The Shadows Of War

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Angled shadows lurk everywhere.



War can cast many different shadows, and the angle of the shadow will be dependent on who is looking at it.

For example, if you’re a General commanding that war from the War HQ back at home and close to Government, then you’ll see one shadow.

If you’re a young soldier, a “Tom” with no rank, deployed on the ground fighting within an inch of your life, then you’ll see quite another.

Then there’s all who are taking part in between.

The Air Force, fighting the war from the skies, the Navy fighting from the sea, the different elements and support networks keeping the war effort moving forward…all looking from a different angle at the shadows of war.

And of course the enemy, their angles all different too.

What of the people caught in the middle, yet more shadows cast, as they stare at it from their angle.

I write this having been a part of many conflicts over a 40 year span, from the Northern Hemisphere to the South, and from conflicts in the Middle East through to South East Asia and beyond.

A secret war back in the early 70s which everyone now knows about, to conflicts that even today I won’t mention.

But way back then, the only shadows that I ever saw…were my own!

If I sit and spend time going through each war, either back when I was a soldier, or in my new chapter as an observer of war while escorting journalists as a security advisor, I can recollect each shadow, changing at different times through the events, and their differing angles…clarity…I see it now.

So, when there’s a fight to be had in the future, wouldn’t it be beneficial to everyone taking part, if they had just a small understanding of the shadows of war.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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