Blunt, who has sold 11m albums thanks to a song about a beautiful woman on the underground, made the claim in an interview about his military career. He said that while serving with Nato troops in Kosovo he was given “the direct command to overpower … 200 or so Russians”.
Blunt was at the head of a column that had been ordered to seize Pristina airfield. “I was the lead officer with [a] troop of men behind [me],” he told Radio 5 Live, “[It was a] mad situation … we had 200 Russians lined up pointing their weapons at us aggressively. The direct command [that] came in from [American] general Wesley Clark was to overpower them. Various words were used that seemed unusual to us. Words such as ‘destroy’ came down the radio.”
Thankfully, Blunt wasn’t willing to risk major conflict with Russia. “There are things that you do along the way that you know are right, and those that you absolutely feel are wrong,” he said.
He sayid that British general Sir Mike Jackson later sent an admonishing message. “I’m not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War Three”. Asked if he thought the original US order could have really started World War III, Blunt replied: “Absolutely.”