The Army is much more than a job. It is a way of life, oftenboring and frustrating, frequently difficult and dangerous, but by far greatfun with energetic, well-motivated people and lifelong friendships.
Down Among the Weeds is one such story, detailingHarry Beaves' journey, from joining the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in1966 to the consequences of retiring from Army life and the hardships he had toconquer. With humour, the author recalls how dull garrison life couldbe, and how he and his contemporaries channelled their energies into escapadeswhich often crossed the blurred line between mischief and trouble.
Thenarrative flips dramatically from light to dark when his regiment was deployedto Northern Ireland at a time when IRA activity is generally reckoned to havebeen at its most intense.
Dangerous and exciting, but rewarding, it changedHarry's life, and his subsequent postings were most often with Commando Forcesor in Adventurous Training. Harry left the Army in 2000. Without the invisible supportnetwork of military life, the effects of his experiences in Belfast in 1972came crashing to the fore and brought on post-traumatic stress.
Down Among the Weeds recounts with candour the horrorof anxiety and depression, of PTSD, and the struggles to overcome them.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing
- Publication Date: 16/08/2018
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781788037532