By Terry O'Farrell

This own account of Terry O'Farrell's profession as an SAS soldier vividly captures not just the army activities of his time in Vietnam, however the human elements of surviving the serious choice method and coaching to facing the ever present worry of strive against.

The horrors of lengthy demanding stretches on patrol within the jungle and being stuck unexpectedly through the enemy are acknowledged. additionally incorporated are colourful stories of reports off the battlefied—the larrakin pranks in the course of education and the friendships that shape among squaddies.

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Yeah, fortune had smiled on us. What a change from the previous bunch of clowns who had tried to destroy our lives at 1 RTB. Gathering the Section around him, Pete briefed us on the night activity. The basic plot was not dissimilar to the good old lantern 28 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 29 INFANTRY TRAINING stalk so popular on scouting camps and the like. We were instructed on how to improve our night vision, the lost soldier drill (make yourself comfortable and wait for dawn) and the rules of the stalk.

We would leave the barracks early in the morning and report to Ray for assignment to daily chores, returning late in the afternoon when not on Mess duties, filthy, covered in the day’s toil. Invariably Jock would be standing at the entrance to East Block still immaculate, smoking, ready to give us the benefit of his pent-up wisdom. And invariably we would pause and listen to his cant while desperately searching for a suitable escape route, for it made no difference to Jock if you edged off; he simply followed, until at last, bailed up in your room there was absolutely nowhere to go.

Showered, dressed, room in inspection order, I paraded outside with the remainder of the Platoon. 0430 hours! The portly figure of Warrant Officer Monjean appeared out of the early morning gloom accompanied by ‘the Monk’. The boys liked the Platoon Commander but treated the Monk with rightful suspicion. ‘Mons’ opened up with a general inquiry about our health which was followed by a short brief on the coming week. ‘Long hours, diligent discharge of responsibility, politeness …’ His words flooded over me as he rambled on; then it was the Monk’s turn.

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