Remember them?BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7168.1329a (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1329
- Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
In the sunlit harbour a dozen warships lie neatly alongside. Ashore, hundreds of sailors relax as they always do: sightseeing,keeping fit, buying gifts, or just drinking lots of beer in a faded little garrison town that looks south across Morocco and north into Spain. In a few days the shipswill put to sea, take the first right past Cape Trafalgar, and go home.
The previous year, after a similar annual fleet exercise and at very …