James Blunt reveals role in the Balkans war

AltEnglish singer-songwriter James Blunt, a former army officer, has revealed how his actions may have helped prevent the Balkans war escalating into a much bigger conflict.

Speaking to John Pienaar on Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, the 36-year-old claimed that his refusal to obey orders to attack a 200-strong Russian side prevented the start of World War Three.

The former cavalry officer in the British Army said he was leading a Nato column under order to seize the Pristina airfield in Kosovo in 1999 when he was faced with the difficult situation.

"I was given the direct command to overpower ... 200 or so Russians. And the practical consequences of that political reason would be then aggression against the Russians," he explained.

"I was declining my order. I was very clear on that," stated the chart-topping musician, who said fortunately, British general Sir Mike Jackson came on the radio and overruled US general Wesley Clark's instructions.

Blunt is known for hits such as You're Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover.

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