A DHOFAR VETERAN a poem by Bob Shepherd

Hedgehog defensive position on Salalah Plain, early 70s.

Fifty years ago, I flew into Salalah aged seventeen

Fresh faced, just a schoolboy…but oh ever so keen

I wanted to be a soldier, well what a place to learn

In the desert plains of Dhofar, came this young Dundee bairn

Hedgehog Bravo was the location, where I would first be sent

Defence of Salalah from the open jebel

And sleeping in a sandbagged tent

Lots of weapons to play with, we fire from dusk to dawn

Searching our scanner for Adoo

Just where do they appear from?

RAF Regiment, Engineers and SAS

Along with the brave Omanis all working as one

And of course there’s even the Artillery

With that massive dirty great gun.

There’s Jordanians, Iranians and Baluch

And many others in between

Did they really send me here…to fight for country and Queen?

Back home in the UK, no one even knows we’re here

We could well be in Cyprus, on the beach drinking beer

But no, we all love our time, taking part in the secret war

Winning hearts and minds has not really been done like this before

To help the Dhofari people and their animals, that’s what we’ve come for

Before the military options play their part in the Dhofar war

We’re all proud Dhofar Veterans from but a chapter in our military career

And this one was just a kid facing the Adoo with a good bit of fear

Bob Shepherd,

Ex 2 Sqn, RAF Regt and later 22 SAS Regt.

Dhofar War 72, 74, 76.

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 www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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10 thoughts on “A DHOFAR VETERAN a poem by Bob Shepherd”

  1. Hey Bob

    Do you remember a lad called Bob Tucker ? Think he served in Oman not sure what Sqn though

    Great poem !



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  2. I was on the RAF base as a 19 year old techie from Mar to Nov 72. Really appreciated you guys for keeping us “relatively” safe. I think 2 Sqn were toward the end of that tour. 15 and 51 were the other two. IIRC. Thanks again.

    1. A great account and poem of your service in salalah Bob. i served on 15sqdn Raf Reg 1972 hedgehog bravo, (from boy to man) respect.

  3. Great read Bob, excellence of experience, and without doubt the wealth of your knowledge is making warranted History.

  4. Great poem I was there 72 and 73 with 51 Sqn brought back many memories. Great place with Great mates PER ARDUA

  5. Sums it up Bob, for those in the know.
    Was there in 1972 with 15 Sqn. Stints on Hedgehogs Delta and Bravo and on HQ driving the water bowser (even though I did not have any form of driving licence).
    I did the same BG course as Ted James who was seriously injured during a night time hostile at Bravo.

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