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 approach 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 without warning by way of the enemy are stated. additionally incorporated are colourful stories of studies off the battlefied—the larrakin pranks in the course of education and the friendships that shape among squaddies.
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Then disaster struck as H barked out another command. ’ Looking back, you would suppose it was a simple enough manoeuvre. ‘To the right’ was our clue, and since we were advancing, we only had to execute a right turn on the march to finish as a formed body of troops, who having changed direction, were now moving to the right flank of the parade ground. Tas, having been inserted into the centre of the platoon to protect him from just this sort of event, promptly made a left turn, trampling over Pom who had done the right thing—but worse was to follow.
What a marvellous opportunity to repay the guard incident. I slipped up to the Orderly Room and submitted Ned’s name and a few others as volunteers for … well, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t have a clue what for. Satisfied with my handiwork, I returned to the lines to continue packing. Two days before departure for Brisbane I was summoned to the Orderly Room on a mysterious behest. Racking my brains I tried to imagine what had warranted this unscheduled appearance as I hurried up to the HQ and rather timidly poked my head inside.
In a flash he had scooped up the contents of the cutting board, thrown them into a pot and soon had the stew bubbling merrily atop the stove. Satisfied with his work, he turned to other pressing tasks. Dinner was served without incident and the cleanup was well underway when the wounded chef returned and inquired as to the whereabouts of his fingertip. A search was instigated, but everyone knew immediately what had 21 C18248 Behind Enemy txt SD 24/8/01 8:45 PM Page 22 BEHIND ENEMY LINES happened to the severed digit.