COMPETITION - Bomb Hunters by Sean Rayment

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#1
The second book competition is for the chance to win a copy of the book by Sean Rayment on the work of the EOD guys, the dangers, stresses and courage of these people. A job I would never have the nerve to do. This is a superb book which is currently being reviewed for ARRSE; once the review is received I will put up and link in. In the meantime here are the reviews from Amazon.

For your chance to win go to the entry form on Survey Monkey and complete the answers correctly. As ever – RTFQ before answering.

BOMB HUNTERS by Sean Rayment
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This is a brilliant opportunity to get a copy of this book and read about the exploits of the men and women whose task it is to get rid of IEDs.

The competition will run until midnight (ARRSE time) Saturday 13[SUP]th[/SUP] August.
 
#4
I'm not entering this one, so someone else can win it. :)

I bought a copy a few days ago, FFS !!! :pissedoff:
 
#5
Done question 3 is hard!!!
It's a bit unfair. I know operators who cant define a CAT A.

In the interest of fairness.

"A Category A incident refers to a situation where there is an immediate and grave threat to life or operationally essential infrastructure. EOD operations are to commence immediately, regardless of risk to the operator"

It's usually a 'name your medal' situation, unless you're me then it's a bollocking for not referring up to the CO - even though that's the SDOs job - that may sound bitter, but it's not its the story of my life/careers and I'm laughing.
 

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Unfair! I like that - suits me :) And this coming from someone who is supposed to know the biz.

Anyway, all answers are in Google and if I can find then so can you.

This is going to be an interesting competition! :)

Bribes to be sent to me in the usual fashion.
 
#7
It's a bit unfair. I know operators who cant define a CAT A.

In the interest of fairness.

"A Category A incident refers to a situation where there is an immediate and grave threat to life or operationally essential infrastructure. EOD operations are to commence immediately, regardless of risk to the operator"

It's usually a 'name your medal' situation, unless you're me then it's a bollocking for not referring up to the CO - even though that's the SDOs job - that may sound bitter, but it's not its the story of my life/careers and I'm laughing.
By the way, you are mentioned, a few times in this book.
 

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I'm not entering this one, so someone else can win it. :)

I bought a copy a few days ago, FFS !!! :pissedoff:
Thank **** for that!
 
#9
By the way, you are mentioned, a few times in this book.
I know, usually about being cut in half with my guts hanging out.

Nice of Rayment to respect my wishes and wait for the inquest.
 
#10
I know, usually about being cut in half with my guts hanging out.

Nice of Rayment to respect my wishes and wait for the inquest.
The Royalties were probably more important.

Did he interview you for the book, and did you get any say on what he wrote about you ?
 
#11
I'm not entering this one, so someone else can win it. :)
I have no such qualms and will be delighted to win (again). This would go well with my recent win on the Euro Millions Lottery from which I received the princely sum of £5.80.
 
#12
The Royalties were probably more important.

Did he interview you for the book, and did you get any say on what he wrote about you ?
No and no.
 
#13
Thanks for the reply, sorry if I seem nosey or have been intrusive.
It's just that I'm reading the book and was interested.

Thanks Again
HHH
 

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#16
Saturday bump

Thanks to Dingerr for his contribution defining Cat A situations and some of you have copied his answer. However the question may be mis-leading in that I should have said what does it mean to the operator. Many have Googled and come up with the answer I have, and which I have shared with Dingerr; however because of the confusion, I am going to accept those few who have copied and pasted Dingerr's reply - given below again - but after this post, I will not.

Dig deeper and find out what that situation means to the person whose task it is to walk the walk.

Dinger's response from above

"A Category A incident refers to a situation where there is an immediate and grave threat to life or operationally essential infrastructure. EOD operations are to commence immediately, regardless of risk to the operator"
is a definition of a Cat A - what I am looking for is what does that analysis of the situation mean to the operator - how does he/she deal with it?

Sorry for any confusion, and any complaints will be referred to the Competitions Review Committee for adjudication :)
 
#17
Or more specifically what equipment and/or actions can the operator dispense with that he would be mandated to use with other IED situations.
 
#20
I asked a colleague who was in Iraq with TA, although he said that they didn't really have IED's but he sent me this
AMENDMENT#93489321 (4TH EDITION) TO UK FORCES (Afghanistan) SOPs: ACTIONS ON: Improvised Explosive Device(Ied)

1. Household Cavalry. Regard IED with haughty disdain and rustle Daily Telegraph angrily. Maintain presence of IED in Knightsbridge is "absolutely preposterous". Return to regimental main effort of defending Central London from the roundheads.

2. Cavalry. Declare IED as best thing since tinned champagne, hold impromptu Pimms party to celebrate. Declare subsequent IED detonation as even more "wizard prang", extend Pimms party and incorporate mandatory drinking of champagne from remains of IED as regimental custom for next 300 years.

3. Footguards. Reduce words-of-command and halting in quick time to a minimum. Deploy No.1 fatigue party in close-order to polish IED to acceptable standard, followed by No.2 fatigue party to paint IED blue-red-blue and swab immediate area. IED detonated by massed bands. Deploy 2 X Battalions- worth of fatigue parties to swab resulting mess.

4. Armoured Infantry. Fail to see IED. Crush IED. On realising error, detract attention by initiating faked contact against nearest dwelling using all available weapon systems. Hide remains of IED in sidebin.

5. Light-Role Infantry. Find IED. Fail to find solution to IED due to environmental differences to Salisbury Plain. Attempt cordon operation and set a new world record for miles of mine tape used. Withdraw to COB under cover of mine tape.

