More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 44

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

THE British army made itself as comfortable as possible in the grounds of the school at Vitez.

All the national elements in the UN force had their own acronyms.

The Dutch were known as CLOGBAT and BRITBAT soon became known as MUDBAT, as the squaddies settled into what seemed to be a permanent sea of mud as playing fields disappeared under the rain and snow of Bosnia.

Soldiers are quite good at making the best of things. “Any bugger can be uncomfortable,” is an oft-expressed piece of army wisdom.

The secret is how to make yourself comfortable.