I had occasion to climb into my loft today in search of something totally unrelated to this subject. I found some boxes - unopened since leaving Northern Ireland some years ago. I had saved copies of some of the earliest general "sitreps" issued by the Security Forces in Northern Ireland - and completely forgotten about them! Most are Army, some are Police and a few are "others". The earliest newsheet is simply entitled "Weekly Report" and is either of one A4 page printed both sides, or A3 folded and with some cartoons (and a few pictures of "girls"). These begin in late 1972 and are, in many cases, (particularly with the cartoons), gloriously politically incorrect. There are names of Army (incl UDR) and police personnel who have been injured, with little consideration to Persec. This version seems to have evolved into "Visor". I have many of those Some narratives are sad, others are funny (it is obvious the Editor was maintaining an upbeat line), and there are references to many units and their achievements. One story tells of an attempt at civil disturbance by the ladies of Armagh. They hijacked a cattle trailer and freed the animals it carried, thereby having RUC and Army running around all night like demented cowboys! The early "Soldier" magazines are more sober and quite formal. The "Defence" (UDR), and "Checkpoint" magazines, which are mainly in standard tabloid format, have in those early years a naivety which disappears in the later years. There are also some copies of "The Green Hackle" among them. I am currently reading through these, and reliving those years, sad and happy by turns, happy that I was privileged to number so many great people as my friends, sad that so many are no longer with us.