A blast from the past...Ex Lionheart '84

graeme838

Clanker
I recently found this picture in the bottom of a drawer - its shows the three crews from FRG7 at the start of Ex Lionheart '84 - I think we were near Hildesheim at the time. We were supporting the Royal Hussars with their brand new Challenger 1's.

I'm front left but the main man in the pic is back right - Mick Dowling MM, KIA in Gulf War 1 - in fact it's his ARRV we're in front of:

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In the picture - back row l-r Charlie Edwards, Kenny Moffat (they were both on my crew), unknown, Mark Bowman, Mick Dowling; front row l-r me, Dougie Fleming, unknown (but possibly Simon 'Errol' Flynn), unknown.

Mick, Mark and I were the crew commanders and for some reason long forgotten, our ARRV's were given snake-related names - mine was Hissing Sid, Mick's was Old Snakehips, and Mark's was Slithering Sam.

Oh, happy days in BAOR!
 

hank

War Hero
I spent two weeks at Vogelsang, a former SS/HJ depot I believe, and another two in a TP near Ghent seeing everyone else safely home. My abiding memories include the Ayran superman with his balls shot off by the Americans at Vogelsang, Antars with the engine hatches propped open struggling to make the 20 miles/hour convoy speed, throwing RGJ out of a particularly accommodating "bar" in Ghent and most particularly a Belgian MP corporal Karin with whom I shared a Rover and a couple of days R&R. I still have her photo. Ahhh...

The strangest thing was being saluted! Belgique conscripts apparently had to salute all MPs!
 
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I was a major Sprog at the time, having just finished basic ( phase 1) and tipped up at Bordon for phase 2. The buzz at the time was Lion Heart, all the upgraders wanted to get back to BAOR asap to take part. We were told loads of war stories after it had all wrapped up by in coming upgraders and tiffies. I ended up being part of Lion Heart mk2 in '87, it was called Iron Hammer, but never lived up to the billing Lion Heart got and my abiding memory was of a ****** Tiffy who didn't know his eastings from his northings and we ended up 50 miles from the front in the 434! We blew the engine trying to get back after our full screw realised the mistake! Heady days lol
 
I recently found this picture in the bottom of a drawer - its shows the three crews from FRG7 at the start of Ex Lionheart '84 - I think we were near Hildesheim at the time. We were supporting the Royal Hussars with their brand new Challenger 1's.

I'm front left but the main man in the pic is back right - Mick Dowling MM, KIA in Gulf War 1 - in fact it's his ARRV we're in front of:

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In the picture - back row l-r Charlie Edwards, Kenny Moffat (they were both on my crew), unknown, Mark Bowman, Mick Dowling; front row l-r me, Dougie Fleming, unknown (but possibly Simon 'Errol' Flynn), unknown.

Mick, Mark and I were the crew commanders and for some reason long forgotten, our ARRV's were given snake-related names - mine was Hissing Sid, Mick's was Old Snakehips, and Mark's was Slithering Sam.

Oh, happy days in BAOR!

Graeme, Mick Dowlings son posted on the thread below regarding his dad's military past. It may be worth dropping him a PM.


http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/sgt-mj-dowling-mm.161288/
 
I did Lionheart and Iron Hammer, but I didn't slum it with 7 until the 90s, I remember Mick Dowling though. Good egg, RiP Mick!
 
I had just arrived at RAF Gütersloh and was promptly informed that I would be deploying on Lionheart. Fun and games in a wood somewhere more or less in the middle of nowhere and DI-Staff who didn't have a clue about Harrier ops. I think that was the one when a USAF female Captain rolled up to our location in Class A uniform (= British No 1) complete with high heels. Some one at Ramstein had told her she would be going to Gütersloh, which was only half the truth.
 
Am pretty certain that Rusty Mallet was in 1988, unless the beer assisted memory fog has my posting dates totally wrong. Agree it was a shite exercise though.
You're probably right, I was attached to The Royal Scots at the time and was posted in '87 which is what made me think it was then, but it could have quite easily been '88.
 

