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Posted:10/4/2019 9:54:49 AM
When PW Botha AKA The Big Crocodile enlisted young foreigners in South Africa’s armed forces he was expecting the heroic descendants of Vasco Da Gama, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Rommel.
Instead, he got Sapper Soutpiel an asthmatic, short-sighted, brandy-swilling punk rocker who thought Apartheid was a bit silly.
Follow Soutie as he learns how to steal socks, forge signatures, dropkick helmets and bite his bed linen.
Can his testicles survive the freezing Free State, will he ever get a stripe and will The Big Crocodile let him stay at his holiday home for the night.
Welcome to the crazy world of Sergeant Snor, Corporal Baby Face, Major Rabid, Suggsy, Sneezer, Slab, Baobab and a former Miss World.
Moenie vir my loer nie troep. Buy the blerrie book. Links, regs, links, regs.
Not recommended for angry PF’s with a heart condition.


Muizenberg, Cape Town. October, 2017
After moving into a smaller flat, with limited cupboard space, I was confronted with the need to throw out some of my gear. Top of the list was my army balsak and kit which I’d been dragging around for thirty years. I opened it up and pulled out my old boots and uniform, the smell and dust of the Free State hit me hard and my army memories came flooding back. I still have the occasional nightmare in which I find myself doing basic army training again and searching frantically for my missing beret. I couldn’t throw them out but maybe writing about those surreal army days will be therapeutic? Maybe getting it all down on paper will finally allow me to throw my balsak out and sleep like a baby?
But if not, I’m still in the market for a secondhand Engineers Corp beret.
Oh and before I let you get on with the book it’s been thirty years since I klaared out. In that time I’ve consumed over a thousand bottles of Klippies brandy, a swimming pool of beer, a large Jojo tank of wine and some dodgy stuff I found in a glass display container in a Shanghai nightclub used to preserve a dead snake, so there might be some lapses in memory.
Hou my vas Korporal.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/soutieandthebigcrocodile/




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