And I failed to mention, when the Boss (AQMS) arrived a short time later , he just looked at me and shook his head
Ah sorry - just one of those urban myths then! I didn't personally didn't see the incident (busy elsewhere at the time), but the version about going down the pub was related to me by several people,including IIRC the Director of the establishment. Just goes to prove you shouldn't always believe what your boss tells you!I've refrained from commenting as I knew
youhe'd be along at some point to give the true record of events.
No, he didn't.
JimmyHe remained with the vehicle to help with the recovery operation. JimmyHe was a damn fine soldier despite being a cavalry w@nkerman.
To be fair he did a lot of that!And I failed to mention, when the Boss (AQMS) arrived a short time later , he just looked at me and shook his head
They all went down the pub later, but not immediatelyAh sorry - just one of those urban myths then! I didn't personally didn't see the incident (busy elsewhere at the time), but the version about going down the pub was related to me by several people,including IIRC the Director of the establishment. Just goes to prove you shouldn't always believe what your boss tells you!
Is this the incident?nobody disobeyed an order
,Ihe was told by his boss to get the tank loaded as soon as the transporter arrived, The Vickers chaps had padlocked the turret down , and locked the drivers hatch from inside but at that time nobody had shown them (Vickers)if you jump on the loaders hatch the handles spring back and you can get into the vehicle Neither of usthem had driven the tank , but the other chap there drove it up on the transporter commanded by the TROG corporal standing on the top of the ANTAR the tank went up , and as it dropped down it landed on the L shaped locator plate on the transporter bed, landing on the track,with it between the rear two wheels and when Jimmythe driver tried to move it forward, under instruction from the commander standing on the transporter , it swung to one side , and it showed up something that nobody had thought about, the rear of the tank was very heavy and a little slewing over the side of the transporter bed caused it to drop down onto its side then slowly, very very slowly it then went over centre and landed upside down on the turret ,between the transporter and the wall of the building the driver scurried out the drivers hatch like a rabbit being chased by a ferret, I,the other chap then went inside through the hatch to turn the engine off , only to find Vickers had changed the usual switches and controls for some fancy box with bells and knobs instead of just flip switches like a real tank has as the engine had run upside down for a number of minutes it did it no good at al
He was not charged with disobeying a direct order, he attended the relevant boards of enquiry and no action , disciplinary or other wise was taken, although the Pissed off chaps from Vickers wanted
mehim charged with taking a vehicle without the owners permission, but were told to do one , if they hadn't pissed off before it was to be loaded it would never have happened...and Ihe can't have been in that much shit, as he was promoted to Sergeant a few months later,
so forget the urban myths , this tale is as close to the truth as anyone will get
( and yes folks I was that soldier
Having done SPEARPOINT and LIONHEART I too was a Demi-god umpire on CRUSADER and had the dubious privilege of umpiring, IIRC - an element of US AB who had put in a linear ambush. It was textbook until I realised a majority of the kill group were all wearing the mirror shades that were de rigour at the time. It was like a searchlight parade down 5th AvenueI to was on umpire duty, Driving OC 4, 22 sigs, and heard about the many mishaps and total cock ups, never witnessed any.
Phantom Bungle, that takes me back. It really was The Wacky Races at that wash down. Our lot actually started marshalling it.1988 I was a young 432 driver on exercise phantom budge as an umpire vehicle Trundling along in convoy following the little light and the zebra crossing patch, night was Black as coal. Convoy stops, I fall asleep (as you do) commander taps me on the shoulder, I pull back on the tillers foot down without thinking, half asleep, loud bang, the front of the wagon goes up in the air, the American officer who’s commanding me jumps up bangs me in the helmet and shouts “stop”. I suddenly see a hatch open right in front of me, turns out a Chief had sunk in the mud, the two land rovers I was following had obviously gone around. Not this little black duck, straight into the back of one of the demo tank boys wagons. Destroyed their back bins, nearly ended up on the back decks, the tank commander went mental on me, USA officer thought it was hilarious, rood him to chill out and on we went. Next day was endex. Quickly washed down my truck and went home for the weekend. Don’t suppose that would happen these days. The Friday afternoon race to the wash down point was a joy to behold.
As umpire vehicles we had a command wagon, with a sigs bod in the back who became commander. Completely untrustworthy if I'm honest. I remember once flat out in my MK2 coming up from Imber Warminster side. I was flat out down the hill to the wash down point, Tank sqn had got there before us. Full of mud. Pulled on the tillers, wagon just kept going in the mud slid all the way across the WDP and did a half turn into the bank. Just caught sight of my Pl Sgt in the spin. Proper in the shitte 6,8 and 10 for us both all weekend. Oh how we laughed.Phantom Bungle, that takes me back. It really was The Wacky Races at that wash down. Our lot actually started marshalling it.