One was one of mine - Cpl Paul Bagwell who died after endex when his Antar rolled.Can't link from this phone. Just Google fu'd Lion heart deaths and got a Hansard Page. Apparently there were 3 deaths on that exercise.
I was on it as a full screw Recy Mech and attended a slack handful of serious looking accidents, but no deaths.
The Recy Mech I mentioned earlier did die, but wasn't from any of the units I covered.
Not an urban legend.Another urban legend was one of the Queenies cousins/nephews was a tankie and he was in his Chiefy when is was being loaded and he was unceremoniously told to dismount and the reply was 'do you know who I am?' to which the reply was 'I dont give a fcuk who you are - I'm Corporal X and this is my Antar so fcuk off and get out'. Hand shakes and shits and giggles from the rupert who thought it was funny as fcuk - he did dismount.
It's not true. I honestly think that if the US Army had killed a dozen or more British soldiers (albeit TA ) in 'a forest somewhere in Germany' then there might have been a bit of a song and dance about it?The story goes that out on exercise, somewhere in BAOR, some lads set up tentage in a forest- Dried up water course- drainage ditch, take your pick, a squadron of septic tanks rumbling along In the dark, were warned off taking that particular route, the leading tank commander insisted going that way as it was the quickest, and ploughed on, right over a dozen or more sleeping British soldiers. This story has to be over 40 years old, I have no way of knowing if this is true.
I used to sit in the back of Saracen and Sultan ACVs monitoring the 3 Armd Div Command Net. I lost count of the number of NODUFFs I heard where a Merc (always a Merc) ploughed into the back of a Chieftain on a remote, hilly, wooded road and four young men were killed.
I reckon Merc drivers believed they were invincible until that instant when they learned that Chieftain beats Merc.
Ah but the Chally had not been on a straight bar but no air lines coming off the B1. The Front truck braked, the tanker (full and unbraked) simply sailed past snapping the front towing eye off in the process before picking up the merc and giving it a lesson in reversing.
Were AEC Mk 1 TTFs unbaffled? Was it loaded? That would have made a difference - I well remember being regaled with stories of RL and older unbaffled tankers stopping only to be punted across junctions by their contents!Ah but the Chally had not been on a straight bar but no air lines coming off the B1. The Front truck braked, the tanker (full and unbraked) simply sailed past snapping the front towing eye off in the process before picking up the merc and giving it a lesson in reversing.