6. Parachute Regt. Decide IED is a "hat". Deploy most junior paratrooper to "crack the hat's skull". Call the junior paratrooper a "hat" when he gets blown up by IED. Remind all others that they are "hats" because they weren't there.

7. Royal Marines. Declare that IED is "hoofing". Get junior men naked with IED as an initiation. Turn IED into an improvised free-weight for bench pressing. Indent for extra, extra supplementary rations from "the galley". Hoofing.

8. SAS. Deploy bearded men 200km behind IED using HALO-Landrover-Submarine insertion. Tab into area of IED and capture IED alive. Smuggle IED out in burka and extract to UK . Write a book per team member, all with hugely differing accounts of the OP.

9. SBS. Get into black rubber suits. Steal IED as above. Construct black rubber suit for IED. Move to a special swimming pool and do bad, bad things with black-rubber-coated-IED. Turn on wave machine and let things get properly nasty. Be very grateful for UKSF non-disclosure policy.

10. SRR. Dig hole in ground to hide in. Proceed to watch IED for ten days to make association to Bravos. Divert entire Brigades assets onto tasking. Manage to maintain dignity when informed three weeks later that it's a small rock and not an IED.

11. Royal Artillery. Level entire area ten square kilometres around IED. IED still functional. Repeatedly remind everyone that artillery neutralizes, it doesn't destroy. Create promotional video of IED neutralization with images of Apache and accompanying Tina Turner soundtrack.

12. Medical Corps. Send out a fit hottie to chat-up IED. Fit hottie lightly dabs a damp cloth over the IED to keep it cool and offers reassuring words. Ends up sleeping with IED before announcing undying love and marrying it. IED later detonates when it catches her in bed with an Irish Guardsman

13. Chaplain Corp. Approach the IED preaching about The Lord, oblivious to having entered a come-on. Rounds from nearby insurgents pass over and around the Padre without harming him. IED attempts to detonate and fails as some mysterious force prevents it from engaging. IED is later found giving sermons to scared soldiers new into theatre.

14. Royal Engineers. Destroy IED using charge with 10-times explosive content of IED. Build SQN bar in crater. Use second massive charge to blow second crater in which to build & celebrate opening of SQN bar/gym complex with BBQs every night for the rest of tour. IED appears on next SQN t-shirt.

15. Royal Signals. IED self destructs to avoid WESTLANDS BOWMANISATION.

16. BFBS Radio DJ's. Send shout-out on BFBS Radio 1 to IED wishing it good luck and playing 'I Will Survive'. IED detonates out of shame and embarrassment.

17. Royal Military Police. Issue IED with penalty fine of £1000 for loitering and not having FFD/Tourniquet/Morphine. IED detonates in anger and annoyance at the
monkeys wasting its time. Surviving RMP's issue IED with penalty charge for littering.

18. Army Air Corps. Identify ideal opportunity to prove AAC has an offensive role and is not just a taxi service. Launch TOW missile at IED. Missile fails due to armaments contract being given to cheapest bidder. Accept that was the AAC's only missile and disband.

19. Intelligence Corps. Deny existence of IED to unit reporting IED, as they are not sufficiently cleared. Issue BG's with a list of int-based questions to ask IED. Study Q&A analysis and find two main results:
A-Suggest IED may detonate having studied trend analysis of previous IED's
B-Claim it's part of a come-on involving 400 insurgents and Iranian heavy-armour, as that's what the guy who cleans the toilets told them.

20. Div/Bde Headquarters. Issue IED with a notification of controlled explosion. IED ignores/deletes message, as does the rest of theatre.

21. RLC. Get pictures taken whilst posing next to IED with another Units GPMG. IED detonates due to someone making a video call on their mobile phone.

22. RAF. Send the RFS out to investigate IED; fail to notice they never come back. RFS patrol later found upside down in a WMKII in a ditch, in Syria . Patrol Commander admits to being a 'bit unsure about his position', is informed his position is now 'Private'

23.Navy. Procla im IED as a figment of the Army's imagination. Go on a Mediterranean cruise for 3 months. Come back to Middle East waters. Proclaim IED as a figment of the Army's imagination. (repeat indefinitely). Occasionally get taken hostage to relieve the monotony.

24. American Army. Send out a patrol in a hummer with Rhino deployed, then send out a Spectre gunship to destroy the nearest local village in retribution for when it all goes horribly, horribly wrong.

25. Australian Army. Threaten to withdraw entire countries assets from theatre as they heard a rumour there was an IED identified 50 miles south of their position. Demand hand-holding by other already over-stretched British units and then complain when we make them actively look for more IEDs'.

26. Romanian Army. Confuse IED with their gibberish native tongue. Sign the IED onto their stores and attempt to make it part of their armaments supply due to under funding by a government that's abandoned them.

27. Danish Army. Arrive in theatre and promptly invite IED to their camp to join in their BBQ and Drinks sessions held every night. Eventually starve to death as they'd forgot how to open their camp gates on account of having never left. IED detonates to attract attention and help.

28. Iraq Army. Tip up five days after IED reported. Cordon area, remove IED. Corrupt elements of IA then move IED five hundred yards further along road and bury. Assure MND(SE) that area is now clear.

29. Iraq Civilian. 20 Dig up IED, take to nearest MND(SE) post and attempt to sell IED. Upon refusal, attempts to sell IED to MJAM. MJAM take IED and bury it at target area. Civilian digs up IED, takes to nearest MND(SE) post and attempts to sell IED. And so on.

30. UK Aid Worker. Show complete disregard for IED, fail to adhere to Foreign Office warnings on IED's, pay no attention to MND(SE) briefs on IED's and wonder what went wrong when their convoy gets destroyed by IED.

I'm not sure if Q3 is specific as I can't get back in to have another go
 
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