I have already seen a few posts, many from veterans, recalling the start of the war in Iraq fifteen years ago. What started on the 20th March 2003 was the beginning of what would be years of conflict.
War to me seemed to be a foredrawn conclusion. I had arrived in Kuwait in a small fleet of seven warships, having embarked on the 11th of January, arriving in mid-February. We had watched the combat power build up, and heard further word about what was waiting elsewhere in the Kuwaiti desert.