On the Right of it to Rain During War


King Lear could have a view on this – if extrapolating from the self (not that there’d be an internal hook from which to start). Without realising weather warfare is a thing, the right or wrong is a moot point one can still debate for the hell of it. There are those who claim ‘great’ battles have been fought in inclement weather. Where would a competent war film be without thunder & lightning, mud & slush, slipping & sliding, and blood running in rivulets? General Patton’s call for a quarter of a million prayers to end the rain; when in ‘Operation Popeye’, Vietnamese clouds are seeded with spinach. Oh Little Ice Age and the 500-year-old meteorological sting in your tail.


Mike Ferguson





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