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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They returned to their seats then waited for the train to pull in at Devon where they would be met by lorry to take them all to Chivenor Barracks.

The train came to a halt and the soldiers moved swiftly to get their packs and disembark. Roger was met by Staff Sergeant Dirk McWilliams.

“Welcome back Sergeant.’

“Thank you Staff; the men are ready sir.’

There are two trucks outside waiting to escort you all to the barracks Sergeant.’

“Would you lead on then Staff.’

The men stood at attention until they were told to move on. They picked up their kit and they moved rapidly out of the station then onto the two trucks.

During the twenty minute journey to the barracks the lads talked quietly amongst themselves the Devon countryside was breath taking as the lorry made its way to the secluded place away from the general population. There was an aircraft base nearby and Roger and Ronnie noted the large Hercules waiting on the tarmac. They all got out once the trucks had stopped and they lined up and waited instruction.

Major James Bounty drove up in an army jeep and told them that they would all be flying off to Al Asad where they would join other forces from France, Poland, and Austria, as part of a peace keeping force. The United States of America were heading operations out there under General Norman Schwarzskopf.

“I know that some of you have had a long journey here and this one will take us twelve hours to reach; so I suggest once on board we get our heads down and get some sleep.’

More men were making their way across the tarmac to board the Hercules there were over two hundred men going today with further fights planned over the next few days.

Britain was sending 50,000 troops under Peter de la Billiere and John Chapple were to join forces with Khalid bin Sultan the Saudi commander.

Roger and Ronnie joined the others on board after they were all issued with assault rifles and spare ammunition.

When the Hercules landed some twelve hours and fifteen minutes later there was a three hour time difference which meant it was four a.m. in Saudi Arabia. The temperature was in the high seventies like our summer at night but it had been known to drop below freezing depending on the time of year. They found there billets and were told to store their kit away then they went to the canteen where a meal had been prepared for them all. Everyone ate together here regardless of rank. There would be a briefing at 600 hours so after they had all eaten Roger headed for the showers. Everyone took their rifles with them in case the base was attacked.

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