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One for the Paras..clarification really.

#1
I finish work quite late (me being a sloppo these days) and popped into the barrels in Hereford for a quick pint although coming up last orders.

Sat with a mate of mine was a geezer who asked where I worked and said that he usually goes there after doing the 'mud run'...fairynuff...'I do a lot of running as I'm ex 2 Para' he continues.

Right, a fellow ex serviceman, bearing in mind I'm sat there with my veterans badge on my coat, so I engage in a bit of convo with him.

"waffle waffle blaa fucking blah"......'Oh that's nice, I'm an ex Crab' I says.


"what's a crab? I've heard of crap hat but not crab"

'Seriously? How long was you a Para?'

"14 years, 6 tours of Ireland, 3 tours of Bosnia, 2 tours of Iraq and 3 tours of Afghan"

'Well without crabs you wouldn't be a Para'

"?????"

'RAF? Crab Air? Really?'

"what brought you to Hereford?" he asks me

'I just ended up here through work, are you a 'fordian?' I reply

"yep, Aldershot, Colchester, Winchester then back here, full circle!"

'Oh right, my dad's ex army, he was a sapper'

" I know all about that as I was an assault engineer, know's all about explosives and demolitions I do!"

'Were you a wedgie then?' I asks

"No, only 2 Para but we are all trained as assault engineers, can I pinch a rizzla?"

'Yep, take it over there and roll your fag!'



There were quite a few serving and ex blades in close proximity and puzzled glances all round.

Just a couple of questions though. Does any Para not know what a crab is? (I think not, knew he was a walty fucker as soon as he asked what a crab was)

and do para's train in demolitions or is that left to the boys who wear maroon berets with the RE badge?
 
#5
Assault Engineer is 'Royal Speak' for Assault Pioneers (in terms of a AE Troop is embedded in to each Cdo).

I doubt ALL Paras in a Bn are 'trained Assault Engineers'...
 
#11
2 PARA didn't do Bosnia, (C) Bruneval Coy as it was (may have changed) has/had an Assault Engr Pl, they are officially called Assault Engineers and the nickname was The Plumbers. All trained in Dems etc.
 
#12
Der Waltenkommando only send their best and bravest to Hereford. Walting there requires cahones of steel, and a hide like steel.

He's most definately an Oberst-Waltengruppenfuhrer.

Respect.
 
#13
A quick scan of the army recruiting page seems to indicate that the Army has taken to calling the Pioneers 'Assault Engineers'...

Anyone know what an 'Assault Soldier' is btw? 10 day course to the 'Assault Pioneer' 15.
 
#15
A quick scan of the army recruiting page seems to indicate that the Army has taken to calling the Pioneers 'Assault Engineers'...

Anyone know what an 'Assault Soldier' is btw? 10 day course to the 'Assault Pioneer' 15.
Suppose as a job title it's more descriptive. Pioneer evokes images of a bloke on horseback wearing a Stetson while surveying the old west. Assault Engineer give the "yoof" something they can relate to.
 
#17
Didn't think any Para battalion did Bosnia and I'm not sure if they did Iraq other than the invasion. What a load of shit old matey is talking.
2 PARA did Telic whatever end of 2005, beginning 2006, and were replaced by the QDGs

Walting in Hereford? He must have severe mental issues.
 
#18
Didn't think any Para battalion did Bosnia and I'm not sure if they did Iraq other than the invasion. What a load of shit old matey is talking.
16x didn't do Telic after the invasion, not sure if individual battalions were dragged in. Britain's Small Wars reckon 2 Para were in Bosnia in 99, but they're the only Para Bn listed for there.
 

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