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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jackanory Tell Me A Story

Apparently it's not the done thing to 'pretend' to be at war with real countries. It's ok to actually be at war with them but not to pretend.

For every exercise some poor soul has to create a 'scenario'. Maps are hastily recreated with made up place names - it's amazing how many times I've been at war with Ruritania. The more enterprising officers create a bit of history to flesh out the scenario - usually cribbed from some GCSE history text.

I can't remember who was involved in the exercise I'm describing. I do remember that it involved a country breaking apart, three different ethnic groups, a dose of ethnic cleansing and infringements of ceasefire agreements.

Ring any bells anyone?

The following year we were to deploy to Bosnia and someone wanted to start getting us ready early.


Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

My sister said to me recently, "These days, we don't know which country to pick to feel sorry for." They all have troubles.

8:12 pm  
Blogger Plark said...

Just checking in Universal.

I still do so love the arrse'pedia and your blog too.

Thoroughly good read.

Now I'm off to have some left over mincemeat and mayonaise sandwiches on very dry bread.
What my budget allows for at the mo'.

Mmm... Cheap arsed sarnies...

11:21 am  
Blogger Mr. Matt said...

Yes, I must admit that is ringing bells. It's just got me wondering which country will be ringing the bells next.

5:35 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

Is it bad luck to pretend war with specific countries? Or just bad manners?

11:41 pm  

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