in the last paragraph of your intro you made of reference to the attack on a bus with wives and children on board. You may be interested to know that one of the people who placed the bomb on the bus (incident known as the M62 Bombing) was a girl from Moy the village on the way from Dungannon to Armagh, her father runs a butchers shop in the village, and she was on the run mainly in Europe for a long time. She had a hand in several incidents in BAOR.
She had a brother who was the subject of a 'home run' at a petrol station on the Moy/Dungannon road. The CID Sgt in Dungannon attended. He recognised the him from the biggest piece of him lying on the forecourt, and threw his anorak over it. When the father arrived the RUC Sgt said to him that he "believed that shit under the anorak belonges to you". There were no repercussions on the Sgt.
Your reference to the SSM from the RSDG waking the men to demonstrate lighting a hot water system,is a good point about the good and the bad Sgt Majors. I, for a while, was bilitted in a caravan on top of the hill behind the RUC Bks in Dungannon, C Coy of the Gordons were in the area at the time, and the CSM was a great guy. One day the OC of the Coy said to him, "Oh Sgt Major the Brigadier (3 Bde) is coming at 4 tomorrow try and have the camp tidied up". His answer was the best I have heard in this situation. "No" said the CSM. "I have one platoon patrolling, one platoon getting ready to patrol and one patrol, who will be patrolling the whole night, sleeping. I am not waking the men up just so the Bde Commander can see a sparkling camp. This camp is clean and tidy every morning at 0900hrs. If the Bde Commander wants to see a clean and tidy camp he can visit then". The OC considered this statement, then said "You are absolutely right Sgt Major, Ignore what I said". The next unit to come in kicked me out of the caravan so I was homeless for a while.