Exercise Lion Sun - "Mate in a State"

#1
Flicking through a box of old photos that I've just found in the loft, I found these little gems and just had to share.

Exercise Lion Sun, Bloodhound Camp, Cyprus September 1995. The Battery having been gated for 48 hrs are allowed their first night out into Limassol but the young and newly promoted L/Bdr Pigshagger is put onto Guard Commander.

Imagine my joy at 0330hrs when my the two sprogs on the gate telephoned the Guardroom to inform me that someone was taking an age to get up the hill, having 'attempted' to sign in at the gate.

My joy was unbridled when I found it it was one of my "Bezzers" L/Bdr " Cymbeline Ears"

You probably had to be there, but it was one of the funniest thing's I'd seen. It took me the best part of fifteen minutes to carry him to his pit, and out of shot on the two photos are the a few of the best Keo and Brandy Sour pavement pizzas ever seen...

And no, it didn't make the Occurance Book.

Anyway, carry on...





Oh, and the writing on the picture says 'Piper Doon' a reference to the Scottish father that Mike Myers played in "So I married and Axe Murderer" when one of the pipers collapses at his son's wedding.

Like I say, you probably had to be there.....
 
#4
So you wouldn't have said that the road to the guardroom (The main road into camp) was something of a steep incline from the bottom, then?

Funny, because I certainly recall it was when running back into camp after PT...
 
#6
OK, having re-read that bit I see what you're saying.

What I should have written was that he took an age to get up the hill, then attempted to sign in at the gate.

Pedantic f*cker..... :D
 
#8
I was getting a running commentary from the two guys on Guard until he reached the sentry post, so my joy was unbridled when I wandered down to see who it was.

When I asked why he hadn't got a Taxi to the gate like everyone else, he apparantly honked in it about 400 yards short of the turn off for the camp on the Dhekalia Road and had been thrown out.

Fast forward twelve years and I'm a Satellite TV Engineer and he's an f*cking Armed Police Officer....

There's little justice in life...
 
#9
I remember the exercise, I remember the hill and the gdrm, I even remember you, but I can't workout who the f*ck that is on the floor. Unless he was the ginger one of your little gang!!
 
#10
LBdr_Pigshagger said:
Fast forward twelve years and I'm a Satellite TV Engineer and he's an f*cking Armed Police Officer....
Look on the bright side ...you're popular and have friends he isn't and doesn't :D
 
#11
ArseyMO said:
I remember the exercise, I remember the hill and the gdrm, I even remember you, but I can't workout who the f*ck that is on the floor. Unless he was the ginger one of your little gang!!
The bloke on the floor is "Strevs"
 
#12
Unfortunately the last Lion Sun was this year in March, Goodbye the George Pub and naked swimming pool and Nev the barmaid in the Inn down the road. :cry:
 
#14
Right, I've arrived. Time to set a few things straight, so pin your ears back and Pigshagger, get your heels together.
1. I was unwell folowing a dirty glass/dodgy kebab/bad pint etc etc.
2. I was made to drink too much by bullies.
3. Ginger!?!..........Ginger!!!
4. Pigshagger, you were never popular and never will be!
5. Anyway, my mum says I am special.

The photos only begin to explain the state I was in that night after a few quiet ones in Paphos turned into an epic. Added to which I had to be at an O Gp at 0530hrs the next morning to take my section out on the area for a couple of days. The first day was an OP exercise which saw me just about manage to nav in, then give my section sprog the 'excitement' of watching a dusty road through binos for hours while I reflected on the evils of strong drink from beneath a bush.
Happy days!
 
#16
On Lion Sun in 1998, One of our Lance Jacks (Half Cypriot so no dramas with the lingo) took so long to get up that hill, he was 12 hours after curfew and lost his tape.
We had him covered until about 1030 before the head shed worked out that he was missing.
He was kicking himself cos he woke up early enough, but thought that a bit of brekkie and giving the local bird he was with another seeing to, would make the disciplinary action worthwhile. If he would have come straight back to camp it would have been the perfect crime.

I was totally robbed by the jingly shop in Bloodhound as the gas bottles that they were flogging were not copatible with my burner, so I had to buy the whole set. And the way it burned was enough to singe the Lord Flash's gringo tache.


Top Ex though, despite Yours truly getting a b0llocking off the OC for having a pyro fight after storming the village
 
#17
The_IRON said:
Unfortunately the last Lion Sun was this year in March, Goodbye the George Pub and naked swimming pool and Nev the barmaid in the Inn down the road. :cry:
Goodbye to the Fazoolah (sp) brothers, the 'light on their feet' NAAFI employees of Bloodhound camp. For fuzzie wuzzies they certainly liked it up 'em!
 

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