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#61
We didn’t have pool pistols as you term them. Brownings were carried by some senior officers, some people who were driving Q cars or vans and on some search teams. Virtually everyone else carried an SLR. A complete list of butt numbers was kept in the ops room.
Also it would also be prefixed with your coy , Ie mine in Londonderry in 1984 was B35 for B coy as every other coy would also have had a rifle 35. By time we went back to Belfast in 88 it was something called a NIPIN that was nothing to do with your rifle. I think they just printed off the Bn nominal roll and your position on it was your number. Zap numbers as we know them now came in late 80, early 90s I think. One use of them that I noticed in Iraq, was that on interrogation reports. The integrators were only identified by a number , while the guards that escorted the prisoners to and from the cells to the interview room , would only be listed by Zap number.

Edited to add- I'm O Neg thus a giver not a taker !!!!
 
#62
Around a dozen of us O Neg type's in the greater JHQ area used to get a call from the med centre at least once every three months to give blood for some emergency or other. Either for Wegberg, or one of the local German hospitals. The German hospitals were fine as they had to financially account for the blood so they used to pay us DM60 - DM70 for a pint.
We were forbidden by our OC to sell our blood as if we were ever in an incident that meant we dound ourselves in a Box hospital as they'd check to see if you'd sold blood and then a bill would be forthcoming to SHQ.
 
#63
We were forbidden by our OC to sell our blood as if we were ever in an incident that meant we dound ourselves in a Box hospital as they'd check to see if you'd sold blood and then a bill would be forthcoming to SHQ.
Not an issue and the med centre knew all about it. First time I got the call along with three others the hospital sent a mini bus to collect us from JHQ med centre, took us to a hospital in Aachen, we gave the blood, were given a chitty and told to go to an office on the ground floor. In the office they took the chitty from each of us and gave us each DM60.
 
#65
Guys ...my son passed off the square at pirbright last friday.. But he wants to know his blood group for s zap panel for his kit .where should be start .cheers lee
Definitive answer which doesn't involve inconveniencing anyone else: Tell him to log on to JPA, his blood group will be listed, along with colour perception.
 
#66
My Grandad had his blood group tattoo'd under his left armpit in the army. He spoke with a funny accent. Apparently he was from Newcastle.
I bet he wore designer clothes.
 
#67
We didn’t have pool pistols as you term them. Brownings were carried by some senior officers, some people who were driving Q cars or vans and on some search teams. Virtually everyone else carried an SLR. A complete list of butt numbers was kept in the ops room.
When we were manning VCPs, the person detailed to question the driver /check licence etc of stopped vehicles was issued a Webley revolver in lieu of his SLR. The Webley had five rounds loaded such that the first 'shot' fell on the empty chamber. Lanyard and holster - I seem to remember a 37 patt holster but it may have been later - completed the ensemble.

As far as I recall... ID tags were the primary identifiers... can't remember any importance being attached to weapon numbers. A long time ago though so I am probably not a reliable witness. Still have my tags though for when I forget who I am /was.
 
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#68
When we were manning VCPs, the person detailed to question the driver /check licence etc of stopped vehicles was issued a Webley revolver in lieu of his SLR. The Webley had five rounds loaded such that the first 'shot' fell on the empty chamber. Lanyard and holster - I seem to remember a 37 patt holster but it may have been later - completed the ensemble.

As far as I recall... ID tags were the primary identifiers... can't remember any importance being attached to weapon numbers. A long time ago though so I am probably not a reliable witness. Still have my tags though for when I forget who I am /was.
Were they permanent static VCP's?

We were always setting up temporary VCP's when we felt like having some fun with the locals or if we had received intelligence to watch out for someone. Sometimes it was just to check a single suspicious looking vehicle or just imposing authority on an area. We blocked the docks in Belfast once by setting up a VCP just outside the gates just as a passenger ferry from the Mainland was unloading it's guests. Then of course there were arial VCP's in rural area's around South Armagh.

I never manned a permanent one though and we always carried our SLR's.
 
#69
Were they permanent static VCP's?

We were always setting up temporary VCP's when we felt like having some fun with the locals or if we had received intelligence to watch out for someone. Sometimes it was just to check a single suspicious looking vehicle or just imposing authority on an area. We blocked the docks in Belfast once by setting up a VCP just outside the gates just as a passenger ferry from the Mainland was unloading it's guests. Then of course there were arial VCP's in rural area's around South Armagh.

I never manned a permanent one though and we always carried our SLR's.
They were indeed permanent... we had three on our patch, Rosemount, Buncrana and 'Muff'.
 
#71
Guys ..thank you for your assistance .laddo called the Med centre today and was told his blood group....cheers ...next one where can I buy him some zap panels ..name rank last four and blood grp
 
#75
|Whats all this Zap number shit? That is just big timing. Bowman is pretty much secure so names can be sent. It is just people trying to relive the Op Banner days.

However, he can find his blood group by asking any one of the Med staff or on his dog tags. It has not been on the ID card since they were pink I don't think.
unless you have lots of smiths in a sub unit, for example, other common names are available.....
 
#76
unless you have lots of smiths in a sub unit, for example, other common names are available.....
They have first names and last 4s. It is no slower. It is just trying to over complicate things for the sake of people wanting to sound like old sweats
 

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#77
Guys ..thank you for your assistance .laddo called the Med centre today and was told his blood group....cheers ...next one where can I buy him some zap panels ..name rank last four and blood grp
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Go Old school and be like a Cold War Warrior!
 

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#79
Tell him to tape his Field dressing (they aren't called field dressings anymore) to his webbing or rifle butt to complete the look.
Left upper should if I recall
 
#80
Left upper should if I recall
Hahaha. I am not that old, but the pictures I have seen suggest you are right, providing Ivan with a great aiming mark due to the colour of the FFDs......
 

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