I'll just move back to blighty and shag all the lonely wives
Strangely, though I was long out and had nothing to do with Granby I did manage to find myself involved in the Iraq invasion 2003. My DNBC skills were commandered by the Saudi battlefield evacuation hospital and MASH unit at KKMC Hafr Al Batin where I set up a decontamination unit to test/train Saudi military nurses in appropriate techniques.........by the time a US one star asked me for a briefing and precisely what our capability was in that respect I was able to satisfy his inquiry with considerable precision......"we don't have any capability". He said "son (I was 55 at the time), you are the only son of a bitch that hasn't wasted my time today" before handing me a gold medalion, saluting and exiting stage left. Another hospital was mobilized for the task a bit further south closer to the form up area near NuayriyahSame year I joined. We had the webbing gaiters until 69 when I got to Cyprus and we had to wear puttees with hosetops and boots DMS with shorts. If you opted to wears shoes (BATA) on shift then it was long socks with boy scout tabs in Corps colours to hold them up. Senior were allowed to buy desert wellies from the NAAFI (and only the NAAFI) if they purchased the tailor made OG/KD kit from the camp tailor.
(I'm talking of the ankle puttees, not the one that went right up to your knees like some on here may have).
Now, Back to the future. If they want someone to show them around Kuwait I could be available. Didn't get all the way up to Iraq nor even fire a shot in a pique of upsettidness let alone in anger. That was the time we had a shit fest named Op Granby whilst the Spams had the cool Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
I'll only go if I can still get my OAP annual updates, though.
recruit cadre of 10 Para in 1977 was issued with ankle puttees to go with our midi ankle high boots. I thought the puttees were quite good for supporting that area of the leg and keeping whatever earth/gravel we encountered while crawling around out of the boot.54 and wore puttees for two and a half years
did the Saudi nurses arrive on a bus?Strangely, though I was long out and had nothing to do with Granby I did manage to find myself involved in the Iraq invasion 2003. My DNBC skills were commandered by the Saudi battlefield evacuation hospital and MASH unit at KKMC Hafr Al Batin where I set up a decontamination unit to test/train Saudi military nurses in appropriate techniques.........
I’d be more impressed if you’d said you were smashing a 19 year old.Of course, us ‘old duffers’ have actually done a bit in our time and having left our respective Bns, now do other things, which would come in very useful indeed, if the shit hits the fan.
Me...ex-met firearms and now a Paramedic. Also still smashing a BFT like a 19 year old.
Don’t write us off. You may be pleased that us ‘old duffers’ are there.
Never mind the Dinky toys, if there are any old Chieftains packed in grease I’d like permission to volunteer. Half an hour and I reckon I could be back up to speed. The first 25 minutes might be taken with me getting in it, though.62 and Black puttees all the way!
Can we keep our CVRT please, giz a cabby I can drive them
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