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20 Years Since Greenham Common closed

#1
I lived & worked in the area in the early 80s when it was all kicking off properly.

I spent many happy hours sat in the queue on the A339 waiting for the plods to remove the "women" who would be on one of their periodic hate fests.

The many faces of Greenham Common - BBC News

I was sorry to see it close, I went to the last ever GC air show and had a few mates who worked on the base in various capacities, as well as knowing a few of the yanks.

In hindsight, did the cruise missiles make us safer or more vulnerable?
 
#5
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In hindsight, did the cruise missiles make us safer or more vulnerable?
Not sure about them making the population safer or more vulnerable,but it's done a number on one of my neighbors. He worked for Litton Industries developing and building the guidance system for the cruise missile in the 80's and like many other former employees, is now enjoying various forms of rare cancer types. He still stands firmly in the belief that building and deploying them was a necessity.
 
#7
Didn't Alan Titchmarsh do a bit on Greenham Common on The Nature of Britain ten years ago? It's a bat sanctuary (with glow-in-the-dark bats?). Or was that another abandoned Cold War site.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#8
Well nothing kicked off so I guess it worked.
Never to be forgotten interview with one of the great unwashed. "We won't let them out of the gates. The only way they'll leave the site is if they fly them out."

No irony at all in the fact that had they been flown out, peace had failed and the wimmin would themselves be glass in a few minutes.
 
#9
Never to be forgotten interview with one of the great unwashed. "We won't let them out of the gates. The only way they'll leave the site is if they fly them out."

No irony at all in the fact that had they been flown out, peace had failed and the wimmin would themselves be glass in a few minutes.
Hmm. Imminent nuclear war, decision is taken to deploy the missiles to hide locations. And a regiment of lesbians think they're going to hold back that deployment by linking arms?

"Ladies, we are about to deploy from this location. My orders are to use lethal force if necessary to accomplish our mission. You are ordered to disperse immediately. We are prepared to shoot if we have to. Jimbo over there on the '60, he was mowing down gooks in Vietnam on a daily basis. He's not going to miss. Now, please, disperse, or you are going to die, right here, in a few minutes. Either way, we're deploying."
 
#11
I had to return some canoes to Greenham Common on a canoe trailer thingy in the 80's. Got buttonholed by some smelly dykes who asked, "Why do you want to kill our Children?" My colleague said, "I have a thing about canoeing people to death. Pay attention to detail love, those things on the trailer are not f*****g cruise missiles" I thought it was funny.
 
#12
Have any of the "wimmin" involved had a wash yet?
Say what you like, the ones I met gave us lovely herbal cookies quite regularly.
My girlfriend at the time had a brother who was a journo for one of the nationals.I was paid every week for info about the timing of one of the missile convoys leaving the site.That went on for months until the editor put a stop to it.It eventually dawned on him that I had nothing to offer other than made up rumours and info of when the convoy had returned to the base.
Very hospitable Yanks as well.4th July barbecues with Capt Charles T.B. and his gang - dustbins full of ice and tinned 'beer' and soda,hotdogs,burgers and very friendly females who "just loved" our accents......and the nurse who liked to wear a respirator whilst I gave her a full medical examination.......
Oh happy days.
 
#13
Urban myth has it that there were in fact no cruise missiles, no nuclear weapons, Maggie and Ron's idea to wind up the Russians. The flights in and out were resupply of Hershey bars, New York pizza and bottled piss called Miller lite. Outward flights were loaded with Cheddar cheese, Indian take away and local chav slappers up the duff by members of the US air farce.
 
#14
Hmm. Imminent nuclear war, decision is taken to deploy the missiles to hide locations. And a regiment of lesbians think they're going to hold back that deployment by linking arms?

"Ladies, we are about to deploy from this location. My orders are to use lethal force if necessary to accomplish our mission. You are ordered to disperse immediately. We are prepared to shoot if we have to. Jimbo over there on the '60, he was mowing down gooks in Vietnam on a daily basis. He's not going to miss. Now, please, disperse, or you are going to die, right here, in a few minutes. Either way, we're deploying."
It gave hippies a sense of purpose in the 80s. Nowadays such people can only lurk on the internet reporting Facebook pages they don't like and demanding that some woman nobody's ever heard of get her pic on a tenner.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#15
Urban myth has it that there were in fact no cruise missiles, no nuclear weapons, Maggie and Ron's idea to wind up the Russians. The flights in and out were resupply of Hershey bars, New York pizza and bottled piss called Miller lite. Outward flights were loaded with Cheddar cheese, Indian take away and local chav slappers up the duff by members of the US air farce.
I cannot comment on Greenham Common, but RAF Alconbury was a cruise missile support base for Molesworth (iirc). Zero Alpha's mother was head of the parish council. She had a good working relationship with the head honcho at the top of the hill. As long they didn't try and take heavy vehicles over the humpback bridge. She also regularly bothered to point out to him that the streets were narrow anyway and they weren't likely to get them up the hill through village anyway.

There were regular exercises. They quickly discovered that the cruise missile launchers were far too wide to cross the humpback bridge and eventually they stopped trying. Didn't stop them trying to cross the stream 200m downstream via the ford. Which had never been designed for HGVs (they didn't flex enough at the articulation either, and they also got stuck).

Apparently calling the Base Commander via his personal phone number to tell him that the latest cruise missile launcher was stuck in the ford simply became a five second call. He stopped asking how she knew when she passed on the VRN, recorded by a member of the parish council who had eyes on the ford.
 
#17
In the 80's I was part of a convoy of RCT trucks taking defence supplies into Greenham. The idea was to go in under the cover of night after the unwashed had bedded down. However due to the Army policy of being 5 minutes before 5 minutes before 5 minutes we got there at tea time in the day light, when the great unwashed were up and about creating havoc. Needless to say the TVP, MoD Plod, American Base Police etc were well impressed with our early arrival and the ensuing fun and games.

However as we were early and no accommodation was available the Troopy allowed those who had relatives living nearby to have the evening off as the unloading was not due to the next day. Most of the troops stay on camp and dossed down in the truck cabs. One of the lads who had relatives nearby shared a taxi with a couple of mates and he dropped them at a local pub whilst he visited his reli's.

He picked them up later in the evening and his mates were both chuffed to NAAFI brakes as they has scored with some 'Hippy Chick Student' types in the pub.

A few weeks later on sick parade the two lucky lads were found to have the clap and further investigations established the two 'Hippy Chick's' were loosely associated with the Peace Camp.

Both the Lucky Lads were unofficially awarded by the Troop the VD & SCAR for the 'Battle Of Greenham Common'.

The Troopy had some explaining to do.
 

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