Iraq Desert Storm tanker interview

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  1. Hello all: I found this while poking around on the web this morning. This is a combat camera interview from February 1991 with Captain Damian Homkins, a squadron 2/ic in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

    I joined ARRSE a few days ago and am a retired armor soldier of the US Army.

    keep chargin', Mark
  2. Just a hint, we don't call ourselves "tankers", we call ourselves "Tankies", "Cavalrymen" or "Gods gift to women".
  3. nice website - thanks :)
  4. JINGO

    JINGO War Hero Book Reviewer

    Welcome Red enjoy it for what it is....and remember non of the abuse traded is ever that personal!!!
  5. Damian the 'Devil Child'! He is/was actually a 'Tankie' on attachment to ScotsDG at the time! :D
  6. Good vid! I was also an attached Tankie but with "C" Sqn. ScotsDG.
  7. The most interesting thing about that interview was trying to establish what menu the compo box was.
  8. Hey guys: Appreciate the welcome. I was a cavalry scout for most of my career, and served on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. I was in the 1st ID during the Gulf War and in the video, the British officer mentioned the Iraqi 25th ID. They were the front line enemy defender on the berm line in our sector and my division made the assault on G-Day through their defenses. Your 1st UK Armoured Division was echeloned behind us and passed through our lines on G-Day to take up their place in the Corps frotntage. One of my enduring memories of that time was watching your units moving through our breach lines and seeing all the Union Jacks and pendants flying off the antennas.

    During Desert Shield we had British and American units scattered together all across the desert. We did quite a bit of trading. Your rations were way better than ours. My favorite was baconburgers.

    Here's another video from the same web site that shows some British Soldiers during the war.

    cheers, Mark
  9. You obviously didn't try treacle pudding :dead:
  10. It couldn't be any worse than some of the stuff they put into MREs....
  11. When I went through I remember seeing a large sign on the berm reading "Your now entering Iraq courtesy of The Big Red One." One of yours? It's scary to think that it was 17 years ago now.
  12. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    BFBS Germany about 1982. Film of The Big Red One came out. The BFBS presenter couldn't figure out why it was a war film and not a porn film.

    Like the old joke about a turd burglar coming out of the cinema whinging that Grand Prix was all about motor racing.
  13. Nice one Red, I'm ex-cavalry, Chieftain Regiment, worked with some of your boys from the 'Hell on Wheels' in the mid to late 70's in West Germany. They were based in Bremen.
  14. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    We must have passed the very same spot then. I seem to remember it said 'You are entering occupied Iraq, courtesy of the Big Red One'. :) I lost the photo of the sign some years ago sadly. :(
  15. On reflection I'm sure it wasn't "your." :oops: Whatever the sign said, by the time I got there, they were probably on their second or third revision. It's a shame Granby was pre digital. All I've got to go by is a dodgy memory and half a dozen photos blagged off mates.