Royalee

Old-Salt
Iron Hammer was 88, deployed with 13 Bty of 19 Fd Regt LAD, it got pretty cold over one of the final weekends, so much so that the Stally 2 to 1 beam pivots froze.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
I recently found this picture in the bottom of a drawer - its shows the three crews from FRG7 at the start of Ex Lionheart '84 - I think we were near Hildesheim at the time. We were supporting the Royal Hussars with their brand new Challenger 1's.

I'm front left but the main man in the pic is back right - Mick Dowling MM, KIA in Gulf War 1 - in fact it's his ARRV we're in front of:

View attachment 168622
In the picture - back row l-r Charlie Edwards, Kenny Moffat (they were both on my crew), unknown, Mark Bowman, Mick Dowling; front row l-r me, Dougie Fleming, unknown (but possibly Simon 'Errol' Flynn), unknown.

Mick, Mark and I were the crew commanders and for some reason long forgotten, our ARRV's were given snake-related names - mine was Hissing Sid, Mick's was Old Snakehips, and Mark's was Slithering Sam.

Oh, happy days in BAOR!

That sprocket at back right looks curiously Cent like - what is it?
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
Thanks.
 
I recently found this picture in the bottom of a drawer - its shows the three crews from FRG7 at the start of Ex Lionheart '84 - I think we were near Hildesheim at the time. We were supporting the Royal Hussars with their brand new Challenger 1's.

I'm front left but the main man in the pic is back right - Mick Dowling MM, KIA in Gulf War 1 - in fact it's his ARRV we're in front of:

View attachment 168622
In the picture - back row l-r Charlie Edwards, Kenny Moffat (they were both on my crew), unknown, Mark Bowman, Mick Dowling; front row l-r me, Dougie Fleming, unknown (but possibly Simon 'Errol' Flynn), unknown.

Mick, Mark and I were the crew commanders and for some reason long forgotten, our ARRV's were given snake-related names - mine was Hissing Sid, Mick's was Old Snakehips, and Mark's was Slithering Sam.

Oh, happy days in BAOR!

Is that bloke at bottom (fnarr fnarr) right giving his mate a fi sting?
 

graeme838

Clanker
Wild stab in the dark.

My old tool doing the 'biz on Soltau in '77

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Ahhh yes, the good old Cent ARV - we burnt one out on the tank bridge on Soltau, tried claiming my number 2's were on it when it went up - unsuccessfully. LAD 13/18H at the time, with Bob Elder as crew commander

Is that bloke at bottom (fnarr fnarr) right giving his mate a fi sting?

Probably not in public...the guy with his arse in the air might be Simon 'Errol' Flynn...he had a spider tattooed right next to his ********, it was his party piece to show it off when pissed
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
I was RAPC att 12 Armd (ex 15/19H). Lionheart was the first FTX I missed before I was posted back to the UK for a proper job in the Computer Centre then left. SACEUR sent round an instruction that all German Linguists in theatre (a named list some pages long) were not to be included on their units' Orbat for Lionheart since SACEUR had plans to **** the Corps over by using us as a Fifth Column to push hard and dirty into their rear areas fnar fnar. Plan came to nowt but SACEUR forgot to tell my boss. Two months before I left forever, I thought it was a good opportunity for 12 Armd to learn to run their MRG comms themselves (I had brought Control Signaller RAC skills to the unit).

Actually I did visit the exercise. At the halfway point (link above says it lasted a month) I was invited to take a car and a driver / escort and enough dosh to run a pay parade in the field (in an RCT barracks in Hannover that I'd staged through on the way to adventure training in Norway at the start of my career). Not bad for an RAPC Corporal, running his own Pay Parade.

Anyone (that wasn't on ex obviously) remember the BFBS reports, including "Trooper Valentine, Royal Hussars, in a wood in West Germany, overdrawn at the bank"? They are all on YouTube if you look hard enough. Watched them all a few months ago.

Edit. Lost a year of my life. 14 months before I left BAOR forever.
 
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