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Recon Force Lightning Strike by Charles Ryan - October 2003 First Lieutenant John Red Parnell was the leader of Blue Team under the Command of Lieutenant Colonel James Dunmore Lt Parnells character is a strong leader type He handles most of his issues through memories of how it was before the war He started feeling nervous right before Operation Torch took place Parnell watched out the back of the lorry the countryside solid grass now hilly with scattered farmsteads and stone-marked fields containing stacks of peat bricks There were herds of shaggy blackfaced-sheep too their coats the color of oatmeal and cows and horses black as ink He studied the horses wondering if they had spirit He didnt think so They looked as fat and docile as the sheep They wouldnt make a goddamned pimple on a decent mustangs ass Still the country was pretty enough especially where the rose into foothill forest It reminded him some of the high meadows in the Pinos Altos Mountains of southeastern New Mexico Memories can get you through the toughest of times and Parnell took advantage of it Now on another mission Parnell again starts to feel the pre-battle jitters Captain Archie Carr Commanding officer of the Long Range Desert Group patrols T-1 and T-2 opened the big thermos and passed it to Parnell on his right Here you go gents he said Have a plow of this A welcome to the desert Red took a pull The liquor was thick and smelled of cloves and had a hot sting to it The New Zealanders called it Devils Brew and told them it was made of Woods rum from their daily ration lime juice a can of sugared fruit toothpaste powder and chips of acacia bark Parnell now befriending the LRDGers has other ways of being able to get through the war Once again on another mission Parnell had his teammates with him to get over the
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