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Monday, March 13, 2006

"Shovel Recce Going Out"

There are very few trees on the BATUS training area.

In fact there are so few trees that even solitary trees are marked on maps.

With their names.

The trees have highly original names like 'Lone Tree'.

The lack of trees raises a problem. When you are in a totally barren environment with nothing but 17 Warrior vehicles and about a hundred blokes for company where do you go to do your business?

The answer is that you go quite a long way.

And you publicly announce it with the cry of "Shovel Recce Going Out."

I just pity the local dogs.


Blogger Theblonde said...

On a boat without a loo it's known as 'The bucket and chuck it' method.

I pitied the fish.

9:12 pm  
Anonymous Kath said...

Heh, 'Lone Tree.' That's great.

9:42 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Urgh. Next you'll be telling me there's no one to carry your matching luggage for you.

I'm starting to think that perhaps I would not have been cut out for the army after all.

10:57 pm  
Blogger SL said...

A pressing concern, that's for sure!

And assuming this is exactly do you hide 17 Warriors and 100 blokes from, well, the enemy?!

11:03 pm  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Oh the joys of an open air khazi - one time I was using such a 'facility' on exercise only later discovering I had got more than I bargained for, two big fat 'ticks' stuck to my arse. Charming.

11:44 pm  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


After my long absence, I have returned to writing and hope you will read and comment.


12:54 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

The Blonde - classy.

Kath - it's all true I swear.

Katy - unfortunately the era of the batman is over.

SL - may i refer you here

Haggis - nasty little buggers aren't they.

Pipe - will do.

7:32 am  
Blogger SL said...

Ah, I see. Which is all well and good (and impressive, I might add) but it begs another "Do the enemy not notice the sudden appearance of several large bushes in a formerly barren landscape?"

I'm not up on this modern warfare malarky am I!

9:38 am  
Blogger Growing Up said...

I couldn't do that and telling everybody what your going to do aswell. Mad.

12:45 pm  
Blogger greavsie said...

How do you read the newspaper?

1:53 pm  
Blogger PI said...

I would think people would develop chronic constipation. From an enviromental point of view I suppose the business is organic but what about the bog roll, or do you dig very deep?

4:13 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

Is a large area without a single tree not called a "bog"? ;-)

7:01 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

SL - quite probably.

GU - I know you couldn't!

Greavsie - you prop it up with a stick.

PI - the rations tend to bring on the constipation anyway.

Stu - *cymbal crash*

7:13 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Our local dawgs, men, I mean have no shame. Tree or no tree they pee in public.

7:47 pm  

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