Operation Motorman 1972

#1
I am currently working on a documentary about the above for UTV (the regional ITV station here)

We are trying to get it ready for the 40th anniversary in July of this year

If anybody on here wants to contribute and/ or has any photos of the time can they please contact me via this forum or email me asap on *info@northlandbroadcast.net* (without the *)

Thanks for now

Vinny Cunningham
OPEN REEL PRODUCTIONS LTD
 
#3
it was a cold wet night..........
 

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#4
I remember it well, after 40 years my memory is still as sharp as anything.

Yes Matron, I know I agreed to stop telling fibs and yes I will take my medicine now!

I do remember helping to set up a casualty board though as it was considered that PIRA might just fight back. Thankfully they did not and the board was not needed.
 
#6
I remember seeing an Ulsterbus trying to take the piss out of a Cent.....no contest.
Scratch 1x Ulsterbus, 1x Commer Tipper, 22x Fridges and a shed load of paving slabs.

We should have been allowed to paint slogans on the Cents....
'The Duncairn Gardens Dozer' or 'The Flax Street Flattener'

It would have added a little spice into our humdrum lives and taken our minds off not
having enough fcuking Medals.

Signed

Shifty, The Short Strand Shagger.
 
#7
All you need to know is that they started firing first, especially the chap up the tree. I heard the machine gun fire myself.
 
#8
All you need to know is that they started firing first, especially the chap up the tree. I heard the machine gun fire myself.
I missed you didn't I, Petal, by the way, where was this 'ere tree?
 
#10
I remember seeing an Ulsterbus trying to take the piss out of a Cent.....no contest.
Scratch 1x Ulsterbus, 1x Commer Tipper, 22x Fridges and a shed load of paving slabs.

We should have been allowed to paint slogans on the Cents....
'The Duncairn Gardens Dozer' or 'The Flax Street Flattener'

It would have added a little spice into our humdrum lives and taken our minds off not
having enough fcuking Medals.

Signed

Shifty, The Short Strand Shagger.
Were they fridges, pirate, repelling, SF, for the use of?
 

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#11
ask the same question on the 26armoured engineers facebook site , for it was they who took tanks into Belfast allbeit sans any ammunition of any type .
the roumer at the time was that customs and exercise spent two whole days searching the avres for duty fee booze an fags . Dont know if that was true coz i was in 31 AES at the time .
 
#12
When you re-enact the inevitable massacre scenes featuring British soldiers , can you at least try to get the extras to shrink their berets and stuff balled up newspaper in their webbing ? It just adds to the realism .
The other thing others always get wrong is the blokes playing soldiers are far too old , the average tom is about 19 , not 35.
 
#14
So 40 years later it all just becomes a piece of TV junk so that you creatures can flog air-time to personal injury lawyers, go-compare and boots. (You're welcome BTW)
 
#16
ask the same question on the 26armoured engineers facebook site , for it was they who took tanks into Belfast allbeit sans any ammunition of any type .
the roumer at the time was that customs and exercise spent two whole days searching the avres for duty fee booze an fags . Dont know if that was true coz i was in 31 AES at the time .
I think they were Cent AVRE's rather than tanks. The word was that the barricades were booby trapped and the AVRE with the dozer blade was needed to break through whilst protecting the crew. The fact that they were tracked vehicles was the emotive issue.
 
#18
I've still got my old beret that I wore in Northern Ireland. You can rent it off me for a gazzillion quid. I want it back though. Only problem is Motorman was a year before I got there!
 
#19
I think they were Cent AVRE's rather than tanks. The word was that the barricades were booby trapped and the AVRE with the dozer blade was needed to break through whilst protecting the crew. The fact that they were tracked vehicles was the emotive issue.
They call them Combat Engineering Tractors (CET)
 

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