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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“Heavy isn’t it?’

“Yes Sergeant.’

“Well Fox you have to carry that lot thirty miles across the stinking bog that is Dartmoor In darkness as well. Get used to going out with this on your back where ever you go. Get used to running with it and even carrying your friend Harris on top of that pack you’re wearing.

Get yourself to the Lake District and practice climbing? Go swimming, and learn to hold your breath for over two minutes underwater then learn to tread water holding a ten pound weight because that is the weight of an assault rifle. When you can do that then there is the Tarzan assault course.

“How do you know all this sergeant?’

“Because I got right to the end of the thirty two weeks and failed to get in.’

“I got into the regular army and now I do this voluntary.’

“How many years did you put in sergeant?’

“Twenty five and I’ve seen action, seen men, who I called my friends killed.’

“Now take these packs away with you and get used to them. I will make enquiries about the assault course at Catterick. Get fit and I mean super fit because this will be no picnic Fox I promise you.’

Roger picked up both packs then walked towards his friend then told him to put it on.’

“What’s this for?

“Roger explained about sergeant Connolly and what they would have to do.’

They came outside and Ronnie was walking towards the bus stop. No bus matey we run with these on our backs from now on. When we go to work we run and when we are finished working, we run. From what the sergeant has told me we aren’t even scraping the surface. I suggest that we go back home and have our dinner then read those books. I will make us a progress chart and we must stick to it understand. Yes Sir said Ronnie sarcastically. “Don’t piss about Ronnie I’m serious.

“Alright lighten up will you.’

Tomorrow morning at six a.m. be ready we run to St Mary’s light house and back it’s just over ten miles wearing that pack and full dress. Make sure you have a good supply of water because you will dehydrate otherwise.’

Now come on lets run. They began a steady trot Sergeant Connolly sat in his car and followed the lads all the way back. They never stopped once.’

Turning away Martin Connolly knew that these lads were deadly serious about joining the toughest regime in the world.

The sweat was pouring down both lads backs as they took off the packs and set them down in the passage.

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