321 EOD Book - A Special Kind of Courage

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  1. The new book about 321 EOD is being serialised in the "Belfast Sunday Life" newspaper

    'A Special Kind of Courage' is written by Chris Ryder who also wrote about the R.U.C. and U.D.R. and is about 321 EOD Company RAOC (later 321 EOD Squadron RLC)


    and at http://raoconline.tk/ if the above link is down.

    Plus the following editorial:


    Book is not yet published, but can be ordered in advance from:

    Hardcover 352 pages (Due May 5, 2005)
    Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
    ISBN: 0413772764
  2. Mike,

    Thank you for that, I do intend to order a copy. The GC for 321? That really would be something! :D 8)
  3. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Cheers Mike.
  4. I'm in it!! 8) (on the acknowledgements page :oops: )

  5. Geeeeek! :!: :D :cry:

    Can I have your autograph you Bomb God? Written with a used match stick if biros & fountain pens are too large and unwieldy :wink:
  6. Am I in it?
  7. I don't know. I got to my mention and didn't need to read any further. (and I was too small to turn the pages)
  8. So your on the cover then?
  9. If you are in it I must be Rowley, I am considerably taller than you!

    Seriously though is it a decent read?
  10. I read the first five chapters when they were in draft form. They may have changed considerably since then, but yes it did seem to be a good read.
  11. Before these extracts I had only seen the synopsis (outline) and felt it was going in the right direction. RAOC EOD in Northern Ireland is covered by a number of Memoirs, 'Bombs have no pity' by George Styles and 'Fetch Felix' by Derrick Patrick' among them. These books are of course now out of print, and a 321 as a Unit Story linking the RAOC & RLC spanning the past 30 years is long overdue.

    One book that is still available is 'A Mother of all Battles' by Terry Walker. Terry was a RAOC Driver not an AT but he touchs on his time with 321. Terry suffers badly from Gulf War Syndrome, and this book continues to his service in GW1 to his less than helpfull discharge. A seach on Google or Amazon should find it.
  12. Lt Col (Retd) George Styles GC RAOC - An incredibly interesting chap! I met him last year in Holywood for a memorial service and a chat about Mk 8B, disruptors & X-Ray kit and all "this fabulous new technology" 8O ! Awesome guy. 8)

    There was also a little chap there, who had given up his afternoon of mentoring Jedi's, to turn up for a photo shoot with GS GC. Sir Rowley, You've probably still got the picture on your office wall! :D
  13. Thanks for gthe info Mike-2817 - Must put my copies of "Bombs have no Pity" and "Fetch Felix" on E-bay. "Bombs have no pity" is a signed copy too!
  14. Is there any mention of bleeps in it?
    I know we're not very trendy and tend to be kept under the stairs like Michael Jacksons magazine collection, and only allowed out when needed (tea etc.), but we also make up around a 3rd of the squadrons manpower (not counting the escorts).
    Still looks like a decent read.
  15. I hope not :lol:

    Don't want to spoil it do they!