I know the video states Lionheart and 1980 but I only recall being involved in Crusader 80 and Lionheart was later if I recall correctly.
Plenty Chiefys bombing around in this and they all seem to be going - Lionheart.
Never seen this one before and it’s worth a watch - lots of armour, that rifle in abundance and we used to have an army then. It’s enough to make you weep. Anyone on it? Seems like a lifetime ago........
Both Lionheart and Spearpoint were exercises on the four-year Crusader cycle (there was also a Crusader 76 at the start of the Task Force concept. Task Forces reverted to Brigades after Spearpoint/Crusader 80). Lionheart was 84.I know the video states Lionheart and 1980 but I only recall being involved in Crusader 80 and Lionheart was later if I recall correctly.
On Crusader 80, I was with TF A for a while then ended up in TF C.Both Lionheart and Spearpoint were exercises on the four-year Crusader cycle (there was also a Crusader 76 at the start of the Task Force concept. Task Forces reverted to Brigades after Spearpoint/Crusader 80). Lionheart was 84.
During Crusader 76 I was with UNFICYP; 80, 3 Armd Div as an umpire; 84 I was rear party because the grown-ups wanted German Linguists and Colloquialists to play as a fifth column to create an general ****-up factor. But nobody told units that the plan was scrapped, and I stayed in camp.
On Crusader 80, I was with TF A for a while then ended up in TF C.
"All the way with TFA"
It was bollocks, cold and I was constantly hungry. Thank feck for bratty stands, bakeri and the CanAm bike I was able to cut around on.
When I visualise that image, you do not feature as a racing snake.Having the use of a FFR L/rover, and a very understanding OC ( I was his driver/ electrician) we were able to avail ourselves of mess tents in the field, cookhouses of any barracks we were in, and stop off in the villages en route to our out stations, for snacks, nibbles, the Stadtspakasse bank and refreshments, which also meant we could pick up fresh rations, and the mail for the lads in the static locations, on our frequent trips back to camp. We also done shower runs to the nearest barracks, word of warning, DO NOT use the showers in the Belgium barracks, they are gopping, big time.
We were flagged down by the crew of a small armoured car, and told a story of woe and disaster, the up shot was they had not eaten for two days and" Got any scran spare" I handed over two 24 Hr rat packs, and a bottle of fizzy pop.
When I visualise that image, you do not feature as a racing snake.
Who was it?Built for comfort, not speed.
My OC was very laid back, nothing fazed him, looked after his squadron like a father, and was well respected by all the lads, and god help any outsider that interfered or ordered his lads about. Promoted from the ranks, says it all.
And? Forty years on and probably 35 years after he left the Army it’s hardly a big deal.
Whatever, it was only out of interest.
Let's see em then.Can’t remember who the other infantry were, could’ve sworn they were Rangers. We heard it was a brew up while refuelling and the petrol vapour had drifted down the coolie to the naked flame.
Your pictures look like they were taken after recovery to Crowfoot, mine (when I can find them) are in situ where they brewed up.