Falklands War.. that is what got me interested in the Army... After the Falklands war I was hell bent on joining & I did in 1987 to 2010..As for collecting & stuff I was on Exmoor in the 80s with my mates laden down with a tonne of kit we didn't need, digging holes & getting wet. We went camping Army style..great days..We did some mental stuff like walk 25 miles with all kit on.. all through the dark tired & muddy..How we did it at 15 years old is beyond me?..Cheers Terry.
My grand-dad was a serjeant-tank commander in the Grenadier Guards in WWII and a post war reservist so I was used to him "vanishing" for 2 or 3 weeks at a time for training and courses etc.
Also, when I was growing up, (early 1960's), there was still loads of signs of the war in my home town, ruins, air-raid shelters etc.
The war and warfare, soldiering etc was never hidden from me or my brother, consequently, I ended up doing 8 years in the TA and my brother 16 years Regular army and 2 years TA.
I have also always had an avid interest in just about all things historical, especially military/armed forces related, regardless of era, but with a particular leaning towards WWI and II and also the Roman and Viking era's.
My grand-dad also got me into model making. He bought me my first model kit, an Airfix Churchill tank in OO/HO scale, I swear blind the only reason he got me it was because he was a serjeant/tank commander on one! LOL
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W. F. Yeames - English Civil war - in reply to Ned's Painting.
My bad - didn't read it properly.
For me it was just being born into a military family and hearing all the stories that I've heard through the years. Now I can't wait till next year for when high school is over so that I can enlist!
Anybody else remember this:
I remember being read it at primary school.
"…knowing him, and something of his deeds, it was impossible not to believe in greatness. In that square figure was housed a spirit of grandeur, and with his massive heroism went gentleness and modesty, even humility. He had no need to proclaim his virtue, for history would be his spokesman."
Eric Linklater on Wavell.