Rickshaws, Camels and Taxis: (Rogues, Ruffians and Officers of the Royal Corps of Transport) by MR Brian (Harry) Clacy (Paperback / softback, 2014)
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- DescriptionMost books written about the British Army contain stories about the Infantry, Royal Artillery, Army Air Corps and/or its Armoured Regiments. They generally tell stories of how brave the protagonists within each Regiment were and how their actions usually changed the course of each battle or firefight. Great reading for most schoolboys and aspiring 2nd Lieutenants and of course these stories are deservingly told in vast volumes of books. But stories of who actually supported these Regiments and got them to the right place with the right equipment is rarely told, probably because stories of the supporting Corps and their soldiers are deemed to be too routine and dull for anyone to read. But If it wasn't for these so called REMF's (Rear Echelon Mother F*****'s) then Britain's fighting forces would be about as much use as a Regiment of traffic wardens. They might look good in uniform but when it comes to defeating the enemy they can't do it without vast amounts of fuel, ammunition, rations, communications, medical support etc. Books written by Corps Officers don't help in portraying the 'Rear Echelon Troops' with a more exciting vision either, they're usually written with quotes like, 'If the strategic role of the blah blah blah was militarily blah blah blah and 17 Corps was in the vanguard blah blah bleeding blah. The small amount of reading materiel written by Corps officers rarely tells the stories of the soldiers serving under them, but they will tell you about when this Corps or that Division did something or other quite tedious and impersonal. 'Rickshaws, Camels and Taxis' (Rogues, Ruffians and Officers of the Royal Corps of Transport) will hopefully go some-way towards disproving the myth that its soldiers and officers are uninteresting and t teworthy. The interviewees in this book have great stories to tell about how they dominated army boxing in the 1970's, how some of them coped with prison sentences at the Military Correction Training Centre (MCTC) in Colchester, about being ambushed whilst on a Combat Logistics patrol in Iraq and what happened when one of the Corps' Staff Sergeants had a loaded pistol shoved in his face in Belfast. The contents of this book doesn't tell the reader about Britain's amazing fighting Regiments who have defeated an enemy force to protect our green and pleasant land, it quite simply tells the story of some amazing, and sometimes fighting, soldiers of the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). All soldiers from every Corps and Regiment of the British Army have foible's and that includes these eleven, but these men would definitely be the sort of soldier you'd want standing at your shoulder 'when it all kicked off'. Harry Clacy
- Author BiographyBrian (Harry) Clacy spent 18 years 180 days in the British Army before joining the Ministry of Defence for 20 years. Out of sheer boredom in the Civil Service he started writing his first book 'Harry was a Crap Hat'. Harry followed up this first book by writing 'Two Medics, One Nurse and a Gob Doctor', 'Harry always was a Crap Hat' and 'Rickshaws, Camels and Taxis'. Harry is now retired and lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire and looking forward to writing his next book.
- Author(s)MR Brian (Harry) Clacy
- Date of Publication25/08/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight268 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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