Cross Channel

Soldiers out of place

May 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Cross Channel

Blackened-faced, combat dressed men standing at the Rectory gates asking questions in flat Estuary English voices; their questions pointless because any answer would satisfy them. Pairs of dark green armoured Land Rovers flying down the road, boys dressed as soldiers staring from the open back door. Windows shaking in their frames as a huge land mine four miles distant blows local men into unidentifiable pieces. The dull, stomach churning thud of helicopters rotors as foot patrols were disgorged into the paddock. Being stopped at the end of my own drive by a …