This isn’t a book about super heroes who have gone through a torturous selection process to join the Paras, Royal Marines, or SAS. If you want to read that sort of story then go a little bit further along the bookshelf and pick up any one of the many books written by Ex Special Forces soldiers who have saved the world, all around the world. This is a simple story about three ordinary men and a woman who served within the Army Medical Services during the first and second Gulf Wars, four soldier’s who don’t believe they are heroes, they merely joined the British Army and unfortunately ended up going to war. Only one of them was Regular Army and the other three were serving in the Territorial Army when they were called up. None of them particularly wanted to go to war but they had been trained to do a job within the British Army organization and they did exactly that. Mind you, the Regular Army soldier didn’t exactly go without whinging and whining, but as anyone who has served within the Armed Forces knows, if you don’t complain, you obviously don’t understand the situation. This book also doesn’t contain details of Blood, Guts, and Glory; all that sort of bullshit is reserved for ‘Commando’ and ‘Battle’ comic books. I have written about what it is like for the Army Medical Services to live day to day in a modern desert war environment and some of the things they saw and felt. Some are funny, some bizarre, and others are very sad. I have also given an insight to how the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) and RADC (Royal Army Dental Corps) carry out their war roles, and the way soldiers on the ground sometimes ignore army directives and conduct things in a more sensible manner. This book contains a small profile on each of the soldiers concerned which is followed by their individual intersected ‘war stories’ that includes some mundane but interesting facts, and finally the book contains an epilogue on each of them, how they felt after the war and what they are doing now. As I have already stated, this isn’t a book about macho super heroes who have bayoneted and bludgeoned our Government’s enemies into submission, after all it’s easy to kill a man, teenagers, and drunken morons are doing exactly that on the streets of Britain most Saturday nights. But what’s involved in helping the sick and wounded after they have been injured in a war and who are the soldiers who have to carry out these mainly unsung duties? Well, these are four such soldiers, and what they experienced.
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Brian (Harry) Clacy served in the British Army for 18 years one hundred and eighty days and he has written about his experiences as a soldier in 'Harry was a Crap Hat' and 'Harry always was a Crap Hat'. He recently published his fourth book 'Rickshaws, Camels and Taxis' which contains stories about eleven soldiers who had served in the Royal Corps of Transport.
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