Wanted: Indiana Jones! Royal Navy advertises Monuments Men in real life to save old objects from destruction by terrorists
- The veterans of the Gulf War will get archaeologists and curators to reclaim the artifacts
- Comes in response to the destruction of sites by the Islamic State and plunder to fund terror
- Follows the footsteps of monuments people who have found art from the Nazis
- Maintains the Hague Convention of 1954 on the protection of cultural goods during conflicts
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Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick (photo) leads the 15-man unit that works to save artifacts
The army recruits art experts who are prepared to risk life & # 39; in & # 39; Indiana Jones-like adventures & # 39; for a secret unit that stores stolen treasures.
The Gulf War veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, will lead a 15-man unit to prevent terrorists from pillaging and destroying old artifacts.
The army chose the 54-year-old dealer to set up the new force.
He will lead archaeologists and curators from the army, the Royal Netherlands Navy and RAF in the fight against groups such as the Islamic State.
The terrorists destroyed historic sites such as the ancient palace of Nimrud, mosques in Mosul and Roman ruins in the Syrian city of Palmyra in recent years.
The secret band of Lt Col Purbrick is a revival of the famous Monuments Men who found brave art that had been plundered by the Nazis in the Second World War.
The unit inspired the hit movie from 2014 with the same name, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray.
In 1954, the United Kingdom ratified the Hague Convention on the protection of cultural property during military conflicts.
The unit follows in the footsteps of the World War Two Monuments Men, shown here in the Hollywood film starring George Clooney (center)
The Monuments Men immortalized by Clooney and his co-stars on film were given the task of recovering the spoils of Hitler's plunder
Several experts have been identified, but the army is now calling for the deployment of personnel with art knowledge to register.
By calling on reservists to volunteer for the unit, the Royal Navy said that only those who are willing to risk life and limbs & # 39; should apply.
Sailors and Royal Marines with a flair for Indiana Jones style adventure are needed to protect old treasures – or to restore them in a special Monuments Men-like unit, "he said.
The British Army is a 15-man team of reservists who are willing to risk life and limbs to some of & # 39; to defend the world's greatest cultural treasures.
The unit will be charged with detecting and protecting artefacts just like Indiana Jones (pictured, starring Harrison Ford)
& # 39; It wants reservists from the three departments who are curators, art specialists, archaeologists and researchers during the day to sign up for the new unit for the protection of cultural property.
Lt. Col Purbrick, who was deployed in Operation Desert Storm, said he wants the newly formed unit to disrupt terrorists who use patronized art to fund their attacks.
"Our employees could go for an exercise where they had operational planning or were at a border and checked vehicles for stolen artifacts," he said.
& # 39; There is a strong possibility that we will work with allies like the French, somewhere in Mali, where they try to prevent antiques from being smuggled out of the country.
Pillaging and selling antiques has been proven as a way to raise funds for terrorist groups. Part of our work is about preventing & # 39; threat financing & # 39;
& # 39; You have an opponent who takes cultural assets from the region in which you operate and then actually returns them to you in the form of bombs and bullets.
I am looking for experts in the fields of art, archeology and art crime, leaders in their field who can focus on operations down to the tactical level. & # 39;