I have just read a letter to the editor in today's (7 Sept 2009) Times. The letter is from Vice Admiral Sir Nicholas Hill -Norton an ex Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. It is about the amnesia of some retired generals but in it he makes the following statement; "recently there were more Navy than Army in Afghanistan". I am always suspicious of so-called "facts" bandied about but this seems to be good reason. I know that a fair proportion of the Royal Marines have recently been there, but I still find it hard to believe that they outnumbered the army.