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Saturday, May 5, 2007

I'm Harry T-Shirts

British Soldiers are heading for Iraq wearing T-shirts saying "I'm Harry" in a show of defiance at rebels intent on harming the prince.

The move, which echoes a legendary scene of solidarity in movie Spartacus, comes days before the royal is deployed to the frontline.

Militants have pledged to kill Prince Harry but fellow troops are putting on a humorous display of camaraderie about the threat. Their khaki tops feature a telescopic sight target on the chest and "I'm Harry" scrawled in bloodred dye.

A senior military source said: "Soldiers are well known for having operational tour T-shirts and also for pulling together to support each other. Prince Harry is highly respected by his comrades as a young officer and for what he is doing in the Armed Forces.

"I wouldn't be surprised if all his troops haven't bought them to demonstrate their support for him as their leader and also to help donate some money to the Army Benevolent Fund."

The £19.95 shirt is being sold on eBay and advertised under a rallying call of "I'mSpartacus, I'm Harry, We're all Harry now. Confuse the enemy, wear the T-shirt". It is meant to copy a scene in the classic 1960 film Spartacus when Kirk Douglas's character is protected from Romans hunting him down after a battle. The eBay seller believes if British soldiers in Iraq are wearing the T-shirts it will confuse the terrorists and they will not know who to assassinate.
He says a percentage of all purchases will go to the British Army Benevolent Fund - although he does not say how much.

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