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A little too much fiction!
on 25 April 2012
Having gone through the exact same training and then joining an Air Defence Regiment in Dortmund in the 80's I found the first few chapters to be more a work of fiction rather than fact. The stories of Drunken debauchery every single night and violent Germans just doesn't hold true. Yes there were times when we would go out and get razzled but to say we got off our faces everynight on all nighters and then managed to do a days work afterwards is a joke and an insult to most soldiers who served in BAOR, and trouble between us and the local population weas exremely rare.
I can't really comment on the chapters concerning his experiences in the Falklands as I never served there but his account of the Rapier equipment is certainly spot on. Rapier at the time was very delicate and very tempremental and its short commings were well documented.
On the whole this book is an enjoyable read, but I feel let down that the author chose to "over egg" some aspects of the story.