British Army on the Rampage (B.A.O.R.) by Sean Connolly
It's the autobiographical novels that tell it how it was - warts and all. This is what the British Army really got up to in Belize! British Army on the Rampage is a down-to-earth, witty account of a humble British soldier on his tour of duty in the Carribean country of Belize in 1982. It is the first military account of this operational tour, detailing how the task was carried out by an individual and a `team of lunatics', under difficult and sometimes stressful conditions. It takes more than training, education, teamwork and leadership to make it through a squaddie's working day. B.A.O.R. proves that sometimes, it is only with sheer determination, camaraderie and a sense of belonging to the `military family' that pulls soldiers through the difficult times they often face. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes, including the accidental destruction of the warden's new hut with a grenade launcher, the export of frozen tarantulas, windsurfing with bull-sharks, biting the heads off chickens, insulting the memory of Bob Marley, causing a riot, breaking a toe on a frog and the near-death experience of a dislocated finger... Along with the author's account of this operation, B.A.O.R. also includes an analysis of the balance between patriotism, professionalism and sheer lunacy. Humorous and honest, it will appeal to serving, ex-services and veteran armed forces personnel, and those who enjoy military history and are interested in the British Army.