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Op Banner photos - some memories for the old and bold

A credible display of restraint I would say. :cool:
Considering the police were there, standing back, not getting involved and watching the show!
 
Deliver this or the family gets it..... certainly would help with with Hermes or Yodel.
 
I was operating Lynx in the Aughnacloy area in ‘80. I can assure you that it would have been an AAC aircraft. There is a chance that the aircraft commander was an RAF exchange pilot but a slim one.

Why was he a tosser?
Because he tried to pick up a platoon in a Lynx?. Unless he had a net...
 
You'd hope but considering the average IQ of one the above companies lower echelons...........
"Number challenged"...... but do you have a driving licence from anywhere in the world? A false one will do.
 
Used to use the 25m range there a lot as unlike Thiepval you could get a car onto the firing point - also had a couple of portakabins as a 'training wing'. I can vouch for the effect of the glue factory!
I had a very happy morning on there when some RUC lads turned up with a Thompson, a Garand, an M3, several M10s and a shedload of ammunition. Eventually we got bored of filling the M10 mags...
 
The RUC one was at XMG, the HLS was outside the back gate and understandably people did not hang around. A Scout landed and a police officer jumped out and ran around the back straight into the tail rotor.
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During Pre Banner intensive flying in Bünde, a blackie Sgt walked into the end of a scout blade (in the hangar) and knocked himself out cold.
20 mins later, we’re in the NAAFI hearing that he’s been decapitated and his brains are all over the pan. Rumour Control at it’s finest...
 

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LE
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LE
Thinking on after all of these years. How quickly things moved. I was a pall bearer at Chris's funeral just eight days after his murder. The battalion was officially handing over and leaving the province that week.
 

Choux Bun

Swinger
The doors were painted green :grin:

Edit: I am a bit slow this morning......it is part of the interior of Repton Manor, Ashford - the then Specialist Intelligence Wing used to train agent handlers for the FRU - now refurbished as a business centre or similar
There was a similar set-up in the JSIO compound opposite.
 

9.414

War Hero
From the quote in your link, no re-'doubt' about it. (The army constructed a mock-up of a street of buildings in the interior, for training in urban warfare.)
More digging required on this one.
Not really, HHH gave the answer to it above. It was for identifying weapon types etc being fired at you. A nicely controlled environment for live overhead and flanking fire. With echo of streets etc. ... although I am an echo with the response so far after others!!

I can commend it for very realistic training too. I went through it that range and was pleasantly surprised to find that shortly afterwards in NI I very accurately identified the firing point of a .223 at about 150yds from the crack and thump. Unfortunately the firer on the second occasion had not followed the Pam 21 guidance on required safety distances so it did make my ears ring! However he was obviously alert to the penetration powers of 7.62mm coming back his way and took appropriate precautions ...
 
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Not really, HHH gave the answer to it above. It was for identifying weapon types etc being fired at you. A nicely controlled environment for live overhead and flanking fire. With echo of streets etc. ... although I am an echo with the response so far after others!!

I can commend it for very realistic training too. I went through it that range and was pleasantly surprised to find that shortly afterwards in NI I very accurately identified the firing point of a .223 at about 150yds from the crack and thump. Unfortunately the firer on the second occasion had not followed the Pam 21 guidance on required safety distances so it did make my ears ring! However he was obviously alert to the penetration powers of 7.62mm coming back his way and took appropriate precautions ...
I may have been making an erroneous comparison with Dymchurch. The last time I saw it, the remains of some vehicles used, I presume, in anti ambush drills, had been shoved/left in the 'moat' completed with bullet holes. I have no idea what it was used for, other than CQB with shorts. I have, I think, a couple of images.
the redoubt.jpg
Redoubt car.jpg
 

HE117

LE
I may have been making an erroneous comparison with Dymchurch. The last time I saw it, the remains of some vehicles used, I presume, in anti ambush drills, had been shoved/left in the 'moat' completed with bullet holes. I have no idea what it was used for, other than CQB with shorts. I have, I think, a couple of images.View attachment 542873View attachment 542874
"Shorts"?

Are we referring to items of clothing or 7.62x39mm M43 perchance?

... or it could be .22RF Short of course....?
 
I may have been making an erroneous comparison with Dymchurch. The last time I saw it, the remains of some vehicles used, I presume, in anti ambush drills, had been shoved/left in the 'moat' completed with bullet holes. I have no idea what it was used for, other than CQB with shorts. I have, I think, a couple of images.View attachment 542873View attachment 542874

Sangar shoots. The inner wall nearest the camera was covered in sangars. The idea was to practice identifying targets, yellow card, firing from the sangar and contact reports.
 

Fat POM

Old-Salt
Sangar shoots. The inner wall nearest the camera was covered in sangars. The idea was to practice identifying targets, yellow card, firing from the sangar and contact reports.
Yes, IIRC half day monitoring your arc with maybe one contact through the stag. Practice ROE, contact reports and fire discipline.
 

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