I guess I'm biased because I served 2 years from 1971-73 as a section leader in Delta Troop Support Unit, aka The Black Boots, when the bush war was just sporadic and spluttering along. By the time the author joined, it was full on. I can relate to several of the patrol areas in the book and also knew or came across quite a few of the personnel mentioned. Like the author, I also had scant regard for some of the senior, non Operational personnel in Support Unit although the good officers did outnumber those who were less so. We, the junior ranking NCO's, were volunteers from the regular police. The senior ranks, however, were drafted in from the regular police, which might go some way to explaining the occasional 'differences'. For us, R&R's back in town were also a bit of a haze and one long party. Unlike the author, my combat experience was virtually nil. O.P.'s , Stop Groups, the odd follow up - all lemons. That's why I enjoyed the book so much. It relates the real war that escaped me, warts and all and using terminology and situations that I can understand. I can't recommend the book enough - either for former members, anorak war game re-enactors or those who just like to live their lives vicariously It's a no bull-sh*t book. Too many former 'Black Boots' are still around, including many who served with or alongside the author, for any liberties or journalistic licence to have been taken.