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By Ray Wiss

In 2007-–08, Dr. Ray Wiss, a former infantry officer, served with the Canadian Forces at ahead working bases in Khandahar's Panjwayi valley, the world experiencing the main severe strive against in Afghanistan. He spent extra time within the wrestle sector than the other Canadian medical professional, and his winning first e-book, FOB Doc, used to be the diary of his time “outside the wire” in the course of that journey of duty.

Captain Wiss' event in Afghanistan confident him that this clash was once a unprecedented instance of an ethical struggle. whilst requested to come back for a good longer travel of responsibility within the strive against quarter, he without problems agreed. once more, he saved a diary, writing with ardour concerning the efforts, sacrifices and achievements of these Canadians who served with such contrast. Illustrated with over a hundred color images, A Line within the Sand tells us approximately almost all types of soldier combating in Afghanistan: the bomb technician, the engineer, the wrestle medic, the “grunt” in addition to concerning the Afghans, from whom we're possible so various but with whom we percentage lots. it's an impassioned insider’s view of the struggle in Afghanistan and a powerful testomony to why it matters.

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Halfhyde to the Narrows | 41 • • • At first light on the Tuesday morning the TBD flotilla lay with steam for immediate notice and the ships’ companies roused out to fall in for leaving harbour. From the leader Captain Watkiss hoisted his sailing signal and requested permission to proceed; and the moment permission came from the Queen’s harbourmaster, the order went out to all ships to weigh anchor. On the bridge of the Vendetta St Vincent Halfhyde felt a thrill, which he did his best to conceal from his officers, as he watched the links of his shortened-in cable come home along the fo’c’sle to leave the anchor at the waterline, ready for letting go if required whilst in the harbour’s constriction.

Your boat, Mr Halfhyde. ” Halfhyde gave a small, ironic bow. ” Watkiss snapped. “I have to confess the dagoes were unmoved. I then pointed out that Her Majesty would resent very strongly any slight to one of her post captains, would resent it very strongly indeed. I pointed out that the British lion had strong claws when its tail was . . ” “Indeed, sir. ” Halfhyde to the Narrows | 63 Watkiss snapped, “No damn result! ” Captain Watkiss smote his desk peremptorily, his red face dripping with sweat.

You speak Russian. No other officer in my flotilla does. You have personal knowledge of this Gorsinski—again, no-one else has. You will know how his mind works, what he is likely to do in face of the entry of my flotilla into his area of command . . ” “With respect, I do not—” “Hold your tongue. ” Captain Watkiss waved a dismissive hand, exhibiting his colourful tattoo. • • • 38 | Philip McCutchan Watkiss remained in his cabin, disdaining to see a junior captain over the side. As Halfhyde waited for the recall of his galley, which was lying off some few cables’-lengths away from the leader, he pondered on something he had seen when he had come aboard: all the visible starboard-side ladders in the ship— quarterdeck to superstructure, superstructure to compass platform as well as that leading up from the cabin flat—bore painted notices, red lettering on white backgrounds: CAPTAIN ONLY.

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