Radfan Operations

#1
Came across this 25 minute clip, I don't know whether it's been mentioned on ARRSE before. According to the BBC, it only got a very limited showing in East Anglia in 1964.

The infantry at the beginning and later are 1 Royal Anglian and the mountain piquets are 1 Royal Scots or 1 KOSB, the Ferrets are from 4 RTR and 16/5th Lancers.

Interesting to see shots of the Belvedere ('the flying banana')

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Soldier in the Sun
 
#3
Great bit of film. Better made than the packages we get from the BBC now.
 
#4
What a find. The last days of empire brings brings back more than a few memories.
 
#5
Am I being special needs? I can't seem to watch it for some reason. Could someone humour me and explain how to find/ watch the clip. My father in-law was Royal Scots in Aden at that time and will probably want to watch it.
 
#6
Fascinating stuff. Well done for tracking it down. I had relatives on the fringes of that campaign and their tales make more sense to me after seeing that. One of them wrote a poem-
Farewell, then, Aden;
******** of the world.
Goodbye is not worthwhile.

He was a modern poet of course.
 
#7
The last governor of Aden said something along the lines of "When we leave this place, only two British things will remain- the game of Association Football and the expression **** Off".
 

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#8
Three things! There were one or two interestingly - coloured children who used to hang around the streets of Ma'alla. I often wondered what happened to them when we all left. Particularly the one with ginger hair and freckles!
 
#9
Chap I work with was there with 45, 1965 - 7.He was wounded in his shoulder on the Dhala Road: casevac (Twin Pin) to Khormaksar, then moved to Nairobi.Apparently, Nairobi was less humid,and the wound healed more quickly.
 
#10
Am I being special needs? I can't seem to watch it for some reason. Could someone humour me and explain how to find/ watch the clip. My father in-law was Royal Scots in Aden at that time and will probably want to watch it.
I've got the same problem as I live abroad & the beeb in its wisdom wont permit me to download it!
 
#11
Chap I work with was there with 45, 1965 - 7.He was wounded in his shoulder on the Dhala Road: casevac (Twin Pin) to Khormaksar, then moved to Nairobi.Apparently, Nairobi was less humid,and the wound healed more quickly.
That's a fact. I joined late '66. It seemed policy in those times that even broken limb injuries were returned to UK for 'quicker' healing. Exotic postings such as Singapore were included in this as I recall.
 
#13
Enjoyed watching that, even though I was in bahrain the priority on tea, fags, and dapper shorts were the same.and the unique smell of those souks remain with me to this day.
 
#15
What a find this is. Dad was out in Aden from 66 till HMS Bulwark took them out in 67 and I was subjected to slide shows of the Dhala road, Queen Victorias statue and Crater.
Thanks.
 
#17
Filmed a couple of years after we were there,11H,but some familiar scenes there of Dhala runs with Hunters whistling over at zero feet.Relatively quiet in '61,but a Brigadier managed to get shot on a Dhala run,think an APL next to him died.
 

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#18
I'd forgotten the 'bumboats' trying desperately to flog stuff to the £10 Poms on their way to new lives in Australia.

And now I have a much better idea of what George the Para (who now does The Regimental Association Stall at Weymouth) was doing up in the Radfan.


Fancy Khormaksar being as busy as 'London Airport' too!
 
#19
Filmed a couple of years after we were there,11H,but some familiar scenes there of Dhala runs with Hunters whistling over at zero feet.Relatively quiet in '61,but a Brigadier managed to get shot on a Dhala run,think an APL next to him died.
Khaki drill. Lovely!
 
#20
Not so warry, but those who were there may remember the swing park near the 'Under Fives' Club' in Ma'alla

And this beach, which will be either Telegraph Bay or Elephant Bay.
 

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