'Our mission,' said the CO, 'will be a tricky one.'
He looked over the podium at the eager faces in front of him. He knew just how brave they all were, what they had all come through together, just how much a challenge this new mission would be.
They were tired, exhausted some of them, on their last legs. But theirs was not to reason why. They had a job to do and by God they were going to do it.
'Now you'll all know,' he continued, 'just how erratic local forces can be. This latest incident shows what untrustworthy, unreliable, but worse how downright unprofessional blighters they've been.
'There's nothing we can do about that - we just have to do the best we can. I know I don't need to remind you what the British Army stands for, what we represent. But I want you to bring this home to the men with particular emphasis on this operation. We don't want any cock-ups.'
He looked down at his briefing notes. What a God-awful situation they were in!
'Now the terrain of this mission is extremely tricky. I don't need to remind you of what we're up against - you all saw for yourselves the terrible scenes around here when civilian forces were heavily outnumbered.
'We can expect more of the same, so have your men on high alert. You'll be aware that we have missiles situated in strategic locations, a 30 mile no fly zone, and will be delpoying heavily.
'But we face, as I say, a very tricky challenge. We will all need to come through this with heads held high.
'Finally - we've all come through a lot together. Baghdad, Helmand, not too mention the Yanks.
'But I think we face our stiffest challenge yet. Men - London 2012 may just be a bridge too far. All I can say is good luck and I hope God brings you all home safely.'
Posted by Hayley Davies, 27 July 2012
Last modified by Dave Lupton, 28 July 2012