- 26-07-2012, 20:15 #91Bravo Bravo sets himself a depressingly low standard which he consistently fails to achieve.
- 26-07-2012, 21:49 #92
OK her goes my pennies worth as a helmet geek when i first joined the Mk6 helmet was loosing its first cover two horizontal pieces of elastic around the DPM cover, popular looked smart
however natural foliage in the elastic for cam and con meant a bold patch on the top and with the front lower strap being near the brim the soldier may get foliage obscuring his view hence the like it or hate it replacement elastic harness
carried on through DPM desert and into MTP did not fit the Mk7 so troops did what they do made it fit sniper tape etc as I left H15 the incoming H16 got the new cover made for the Mk7 helmet
its a better attempt Peripheral vision ear cut outs for the soldier excellent helmet now not hindered by its cover, just point to note back to the more popular two piece elastic as for the scrim thing on top a longer chat but covers getting better no doubt troops as they always will will try to personalize it
- 26-07-2012, 22:31 #93
Missing the thread on this one. I thought the only helmet that needed covering and worth SERIOUS conversation was our own private helmets. Anyway, crack one off or,,, ahem, on.
- 27-07-2012, 07:53 #94
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- 27-07-2012, 08:38 #95
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NI never reached the full on direct and indirect fire 'excitement' of Afghanistan. Probably largely because the conflict was self- limiting (Catholic insurgency in a 'democracy' and civ cas cultural aversion) AND we had right troop density straight away, something we never achieved in Afghanistan.
But over 1000 died in NI and the worst year was worse than Afghanistan to date. It is also instructive to look at how we 'fought' both campaigns. Patrolling on foot or in vehs in S Armagh considered too dodgy so helo lifts, 3d patrolling and decent OP towers the order of the day to allow us to get 'behind the IED crust' as todays war would have it. How many less soldiers would have died in Afghanistan if we could lift from PB to without transiting the VPs/ VAs surrounding each base? The same goes for Basra, how many less would have died if we had resupplied by air? Difficult? Yes. Expensive? Very. But that is how we sustained lots of NI locations.
Comparing the two without context is just daft.
- 27-07-2012, 08:48 #96
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As to the rest of your post, I do agree!Dry books of tactics are beneath the notice of a man of genius, and it is a known fact that every British officer is inspired with a perfect knowledge of his duty, the moment he gets his commission; and if it were not, it would be sufficiently acquired in conversaziones at the main-guard or the grand sutler's.
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- 27-07-2012, 09:53 #97
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Cynically, I have to speculate that the major difference between Herrick and Banner was that successive British governments pursued a consistent strategy, with a clearly defined end state, in NI - and succeeded - and made the resources and political will required to achieve that end state, even if it took 30 years, available. Those same successive governments didn't, except perhaps, early on in the Troubles, convince themselves that what was essentially a political problem might have a military solution. Compare and contrast.Years since living the dream and having to make an honest living:
- 27-07-2012, 11:41 #98
"HELLO!" Not a dig but was this thread not about the new MTP issued helmet cover for the Mark7 helmet? with the original photo opening a debate for troops wearing SCRIM.
As for the debate turning into talk on what campaign is worse with quite personal and nasty comments all i can say is im new to this sight which has potential to be a good sight but there are some fellas on here out to shock and outrage for a stupid cheep thrill I personally left Queens Division and went to Norther Ireland 89 and am not long back from Herrick to be honest a bit shocked at some of the comments but I guess there are belters there out there