Fetch your Sunray...

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  1. I seem to remember being told whilst at Bovvy that along with sunray being the designation for an AFV commander during the cold war there was also a codeword for the gunner, operator and driver. Any of the old and bold out there able to tell me what they were? Nice one, fear naught...
  2. Gunner - Shelldrake
    Driver - Playtime
    Can't remember what the Loader was - Starlight?
  3. Starlight was soley for medics.

  4. 'Pronto'! :D
  5. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Brew bitch? :D
  6. Sunray was in fact the name for a unit/sub-unit commander and his 2ic was Sunray minor. This was true throughout the army so in the same was an AFV commander was Sunray call sign *** The CO would be Sunray Call sign 0. As a Sgt i/c a battery fitters section I was sunray callsign 18 on the battery net.
    This ties in with the old names fro different arms e.g.
    Tanks -Ironside
    REME -Bluebell
    and so on.
  7. Yep, I had a feeling Starlight was snakey-related, but it was a long time ago.
  8. Small, however very wriggly. Thats us snakes!!

  9. msr

    msr LE



    SUNRAY --------- Commander
    MOONBEAM ------- Chief of Staff
    SEAGULL -------- Operations / Adjutant
    BOXWOOD -------- General Staff (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical)
    ACORN ---------- Intelligence
    MANHOLE -------- Administrative Staff
    MOLAR ---------- Logistics Staff / Quartermaster
    NUTSHELL ------- Q Staff / Equipment
    CONROD --------- Air Defence
    SPYGLASS ------- Air Reconnaissance
    BASEBALL ------- Air Traffic Controller
    ATOLL ---------- Air Transport Support Operations
    HAWKEYE -------- Land Air
    IRONSIDE ------- Armour
    SHOTGUN -------- Armament Officer
    SHELDRAKE ------ Artillery
    CRACKER -------- Locating Battery / Arty Intelligence
    HOLDFAST ------- Engineer / Airfield Construction
    FORTUNE -------- Forward Air Controller
    GLOWWORM ------- Ground Liaison Officer
    FOXHOUND ------- Infantry
    STARLIGHT ------ Medical
    CONTRACTOR ----- Movements Staff
    RICKSHAW ------- Ordinance
    WATCHDOG ------- Provost
    BLUEBELL ------- Electrical / Mechanical Engineering
    PRONTO --------- Signals
    PLAYTIME ------- Supply and Transport
    METEOR --------- Meteorological
    GOLDFINGER------ Paymaster
    SKYPILOT-------- Padre
  10. Daft question time: but do we not use these anymore, or has Bowman changed the need for generic codes?

  11. Don't forget:

    GREENFINCH - WRAC searcher
    SCUM - RMP (only joking)
  12. Just sunray and skypilot survive to my knowledge and skypilot is used as
    slang .
  13. Greenfinch was female RUC IIRC?
  14. Rucksack was the RUC.

    Edited for failing brain function.
  15. I always thought Greenfinch = female UDR.

    The Ulster Defence Regiment