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2 PARA in 1984

Lots of Aldershot camps were 1960s concrete block types. Including Buller and St Omer.
I’m sure it’s all very different now. I know the St Omer Tower was demolished about ten years ago.
I remember speaking to someone who said they always felt a tad depressed coming back to Aldershot on a Sunday evening, seeing the red light on top of the St Omar tower block, it could be seen from quite a way off.
It was all East German housing estate chic which was all the fashion then. Pre fabricated concrete which was cheap and easy to make and construct. Lots of the big tower blocks built in the sixties and seventies and other public building were built that way. But they were poor quality crap. Most had to be demolished as they were falling apart and new buildings put up in their place. Wembley police station in NW London was a perfect example.
 

Oyibo

LE
It must have been a disapointment for the Toms when they had to move to Connaught Barracks in Dover in 2000 after been in a brand new modern barracks.

New Normandy Barracks was excellent. I left before 2000, so I cannot comment on Connaught Barracks
 
Wasn't he (Colour Sergeant being RM) doing a CQMS job in the Company Stores of an RM Cdo. He was complaining about his kids asking him what he does at work and having to tell them he workes in a store room all day issuing things out and signing bits of paper?
No, I think he went into some sort of administrative function with a small company (I may be wrong with that), but he found himself doing a small job for small people in a small role.

He might have found his perfect job, mind; close to home, with the wife, kids and dogs around his feet., rose bushes to tend and a Vauxhall Astra. For the rest of his life.

Where's my Stanley knife and carotid?
 
No, I think he went into some sort of administrative function with a small company (I may be wrong with that), but he found himself doing a small job for small people in a small role.

He might have found his perfect job, mind; close to home, with the wife, kids and dogs around his feet., rose bushes to tend and a Vauxhall Astra. For the rest of his life.

Where's my Stanley knife and carotid?
There was one guy who was badly injured and disabled in a training accident. He was medically discharged and was subsequently very critical of the way he was treated by the Royal Marines and the help he got from the Royal Marine Association which amounted to very little. He was very supportive of the British Legion though who set him up. All the episodes were on YouTube.
 
That's incorrect; 2 PARA were in Bruneval Barracks (part of Montgomery Lines) from 1981 to 87 when they then moved to Ternhill. 3 PARA were alongside in Normandy Barracks.

Were Bruneval And Normandy Barracks basically next to each other? Was it a shared cookhouse and Naafi? Monty Lines must have been quite big...
 

XPara Mugg

War Hero
Were Bruneval And Normandy Barracks basically next to each other? Was it a shared cookhouse and Naafi? Monty Lines must have been quite big...

Montgomery lines was four independent complexes. Rhine, Normandy, Arnhem and Bruneval. Each with their own cookhouse, 'red square' and all other bn sized infrastructure.

Just shared one main vehicle access. Rotating home to central lines guard.

A few random buildings which were allocated to brigade functions and other bits and pieces, band etc.. One education/training block.
 

Rooper

War Hero
Montgomery lines was four independent complexes. Rhine, Normandy, Arnhem and Bruneval. Each with their own cookhouse, 'red square' and all other bn sized infrastructure.

Just shared one main vehicle access. Rotating home to central lines guard.

A few random buildings which were allocated to brigade functions and other bits and pieces, band etc.. One education/training block.
Not quite true, there was two education/training blocks. One alongside Queens Ave outside the 9 Sun NAAFI which held the Army Education Centre and the other one near the Boxing Centre alongside the A325 (and the other NAAFI).
 

Rooper

War Hero
At the front of Monty Lines , were large hangar type buildings. Was that the vehicle park?
The large hangers at the front end was the Log Bn, 10 Field Workshops etc. Each of the four barracks within Montgomery Lines had their own MT parking with overflow on the Red Squares & under the covered ways.
 
May I inquire as to what is a load of fan jumps?
It's a parachute training device. The 'victim' climbs up to the top of a platform, clips into a harness and jumps off. A cable attached to drum with fans on it spins: the air resistance from the fans slows the 'victim's' descent. Although nothing seems to happen at first and the 'victim' assumes there's a malfunction and is about get mangled. Or at least i did.
 

XPara Mugg

War Hero
One of them had a load of fan jumps IIRC.

I think you are thinking of Pitts Road by the RMP place, home to the RAF detachment to Airborne Forces.

Hangar with some fuselages, flight swings, many rubber mats, ramps etc..
 
I think you are thinking of Pitts Road by the RMP place, home to the RAF detachment to Airborne Forces.

Ah maybe, near the Church? It was 38 years ago.
 
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