I was in the bar at JSPC (Lippspringe), bored witless 'cos it was wet and windy . . . we were all reading books, playing "Scrabble", pinball . . . and then this news broke on BFBS radio (a week after Delta Force went titsup en-route to the US embassy in Tehran)
Feckin' bedlam . . .
Since then, I have (through skydiving) met every bloke who was on every balcony.
He was an instructor at Netheravon, and over time seemed to have been in every position, on every balcony, in every BBC news shot ever taken.
A true force multiplier.
I think he must have been the inspiration for "The Agent" in The Matrix. . . .
Damn, I remember that. I was a 17 yr old apprentice tradesman in REME at the time. The TV got switched from what we where watching to live coverage as we watched. I did not have a bloody clue what was going on as I watched it live.
I was kinda proud once it was explained after the event.
I was a regular in a respectable Bangkok Lounge when the Embassy Siege happened.
Most customers where former US military, John drank the health of the Men that day and for several more as well, didn't cost me a Baht.
Made you proud to be British.
We were on guard that night (AAC Harrogate).Duty officer did not know what was happening, so all on stag over 17 were issued rifles instead of pick-helves, and 60 rounds. I had only ever fired about 10 full bore rounds at that stage. It was very exciting, but a good job nobody tried to jhump the wire that night.
Maggie took us all to Pizza Hut on Oxford Street, the lads from 49 Para started to trash the place towards the end of the night, high on slush puppies and the jelly beans, off the free ice creams. Her detectives had to sneak her out the back door.
Pete R@******* had popped out to the bookies before it all kicked off, so avoided the round of sackings that inevatibly followed when he and Pete DLB came back. Funny that they both had a trouser leg rolled up, but not a soul remarked on it.
The only surviving Terrorist applied for and was refused asylum 2 years ago but has not and in all likelihood will NEVER be deported as it would breach his human rights.
How did this great and good country get in such a mess.