- The British public were (and remain) largely unaware of the ferocity of the fighting in Al Amarah, as there was very little media coverage for some considerable time;
- The personnel of the 1PWRR battle group routinely demonstrated feats of extraordinary physical and moral courage (Pte Johnson Beharry won his VC in Al Amarah);
- The role of an armoured infantry unit is more fascinating than I anticipated;
- Life aboard the Britsh 'Warrior' IFVs seems intense and the cameraderie simply awe-inspiring;
- The rules, role, reliability and weaknesses of an IG Chimera make it a wonderfully comparable beast to the Warrior;
- I've been mis-naming my mounted infantry detachment (1st battalion, Cadian 24th) as 'mechanised' where 'armoured' is more appropriate. Henceforth they shall be redesignated '1/24th Cadian Armoured Infantry'.
Pte Johnson Beharry with his Victoria Cross
I've also decided to use an extract from the book in class with my Year 9s next week!
So there you are. It's not to everyone's taste, but I found it highly engaging, and although I'm not prone to posting things like reviews, I was so moved by some of the accounts I thought I'd share.
Thanks for reading.
By the way, my converted Salamander-proxy IFV is now completely finished (hooray!) but I've not been home in the daylight all week, so I can't photograph it (boo!). Pics soon.