Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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“Now that’s more like it Ron,’

“One more big one to do mate; the thirty miler and we are home free. Do you understand Ron?’

“Yes Sir.’

Good lad now tomorrow we will lead from the front; let the others see how tough we Geordies are.’

Right Sir I will do it.’

Roger lay awake after he wrote in his journal. Tomorrow was make or break for many on the course. Some from other units were retaking it. Both Roger and Ronnie spoke with the fifteen recruits.

“Now you lads this is it; this is the last test that you will ever do here. I know some of you have already attempted this before and failed. I tell you all that failure is not an option do you hear me?’

“Yes sir.’ They all voiced.’

“I am just like you lot but I promise you this if you follow Ronnie and I we won’t let you down and we will all finish this together.’

“What say you lads are you up for it?

“Yes Sir.’

“Good; now get those packs on your backs and lets do this.’

The lads were inspired by Roger’s comments and when Staff Sergeant Blaine came out he knew that he had officer material in both Roger and Ronnie.

They set off on the last leg of their long journey across Dartmoor they followed the route that Roger had made and after ten miles Roger urged them all to drink from their flask. They drank on the hoof and the pace never slackened as they went over the hills of Dartmoor. Both Ronnie and Roger looked back and every one was still with them. “Good lads, keep with me now we are half way there. We are going to do this. “Think of all those weeks when you have been through hell and back well this can all end this day and you will wear the “Green Lid.” Fifty men started on this course in my group and only eight of you remain the rest of you came from other troops but you are all going to finish this today. “We will become like brothers who would follow each other to hell and back again rather than give up. This is what makes us                Royal Marines.’ The lads marched on they had to complete the thirty miles in eight hours and they were now ahead of schedule. The last five miles would be the toughest and Ronnie urged the squad on again and asked them all to drink more water.

The sweat ran down there faces and they were tired but they kept going until finally they crossed the bridge that signalled the end.

Captain George Henderson was waiting for them at the end of the yomp and he waited until the fourteen recruits had all got their breath back before presenting them all with the coveted Green Beret and shaking their hands.

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