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Monday, April 10, 2006

Digging, Digging, Digging


Picture the scene.

You've spent nearly 18 hours digging a trench to the required depth, width, length, etc.

You are tired, your hands are blistered and your back hurts.

Then the message comes:

"Sorry guys, the battle's moved on, enemy attacked 1st Bn The Blogshires instead, we've got to move location."
Now imagine this is the third time you have heard that in four days.

I didn't particularly enjoy that exercise in Poland.

10 Comments:

Blogger SL said...

You sound like a bunch of Irish navvies for God's sake!

6:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the trick is to stuff small children into your webbing instead of entrenching tools. little kids love to dig holes. one o' those properly controlled could have a whole system of trenches built in under an hour.

6:22 pm  
Blogger PI said...

But US is the trench in the photo the depth you normally dig? Where is the protection? Or are you kneeling in the trench?

7:03 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

SL - about right.

Anon - the only flaw in your plan I can see is "one o' those properly controlled".

PI - it's a work in progress. They are usually chest deep.

7:06 pm  
Anonymous David Duff said...

'Si', you're close! The trick is to be paired off with a bloke who *was* an Irish navvie which, happily, was the case when I first had to dig a trench on Salisbury Plain. 'Paddy' watched my pathetic efforts whilst he brewed up and then told me with utter contempt to do something physically impossible whilst he did the digging. I learnt two things about digging that day. Proper diggers never stop, and proper diggers always fill the spade. Never managed that, then, or since!

7:24 pm  
Anonymous Mr Angry said...

3 big holes in 4 days? Just how many bodies needed disposing of US?

9:45 am  
Blogger Sherbert said...

US, I have some footings that need digging, you could be just the man I need.

9:47 am  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Had fun once digging in around an airfiled that we had to "defend", took 3 days due to the rock like ground and extremly hard work.

Spent one night in then got told that the airfield had been double booked and the Engineers needed it, so we moved around to the otherside to dig in again, however it was soft as anything and the whole platoon was in within a couple of hours

11:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, no-one likes being ditched several times in a row...

1:20 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

David - unfortunately I never found one of them.

Mr Angry - erm less said about that the better......

Sherbert - I'd love to, I really would but ermmm.....

Eggbanjo - Engineers - never there when you want them - always there when you don't.

Anon - and the award for worst pun this week goes to....

5:40 pm  

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