Snakes & High Explosives

One Man's Opinion


Taken from my book, The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief I – Angola. The place, Rio Longa, the date, 1991/2

Another funny incident was at the battalion’s ammo dump. They kept a 40 ft container filled with all sorts of toys: grenades, mines, RPG rockets, Claymores and the like. The soldiers that guarded the container had a lean-to attached to the thing, and inside was a shebeen-come-harem. Most of the time the soldiers were smoked- or drugged-up. One fine morning we went to collect ammo for the day’s training. The ammo dump was off to one side of the training ground and about two kilometers from our camp. As we approached the dump we saw black smoke but did not think much about it as there were always fires burning round the FAA camp.

As we turned around the last bush and could see the container, we saw the…

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