specially painted plane but my design is really a highlight, so the Air Force has made the decision to use the "Ghost Tiger" of the Bavarian Tigers from Neuburg.
We were all very proud that this design was selected. Now everything had to go very fast. My first flight was no longer required in May, now it needed to be one month earlier for the ILA. The approval and funding were no longer problems. The Air Force can be quite fast. We also had the necessary offers. The contract was awarded to the company Hamm, a company from Neuburg, who already had multiple experiences with the foiling of a Eurofighter or Tornado. Further adjustments of the design were necessary.
Therefore, the designer Alexander Breunig had to take the kilometer trip again to make arrangements with the Folier company and the Bavarian Tigers. The design could not have the exact dimensions of the aircraft, but had to be larger in order to account for the surface waste, as accurate size adjustments are made on site during foiling. This meant a weekend shift for Alexander, because he does this as a hobby in addition to his profession. The design was perfect now and could be implemented as a foiling.
Now my preparations for the foiling began. I had to be washed and grease-free and thus ideally prepared for the foiling. April 3, , after the Easter holidays, were my last days in the Air Force gray dress.
The Hamm company moved in with four employees, who immediately started the work to soon present me as a new Tiger. My left rudder was foiled first. After the first slides were applied it was immediately clear that I would become a particularly beautiful tiger!
On the first day almost my entire left side was ready. After three days, almost square meters of special film were applied. But I was not done yet, because now was time for the finishing details. The edges had to be sealed to keep my tiger dress on in flight.
Besides, the Tigers themselves changed with changing times and circumstance. The volume is valuable, at the least because there is little documentary evidence due to factors such as the burning down of the Jaffna Library in ; the mass exodus from Jaffna in , and the destruction that followed the defeat of the Tigers.
The Indian government too is alleged to have seized material in the safekeeping of various groups in Tamil Nadu page xviii. But he was an exceptional individual, one who, among other things, together with his gun and equipment, also carried a bag with books. It points to one of the greatest tragedies of war: young potential early and cruelly cut off.
There is so much to do before I die Malaravan, p. Though it may seem strange in association with a war diary, the words that came most to my mind when reading the book were terms such as love, compassion and idealism.
The love is for his people, his homeland, culture, comrades-in-arms and nature. The land is soaked with the sweat of labour; the blood of those who sacrificed themselves, and with the tears of grief. They suffer and die so that future generations can live free.
The words and thoughts here, as also largely elsewhere, are those of Malaravan. The time has come for me to go. Farewell, mother. There is no self-pity.
Houses and huts destroyed, and land laid waste, they have to constantly move and start again, each time with diminishing health and spirit. The author observes fresh shoots of grass emerging from a pile of ash, and wonders how that was possible. Most likely, seeds were dropped by birds and, after a shower of rain, the grass grows again. This he sees as symbolic, and as an inspiration.
Writing almost two decades before the end of the war , relations between the Tigers and the civilian Tamil population, as described by the author, are positive. The poor villagers share what little they have, and wish them well.
As the translator observes, old women make small balls of food and place them on the palm of the cadres: a gesture most Tamils will recall and associate with their mothers p. Yet another old woman blesses them by placing holy ash on their foreheads.
The ancient and pernicious caste system was rejected by the Tigers.
Sadly and ironically, Malaravan sees a temple and recalls how different castes fought over the right to attend it. Now the temple has suffered the worst possible desecration: total destruction, by the government army. Women begin to rise up from centuries of traditional male domination p.