Any Royal Tank units serve in Bessbrook

#3
2 rtr helped out on a couple of small ops but it was only hours ,flown in and out stuff...77 i think..
 

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#4
4 RTR 1971, lost a guy to a culvert bomb.
 
#5
1 RTR never went to South Armagh and as there were only 4 RTR's during that time period I think your question has been well and truley answered by the MIB community.

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#7
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
 
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GDav said:
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
That'll be why the QRH/QRIH didnt deploy there then, as they weren't v adaptable at taking on new challenges, whereas 3RTR did. :blowkiss: Albeit, the end was nigh and we amalgamated 2 years later :pissedoff:
 
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20NOV1917 said:
GDav said:
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
That'll be why the QRH/QRIH didnt deploy there then, as they weren't v adaptable at taking on new challenges, whereas 3RTR did. :blowkiss: Albeit, the end was nigh and we amalgamated 2 years later :pissedoff:
Well, Good + Good = Better in my honest opinion.
 
#10
gauis said:
Did any Royal Tank units serve in Bessbrook during the 70's or 80's?
Served there as an individual attached to 3 RGJ during that period, in the very early days the Sqn based at St Angelo used to have a troop of Saladin detached there. Any help?
 
#11
20NOV1917 said:
GDav said:
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
That'll be why the QRH/QRIH didnt deploy there then, as they weren't v adaptable at taking on new challenges, whereas 3RTR did. :blowkiss: Albeit, the end was nigh and we amalgamated 2 years later :pissedoff:
Sorry to let the air out of your bag but the QRIH did deploy there.
 
#14
Served there as an individual attached to 3 RGJ during that period, in the very early days the Sqn based at St Angelo used to have a troop of Saladin detached there. Any help?
Well, i will do some checking but i think my old Regiment did (16/5th QRL) early 1970
 
#15
16/5L served from 1971 - 73 Lisanelly Bks Omagh. Saladins, Saracens, ferrets and an Air Sqn with Souix. Out stations, St Angelo, Belleek, Clogher, and were involved in Motorman.

Hope this helps
 
#16
GDav said:
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
The RAC units who were based at Gosford had an infantry section at XMG. At various times in the early 70s manned XMG alongside 2 Para, 42 Cmdo, 1LI and the Argyles.
 
#17
dundrillin said:
GDav said:
I think you'll find the reason for that was the fact that Bessbrook was a feeder station for Forkhill and XMG - the two most dangerous outposts in the Empire. For that reason it was always either para/marine, or at best very good line inf regts who did BB.

Not denigrating any RAC regts in that, but RAC have to relearn infantry skills when dismounted. BB wasn't really a suitable posting for us until the end was nigh.
The RAC units who were based at Gosford had an infantry section at XMG. At various times in the early 70s manned XMG alongside 2 Para, 42 Cmdo, 1LI and the Argyles.
That's the problem when one generalises. XMG became too hot for RAC units after the early 70's. That's why it became an infantry posting only.

Don't ask me the dates - I don't know.
 

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