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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sitting, Watching, Waiting

It was the autumn of 2002 and things were getting interesting.

It looked like we'd be going to war. It looked like this was going to be 'the war' of my army generation.

Whilst some British forces had gone to Afghanistan the year before things were quiet there now. There were still a few guys around who'd been out on Op Granby (the retaking of Kuwait) in 1991. There were a few guys who'd been shot at in Northern Ireland or caught in a crossfire in Bosnia but most of us were virgins. Untested in combat and never had someone try to kill them.

Most of us were looking forward to it. Most of us were excited.

Funny how quickly things can change.

9 Comments:

Blogger Clarissa said...

Jeez. Was it already the autumn of 2002? I remember clearly when it all popped in 2003. I was in the Netherlands on an entirely different type of assignment. Much cushier. I watched a lot of BBC and CNN (only English channels at the hotel), and it all made me sick when we were finally (finally) at war.

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Blogger ROGUE GUNNER said...

Good to see you back, Im one of the new boys on the Block or should that be Blog?

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Blogger The Boy said...

Very interested to here more of this story from the inside. Welcome back!

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Andy said...

I'm genuinley chuffed that you're back blogging US. Read your memoir straight through several times now. Keep up the good work pal. =)

10:44 pm  
Blogger sean said...

Yes right, maybe that's why most are 19 (there abouts) years of age.
When you get older you begin to read between the lines, and realise they fool you with honour, and duty, but the pay is really what you do it for- to rough ride over who steps out of their line; even you when and if it comes to it.
Quote: "He's five foot four, and he's six feet three ....... he's all of 21, and he's only 17teen, a soldier for a thousands of years."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How times have changed, now that you see how things have gone out there. I'm sure many of the guys that went out, now wish they were still that virgin.

2:09 pm  
Anonymous HPB said...

Welcome back. Good to see you blogging again US.

8:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY JUST A SHOUT OUT FROM A RETIRED CHICAGO COPPER WE WERE NEVER PROUDER THEN WE ARE NOW ARE AT HAVING THE BRITS AS OUR ALLIES YOUR THE BEST, AND YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR AND COMMON SENSE MAKES US ONE, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FRENCHIES AND THE OTHERS WE HERE IN THE STATES KNOWWHO OUR REAL FRIENDS ARE AND WE DONT FORGET OUR FRIENDS THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GUTS GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND SAFE HOME

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