We took over from them twice, in my youth. First in Paderborn, spring of 1975, and again at Palace Bks in 1979 (Autumn, as I recall the weather - but it's hard to tell The seasons apart there, some years ). Good handover both times, in all respects. A good mob IMHO (4WIW).The Pompadours in Ireland, I think it's called.
There's a copy of it on Youtube.
Petrol in balloons thats a new one on me. Also I do not think there was mains gas in Strabane - Tyrone late 70s.
Oh well, sounds like yet another urban myth. Amused me then, thought that it may be true still amuses me now.
I can remember the gass works in Londonderry but not one in Strabane. But it is a good few years ago.
Put the wind up the natives though. Patrolling tackle out....Just before SA80 entered service. Can't remember which unit was first to deploy to Banner armed with it.
I do recall the look on the face of one of my Cpls, when he knelt at a street corner in Downpatrick, and with nary a sound, the crotch seams all parted, from his nuts to his knees, leaving him lookin like an Armed Chipperfields circus clown.
And as for rural work, among the blackthorns of S Armagh . . .
I could have sworn we replaced a battalion of Queen's, having had Angle Irons next door in both Catterick and Tidworth. But they were gone when I got to Paderborn, so I could easily have been wrong.I was with the Pompadours in 73 in Alanbrook,.. did they not go off to Cyprus in 75? They were certainly there in 76 as I was there at the Parachute Centre...
I know so many folks in that video - it was the C Coy Rover Gp that had to shuttle the film crew around, hence the CSM getting a bit of (undeserved) air time. The CO, Alan Behagg, ended up a 1* and most of the Coy Comds etc ended up as OF5s, my OC ended up as CO 7/10 UDR, he was awesome. My right hand is at least featured in the O Group, scribbling furiously.That's the one, brilliant, thank you.
My bold - did it clean the place up?Ref Bethnal green. An Ariel mine hit a block of pre war flats in the east end. Coronation buildings in Stoke newington, The occupants were sheltering in the basement, mostly women and kids. The building collapsed, and when the rescue squads finally got through the rubble, all were dead, most drowned from the burst mains, which was immediately above them, and the firemen,s hoses., others were gassed by the fractured mains. over 300 people died. In south London people sheltering on the platforms of an underground station in south London, drowned, when a stick of bombs breached a local reservoir, flooding the station. Hundreds drowned. Churchill suppressed the news from the general public.
As told to me by my mother, who as a young girl, lived through the worst of the blitz, and was bombed out .......twice.