Operation Nimrod - from the perspective of The Met

#1
Hello,

Whilst clips from this production regularly surface in the numerous documentaries about the Hereford Gun Club's famous London outing, I don't ever recall seeing the whole thing.


It's an interesting look at the Embassy siege from the point of view of the Met with some quite illuminating footage contained therein.

Apologies if the existence of this video is common knowledge but it was a new one on me..
 
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#2
It's frightening to think that it happened 36 years ago.
 
#4
I was amused at the bit at 20.06, the negotiator was telling a terrorist that there were no suspicious movements when the first explosion occurred, he then repeated that in the following seconds before voice comms stopped.
 

Tyk

War Hero
#5
Ive not seen that before, really interesting. It was all over the news of course, but nothing like as detailed about the Police operation.

I didn't know that the fire did so much damage either.

I do wonder if they could do that again in today's world of uncontrolled comms, cameras and data feeds everywhere. They would have to set up a massive exclusion zone and all sorts of electronic interference after taking over all the cell towers, WiFi and broadcast thingumies.
 
#6
36 years and I can still remember how myself & the rest of my team felt whilst on the balcony just before we went in. There will be a reunion on the 40th anniversary.
Going to need a massive venue for it.

On a serious note, interesting vid. I liked the Euan Lloyd production style music.
 
#7
I didn't know that the fire did so much damage either.
I remember my Dad driving my brothers & I up into London a good few months after the thing ended and being very aware that the place was still pretty much just a blackened shell with a bit of blue tarpaulin on top.
 
#8
I remember my Dad driving my brothers & I up into London a good few months after the thing ended and being very aware that the place was still pretty much just a blackened shell with a bit of blue tarpaulin on top.
it stayed a blacked shell for years, used to see it when visiting my cousin who was stationed in the pony club barracks down the road.
 

DTBA

Old-Salt
#9
If such an event were to happen again, would UKSF take responsibility or would it remain with the police?
 
#10
If such an event were to happen again, would UKSF take responsibility or would it remain with the police?
The question you should really be asking is will any of the door kickers be sporting porn star moustaches.
 
#11
It's frightening to think that it happened 36 years ago.
And yet within 36 minutes fat pub bores were claiming to have been on the balcony ;)
 
#12
If such an event were to happen again, would UKSF take responsibility or would it remain with the police?
I guess it depends on the fanaticism and willingness to 'die for the cause' of the potential naughty persons.

Police these days are an awful lot handier - in terms of weaponry available and tactics deployable - but if we were presented with a similar situation, perhaps perpetrated by IS/Daesh/whatever we're calling them this week, I reckon it's a pretty safe bet that those with a penchant for Mexican 'taches & urban abseiling would be getting a call before very long.
 
#13
I guess it depends on the fanaticism and willingness to 'die for the cause' of the potential naughty persons.

Police these days are an awful lot handier - in terms of weaponry available and tactics deployable - but if we were presented with a similar situation, perhaps perpetrated by IS/Daesh/whatever we're calling them this week, I reckon it's a pretty safe bet that those with a penchant for Mexican 'taches & urban abseiling would be getting a call before very long.
Imagine would probably be mixture of the two depending on the situation. If it was a slow time hostage job, armed police would probably do the cordon until SF turn up, whereas a Paris style job would be as and when people get on scene.


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#14
One of the few things I remember from that (apart from them cancelling a perfectly good John Wayne film on TV - gutted as I was only a wee kid and it was one of the rare occasions I was allowed to stay up late) is the bravery of the Constable Lock GM (at least according to the accounts I read some years later).

Decent little article from the Indy here - the phrase quiet hero springs to mind.

The private trauma of Constable Lock, quiet hero of the Iranian
 
#16
If such an event were to happen again, would UKSF take responsibility or would it remain with the police?
It would be a matter for the police until the commissioner (or chief constable outside London) requested MACP. The big difference from 1980, however, is that it's highly unlikely that the authorities will get two or three days for negotiations, allowing them time to get their ducks in a row and develop appropriate action plans. Instead, we'll get an unannounced mass of 999 calls from terrified members of the public in various locations all describing individual or groups of males brassing up restaurants, nightclubs, train stations and the like, followed by media reports of explosions on buses and the underground. If we end up with a denoument like we saw in Madrid or Paris, with terrorists hunted down to an apartment, I've little doubt that the SAS would take the lead in breaking such a siege, but with the best will in the world, unless you placed a full squadron on immediate 24/7 readiness in Chelsea Barracks, the major response to today's threat will be provided by the Met.
 
#20
On exercise in Soltau.

Missed this AND Mount St Helens blowing its top!


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