As I was clearing out a drawer today I came across a Spearhead Kit List (funny what you keep!!). Got me thinking about being on Spearhead in '94. Just wondering - did Spearhead get called out much? Where did Arssers end up? I'll start - Troop Commander comes running into offices like an exited child "Get the lads together, we're deploying!!' All the lads duly assemble to be told by troopie that there had been a hurricane in the Cayman Islands and we (the Royal Engineer troop on Spearhead) were deploying for disaster relief. Visions of rescuing rich bikini clad American women flashed across the mind, so kit was loaded into Billy Bedfords and off we trooped to South Cerney. While on the M1 heading South Mrs Hussain's little boy decides to flex his muscles and sneaks the whole Iraqi Army to the border with Kuwait. Upon arival at South Cerney (after a detour to the Meadowhall centre in Sheffield to buy swimming trunks - True!!) We arrive at South Cerney to be greeted with the news - you're not going to the Caymens - you're now off to Kuwait!! - More Bedfords arrive carrying weapons and NBC Kit (didn't think we'd need these in the Caribbean!) and then the well oiled machine of the military swings into action - not!! Days of on the wagon off the wagon, trench coats on trench coats off follow with half the troop flying to Cyprus while the other half sit in a hanger at south Cerney follow until, at last, we deploy on what was now called Op Driver. Upon arrival at Kuwait international a solitary 9x9 tent sporting a Union Flag sits on the apron with a spotty RCT mover handing out very warm bottles of water to the arriving troops who are all dressed in their European pattern combat kit sweating their Bollox off!! Just across the apron is the American reception centre with air conditioned units, fridges full of gator aid etc etc. We then deploy and are told the plan - straight out of Blackadder. The British Battlegroup (Spearhead Battalion was Royal Marines) had no armour so the plan was to dig in a defensive screen, hold off the 6 Iraqi Armoured Divisions for as long as possible, then retreat (literally up stick and run!)while the US Division counter attacked!! Must have taken some real military genius to come up with that one!! Anyway Saddam saw the light - laughed his co*k off and withdrew his troops and we eventually went home. Never did get to use those trunks!!