I'd always thought Verdansk was modelled on Donetsk. Every day a school day.
Going back to the mid- late 70s, each armoured brigade included a regiment ( 3 batteries), of 18 guns, FV433 Abbot 105mm.Need some advice....as ARRSE members are one of my target audiences for my BAOR document I would like to know some opinions. I am currently in the final stages of an update. This one will NOT feature the GDP as I am awaiting one final document. However it will clear some things up and add more information on equipment. I had thought to highlight the notes better. As of now i was going to leave the "technical" notes (equipment, conversion, etc) as is, but I was going to highlight the important notes and vignettes. I have attached some examples and would like opinions, does it enhance or distract, etc. I am open to any other formatting recommendations. Thank you.
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3 AD, those guns would be sent forward, one to each DAG, Tac GPS would stay (33 ABs supporting FD Regt stayed with them initially, if they had to help the Belgians)Going back to the mid- late 70s, each armoured brigade included a regiment ( 3 batteries), of 18 guns, FV433 Abbot 105mm.
Each armoured division had a further " medium" regiment made up of 2 batteries of M10 9, 155mm, at 6 guns per battery, plus a heavy battery, 4 guns, of M110, 203mm.
Corps artillery comprised 2 air defence regiments, 1 regiment of M107, 175mm guns, and 50 Missile Regiment with Lance.
Later shuffling put all the M110 batteries into a single regiment, while each medium/ 155mm regiment gained a 3rd battery of M109.
UK based medium regiments used FH70.
Unsure whether Abbot was replaced by further buys of M109 or by the British As 90, but still struggling to see where 100 guns per division came from?
Surprised at the number of canister rounds. It was effectively a shotgun round for the 76, a last resort when you were being charged by a battalion of suicide Chinese (Korea) that did as good a job on the barrel as it did on 1,000 Chinese, and in the late 70s - early 80s, we only ever saw one round per range period, assigned to the Scorpion with the most-nearly life-expired barrel, to demonstrate its effectiveness against a wall of balloons at 50m (and any pigeon unfortunate enough to fly into the cone of fire on the W of the gunner's FIRING NOW!) On return, the Scorpion got a new barrel.The stock (1 April 1991) of 76mm ammo for the Scorpion's gun were as follows: 50,560 HESH; 7,132 Canister; 6,244
Down at the Bde level in the late 80’s in 4th Armd Bde I as the SO2G2 had a SSgt and a LCpl in my Int cell with the occasional help from an Arty Int Bdr, though he seemed to spend most of his time with the Arty cell so never sure he was on my establishment or was overwhelmed by the conversational abilities of the aunt Corps guys and sought sanctuary with the Gunners.
83 Int Sect at 24 Airportable Bde '73 - '74 had a Capt, a SSgt, a Sgt, a Cpl phot (RAOC) and a Pte/LCpl. The Sgt was the step-up bloke leaving three of us for 24 hour coverage. I believe the other two sections at Airportable Bdes (81 and 82) were similarly manned. The drive home from any ex was always fun.
I’m not going to go through the 51 pages until I get back to work, in the interim....I got told by an instructor at Def CBRN Cen at Winterbourne Gunner. I'll see what I can dig out on the tinterweb
No doubt about both sides having easily portable nukes however I remain sceptical about there being 150 of them hidden in the UK and that only 148 were recovered.