We had literally just opened the door when we heard the the first explosion quickly followed by the second, they where the loudest bangs we had ever heard and we felt the blast wave hit us, we had no idea that they would be so loud or powerful,
Preamble: by the early '80s, most Canadian Forces courses were open to both sexes... males and females would be billeted in the same building, but in different wings. The anti-sexual harrasment message was just hitting the big time, (and rightly so), so all members of the Forces were being reminded every 10 minutes (or so it seemed) to keep our thoughts to ourselves and 'our weapon in our pants'. The "no contact, no tresspass, no fraternization"
BATUS Canada. We were on the very last MedMan of the 2002 season and it was absolutely Baltic.
Just before EndEx we got a message over the radio that the famous General Sir Michael David Jackson, GCB, DSO, DL is coming to visit the troops
Back in 2005 when I was a young Lance Corporal in C Company The Staffords, D Company where preparing to leave for a parade in Normandy, France, as their coach driver walked past C Company accommodation I thought it would be a good idea to take a few pot shots at him with my air rifle from the accommodation window.