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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Top Cover

After the Lisburn bombing and the end of the ceasefire we resumed limited patrolling on the streets of Northern Ireland. One of our main jobs was escorting the civilian police around in our armoured Landrovers. The basic idea was this - there is a danger that someone might try to shoot at us or blow us up - if there is a gun pointed in their general direction they might think otherwise. The solution - the top cover sentry. The armoured landrover had a hatch in its roof - a kind of sun roof with a purpose. Two lucky souls would stand up inside the landrover and lean out of the sun roof pointing their weapons in a menacing manner. The downfall, it always rains in Northern Ireland, well maybe not always - just 90% of the time. Top cover sentry usually involved getting very cold, very wet. If the weather was good then the insects would be out - and you'd end up looking like the front windscreen of a car - swallowing a fly at 50 mph isn't much fun I can assure you. Whatever the weather though I prefered being stood up and seeing what was going on rather than sat cocooned in the back of the vehicle waiting for something to happen.


Anonymous Brother in Arms said...

It actually rains 284 days of the year in Northern Ireland, this was one of the few facts i learnt from a recent powerpoint presentation. Always enjoy reading your blog, and of course that of Mrs soldier. Keep up the good work.

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Blogger Monica said...

At least you are getting your protein.

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Anonymous scarlette said...

Hello stranger,
Did you and the family have a good holiday? Have to catch up soon tell me all about it.

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Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Same rainfall as here then!

There is actually only about 20 hours of sunshine a year. Although you wouldn't know it given the number of 'David Dickinson' tans that some Town Hall hot-shots are sporting!

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