You mean that they were empty? The b*stards! I hated site guards. Some numb nuts full screw playing 101 questions on the intercom just to make sure that you were still awake in the sangars. Didn't half put you off when you were on the vinigar stroke. Being searched for 'contraband' before going out on stag/sangar duty. Praying that the duty driver would get caught speeding/drink driving or cream the lanny so as you could get his job. Committing the sangar grafitti to memory.
Bod 1: Halt, who goes there?
Bod 2: I am 24knifeforkspoon, Pte Fuckdust, a member of Munster (insert other mind numbing location) Site Guard.
Bod 1: Advance one and be recognised
Bod 1: I recognise you as 24knifeforkspoon, Pte Fuckdust, a member of Munster (insert other mind numbing location) Site Guard. Advance blah blah blah blah....
Perhaps the most skullfucking, mindnumbing couple of weeks anyone could ever spend, anywhere. The Yanks on the innerimiter were odd chaps to say the least. At least we only did a short stint in the sperm covered towers, these hicks had a whole career of it.
My proudest memory, was telling two yank colonels to f***k off, as they weren't on the entry list.
I had been briefed before stag that no name on list, no entry - no matter who they were I just took it to the letter The joys of the oic screaming at me to let them in and my polite 'no sir, they're not on the list' reply
Oh, and on inner compound duty, always putting on a Vietnam vid as the yanks opened the connecting door, their faces were a treat
I remember some of that 'nothing' being moved in germany. a lorry load of nothing, requiring RMP escort, GCP escort and road blocks, Lynx flying overhead, 2 trucks with infantry, one DFS fire appliance and an ambulance.
Also one fond memory of one of the guard forces going off not knowing the rations taken were all chicken curry... 2 weeks worth of chicken curry...
Remember doing my stint over New Year in '83 or 84. About 2am new year's day and the alarm goes, we all deploy to the bunkers etc (yawn yawn ... guess what's coming next) Tannoy crackles and some stupid septic wishes us all a happy new year.
The interconnect door stayed closed and we didn't see any of the yanks for the rest of the night.
Another site guard; after doing 120days soldier on in Colly, went on two weks site guard with my bty. Just looking forward to 'end-ex' when I wa informed that I had been loaned to the bty taking over Not very impresse as I hadn't had any leave for over 10 months
Did one site guard only - two weeks instead of the usual one for some unknown reason. However, the card school started as soon as the 4 tonners (think they might have been classed 3 ton then ) drove in and went non-stop for the whole time we were there.
Food was great 'cos the yanks down the road would give away food just because they didn't need it!
Two weeks of stag on, 2 hours - off 4 hours. Provided the 'on' hours meant you did not fcuk up then life was good. (1968 was a good year)