3 decades ago on this day ...

An excited voice in the corridor suggested that I should check over the DDT ( Defence Debriefing Team ) equipment. Having added three extra note pads and a dozen pencils, i reported the status "operational". :)

Now for the real challenge, all those 'schoolies' with Arab linguist abilities were called for. That was interesting, as several felt that their gained skills at Beaconsfield weren't actually meant for use in war.
The trawl for Arab linguists and others with specialist skills was a touch haphazard.
I had recently completed an Arabic course at Beconsfield, I was as highly qualified and current in what was then called NBC as you could be, had recent G2 experience in an Amd Bde in BAOR that was off to the Gulf but was never called for.
My job in the FIUA TT was deemed more important thus I remained in Warminster.
 
The Navy celebrates Christmas in August ?
Best fun the matelots have had all cruise apart from Barrel Night, I daresay. ;-)
First impressions from the USS Wisconsin (BB 64):

ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP USS WISCONSIN (AP) - The cruise missiles begin their trip to Iraq with an explosion like a giant steel door slamming shut. They fly off the ship's deck with a burst of white fire tinged with yellow.
For the first seconds of flight, a solid-fueled booster illuminates the ship and paints a halo in the water. The burned-out boosters drop off about a mile from the ship and jet engines take over to propel the deadly Tomahawks toward their targets.
So the Persian Gulf war began on Thursday. So it continues.
The Journal Times Jan 20, 1991

https://journaltimes.com/news/local...cle_3229959d-a52f-56da-93ab-7ca829c91e07.html

I daresay Royal Navy ships and subs were firing these off like crazy too during the air campaign.

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Ned_Seagoon

War Hero
26 July 90 - return from a 6 monther in a different hot and dusty place.
29 July - move family from UK to Germany, on posting.
2 Aug - SH upsets world order and most ConPlans.
Late Aug/early Sep - Having taken over my new job, Boss man says “I owe a friend a favor, so I am lending you to him for the foreseeable future”.
18 Oct - Deploy to Theatre.
Âpr something or other - Return to Germany. Claim a spot of leave.
 
An excited voice in the corridor suggested that I should check over the DDT ( Defence Debriefing Team ) equipment. Having added three extra note pads and a dozen pencils, i reported the status "operational". :)

Now for the real challenge, all those 'schoolies' with Arab linguist abilities were called for. That was interesting, as several felt that their gained skills at Beaconsfield weren't actually meant for use in war.

The reservist element of our three services gave sterling service on their aspect of DDT as the refugees arrived at London and Gatwick debriefing those who came forward to offer advice on their experiences in Kuwait and the locale.
Having had a rootle around an abandoned trench c/w a rather palatial living area, I came away with a slack handful of notepads.

Knowing that these contained Saddam's future plans, I presented myself at the Int box body, confident that my offerings were sure to see my invite to the Big House for a bit of bling and maybe a quick go on the Princess of Wales. :)

The scruffy old TA half Colonel who greeted me was similarly enthused until he mentioned that they were an uncompleted letter from an Iraqi Captain to his wife.

chiz

The old boy himself was quite a unique character: an Arabist who held a Chair in Middle Eastern studies somewhere, he'd joined the 'terps pool when in his mid-20s. 40 years later, he was absolutely delighted to finally go to war. Bless him.
 
I'm surprised that you could get away with using sun block of only SPF 15 strength. I'm no ginger and I don't have pale ghost-like skin, but I had to look for SPF of at least 60 to avoid getting burned - and even SF 100 was better if I could get it.Unless you're a poc type, but even they get burned.
Sun Block.jpg
 
I'm surprised that you could get away with using sun block of only SPF 15 strength. I'm no ginger and I don't have pale ghost-like skin, but I had to look for SPF of at least 60 to avoid getting burned - and even SF 100 was better if I could get it.Unless you're a poc type, but even they get burned.View attachment 494400
I'm one of those unfortunate/fortunate souls who burns cherry red at first exposure but then goes a delightful golden brown thereafter :rolleyes:
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
I had just finished being a Surgical SHO & was on the road to being Surgical Reg, oh the dizzy heights.
Was shagging nice fit young nubile nurses & enjoying life.
The joys of QAs. It was indeed a marvellous time.
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
Best fun the matelots have had all cruise apart from Barrel Night, I daresay. ;-)
First impressions from the USS Wisconsin (BB 64):

ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP USS WISCONSIN (AP) - The cruise missiles begin their trip to Iraq with an explosion like a giant steel door slamming shut. They fly off the ship's deck with a burst of white fire tinged with yellow.
For the first seconds of flight, a solid-fueled booster illuminates the ship and paints a halo in the water. The burned-out boosters drop off about a mile from the ship and jet engines take over to propel the deadly Tomahawks toward their targets.
So the Persian Gulf war began on Thursday. So it continues.
The Journal Times Jan 20, 1991

https://journaltimes.com/news/local...cle_3229959d-a52f-56da-93ab-7ca829c91e07.html

I daresay Royal Navy ships and subs were firing these off like crazy too during the air campaign.

View attachment 494302
At the time, the RN wasn't equipped with Tomahawk. UK subs were running protection for US ones chucking out Tomahawks.
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
This is the bit I find odd... we used to own that bit of real estate and should have been more aware of the variations in air temperature and terrain..
Because no senior officer reads POTR's before deploying to get an OBE/MC :)
 

Yokel

LE
Best fun the matelots have had all cruise apart from Barrel Night, I daresay. ;-)
First impressions from the USS Wisconsin (BB 64):

ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP USS WISCONSIN (AP) - The cruise missiles begin their trip to Iraq with an explosion like a giant steel door slamming shut. They fly off the ship's deck with a burst of white fire tinged with yellow.
For the first seconds of flight, a solid-fueled booster illuminates the ship and paints a halo in the water. The burned-out boosters drop off about a mile from the ship and jet engines take over to propel the deadly Tomahawks toward their targets.
So the Persian Gulf war began on Thursday. So it continues.
The Journal Times Jan 20, 1991

https://journaltimes.com/news/local...cle_3229959d-a52f-56da-93ab-7ca829c91e07.html

I daresay Royal Navy ships and subs were firing these off like crazy too during the air campaign.

View attachment 494302
At the time, the RN wasn't equipped with Tomahawk. UK subs were running protection for US ones chucking out Tomahawks.
I imagine that was in addition to the two old O boats that went into the Gulf itself. I guess there where a lot of forces not deployed in the area as such but directly supporting the effort, such as RAF Phantoms providing defence for Cyprus and a task group including HMS Ark Royal with Sea Harriers and Sea Kings, and frigates, in the Eastern Mediterranean.
 

diplomat

War Hero
Book Reviewer
I was an ATO in Belfast
 

Yokel

LE
If I remember correctly, Saddam did not direct his forces to capture foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. If I remember correctly the British Ambassador and his deputy were the last to leave, and stayed behind for a couple of months.

Cut off from the world and surrounded, that must have taken serious balls.
 

philc

LE
When it first happened, I went down to the Iraqi Embassy and took loads of pictures of Kuwatis that lived in London demonstrating, I went around the back of the Embassy and caught some shots of senior bods going out the back door, which I sold to the the Times Picture Desk. I was told to move on by the plod, but I had the pictures, oh it was £50 and not used.
 
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