Be the first or lost it's always guaranteed to be the last. Irrespective of the spelling, whether there are 'r's, 'g's, or one 'a' or an abundance. It is seldom whispered and often vocalised with involuntary vigour. It is the inarticulate cry.
There are many ways of keeping it real. There are also men of many nations who strive to keep it real but none of them are worth a damn when compared to the British and their innate ability to discern between keeping it real or only alluding to a construct that has very little to do with anything whether real or not.
Majors all over the world will be nodding in agreement with that statement. They'll be saying, "see I've been saying it all along", or,"I told you so", and even "the truth is what it is". So if you know a Major who is more deserving than the little appreciation he or she gets then give them a hug and tell them "I know...I know..."
When the senior man resorts to such behaviour there is not much to do but stand agog. Trust is difficult enough to build, but it can all be thrown away in an instant by one person. Strange actions and outbursts do not the leader make.
Take any War Picture Library, Battle Picture Library or Commando comic and you will always find those famous last words “arrgghhhhh” or even “donner und blitzen”.
Cowards try to prove themselves or officers interfere by trying to run battles “by the book”. The enemy is treacherous. Mysterious locations hold significant secrets. Sometimes a simple gun is the focal point of a unique karmic destiny.
There are those who are lost or left behind enemy lines where they invariably make a discovery – a hidden base, a wonder weapon or a traitor. The host of intangible struggles are often more significant such as the dark secret, the family shame, the family curse or the stigma of not being like the other chaps.
Strangely enough for stories about war and battle the killed the dead and the dying are usually absent.
There's a lot to like (and make fun of) among the dramatic titles, fantastic artwork, impossible stories, daring heroes, nasty bad guys, body building and not quite diamond rings advertisements.