Extreme drug abuse and racism, white “slavery” and bad military leadership.
I left Special Forces in 1973 to finish my bachelor degree in the Bootstrap Program. My wife had been pressuring me to get an assignment to Germany. Close to graduation, I contacted my branch and asked for assignment to the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany. I was informed the Group was full with a waiting list. The 10th Group was a very popular assignment and had many “homesteaders.”
I heard through the military grapevine to avoid assignment to the line units in Germany because the command had been severely neglected during the Vietnam War and things were very bad down at troop level. After weeks of “convincing” from my wife, I gave in and accepted assignment to Germany. I ended up with a command in the 1/83rd Artillery Battalion at Baumholder, Germany.
The battalion was laagered in Allunbach, a German military camp near Baumholder while all of the battalion’s barracks were being renovated. My first month was an eye opener. Troops wearing blue jeans in morning formations; rooms and windows were painted black and candles used for light, absolutely filthy latrines with clogged commodes—very low military standards everywhere.
I use fiction to write about what I experienced during those three and a half years I spent with the 8th Division in Germany. All of the events are real, I just changed names and compressed the timeline for better reading.
Almost 50 years have passed. The military has made huge progress in race relations, but in the 70s racism from ALL races was rampant. Troops were bored with little training going on and drugs were easily obtained with many officers and NCO as the dealers. There was an invisible divider line between battalions and regiments. At battalion and below it was a hellhole and at brigade and above they saw nothing and attended their wine sampling session and weekend tours.
RABBIT HUNT is an easy read—but loaded with a reality that seems to still linger in parts of our society.
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