RTR in the first gulf war

#1
what was the RTR contrribution in the 1st gw , i know some were armoured delivery squadron , what else did they do ? just want to know if someone is telling me the truth !!! cheers all
 
#3
They supported the effort by having their vehicles stripped for spares for those that went.

None of the Regiments of RTR went on OP GRANBY. Individuals may have, but no formed Units.
 
#4
BedIn said:
They supported the effort by having their vehicles stripped for spares for those that went.

None of the Regiments of RTR went on OP GRANBY. Individuals may have, but no formed Units.
Unfortunately I'd got out before Granby but, 3RTR at the time were in NI and, as Bedin says, when they returned to Hemer they found their CR1s literally stripped for spares!!!! The photos my muckers have shown me have CR1 hulls on huge props as all the roadwheels and tracks were missing!!!!
 
#5
If I remember correctly didn't a RTR Band provide medical support, I'm sure that they were at Camp Blackadder prior on to moving on their allocated medical units. I saw few lads that I recognised from the Band whilst I was there.

I am more than willing to be corrected on this.
 
#7
masher69 said:
cheers lads , enjoyed the book arthur good read
Thanking thee kindly zur for thee kind words. Currently on chapter 16 of the new tome!!
 
#8
BANDSMAN69 said:
If I remember correctly didn't a RTR Band provide medical support, I'm sure that they were at Camp Blackadder prior on to moving on their allocated medical units. I saw few lads that I recognised from the Band whilst I was there.

I am more than willing to be corrected on this.
Yeah they did and it was the Cambrai Staff Band that went, they were attached to 3RTR at the time and they were in NI as previously stated by A3B! For what it's worth I know of at 3 officers from 2RTR and 1 from 4RTR who were seconded to ScotsDG and 14/20 for GW1. In addition there were quite a few lads from 2RTR in the ADS.
 
#9
soprano54 said:
BANDSMAN69 said:
If I remember correctly didn't a RTR Band provide medical support, I'm sure that they were at Camp Blackadder prior on to moving on their allocated medical units. I saw few lads that I recognised from the Band whilst I was there.

I am more than willing to be corrected on this.
Yeah they did and it was called Cambrai Staff Band, they were attached to 3RTR at the time and they were in NI as previously stated by A3B! For what it's worth I know of at 3 officers from 2RTR and 1 from 4RTR who were seconded to ScotsDG and 14/20 for GW1. In addition there were quite a few lads from 2RTR in the ADS.
I took some really important notes in the Ops room in MoD and I had to brave the tube at rush hour to get there.
Once, I even spilled my coffee so had to get to the dry cleaners unescorted.
Life was a bitch, let me tell you; then we got mortared(1)

(1) The official IRA line is that they were after the PM but they would say that wouldn't they?
 
#10
I stagged on in the 'dungeon' at HQ RAC to keep the map board, casualty figures etc up to date for DRAC. Sometimes I even had to stay awake during the night if the Duty Officer decided to turn up.

ISTR a couple of the 2RTR SNCOs went to Marchwood to deliver some Bovington based challengers and got told at very short notice that they were going all the way with them, not back to Bovy. :D
 
#11
Dutchy said:
ISTR a couple of the 2RTR SNCOs went to Marchwood to deliver some Bovington based challengers and got told at very short notice that they were going all the way with them, not back to Bovy. :D
god imagine that phone call to 0A! won't be back for tea hun,
 
#12
wellard said:
Dutchy said:
ISTR a couple of the 2RTR SNCOs went to Marchwood to deliver some Bovington based challengers and got told at very short notice that they were going all the way with them, not back to Bovy. :D
god imagine that phone call to 0A! won't be back for tea hun,
Nothing changes then. I can remember my old man when we where in Singapore going of to work one day and coming back 6 months later having spent an interesting time in Borneo. In those days it was still pay parades so my old mum had to do a 30 odd mile round trip every week to get some dosh.
 

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#13
I was REME attached to 4 RTR. Quite a few lads from the LAD went out.
 
#14
During Granby, 1RTR had the whole of A Sqn placed on standby to support the ground offensive as BCR's.

However we'd sent a load of lads from Recce and the MBT Sqn's to support those Regiments that had a number of vacancies in the turret. As we were still on Chieftain, some of the guys went back to Bovvy to convert over to the Bridgelayer that still had the same chassis as Chieftain.

The rest of us either ended up staging on in Fally in the snow for the SDG & QRIH, or striping barrels on the tankpark.
 
#15
I was ASqn Fitters during Granby. I remember the stagging on at Fally just after the blokes had deployed (that morning IIRC). The wives coming past and spitting at us and calling us "War Dodging B-stards" and "Cowards" etc.

A few weeks later, the same wives, "are you boys going out later, only me and a few of the girls are off into the town"

"Fcuk off you rancid slags".

Was it not on the return from BATUS, that we discovered our vehicles raped for spares? I can remember the TOGs installations had the cables chopped, they hadnt even removed the plugs. Just chopped through the cables and ripped the boxes out.
 
#16
ringdoby said:
I was ASqn Fitters during Granby. I remember the stagging on at Fally just after the blokes had deployed (that morning IIRC). The wives coming past and spitting at us and calling us "War Dodging B-stards" and "Cowards" etc.

A few weeks later, the same wives, "are you boys going out later, only me and a few of the girls are off into the town"

"Fcuk off you rancid slags".

Was it not on the return from BATUS, that we discovered our vehicles raped for spares? I can remember the TOGs installations had the cables chopped, they hadnt even removed the plugs. Just chopped through the cables and ripped the boxes out.
I remember those bitches at F'inb; one called Malky X a war dodger so he called her a war widow. Floods of tears Families Officer etc. Seemingly they scored a massive own goal by giving one of their own guys a white feather......he had cancer. Told their husbands about their behaviour when I joined them in the Gulf as a BCR.
Yes I'm still bitter!
 
#18
I'm told 4RTR supplied at least a couple of troops of guys who were put in the General Reserve over there to replace casualties. The guys were asking for special Head and Shoulders in their blueys.

A Sqn ARV went out and never came back. It was last seen beingsold off to Duncsott.

Below is their reply at the time it was spotted in 2004

From Dave Small at Dunscott

"The ARRV with the eyes is 07FF07. It has a name on the side but it
is Dactyl not Dependable. We bought it from Jacksons nr Doncaster
who bought it at disposal in 1999 as one of a batch of three. The
one we also bought from them for spares was 07FF13 but had no
markings at all but looked like it had also been in the Gulf.
According to the record cards both were with 11 Armoured workshops
in 1990 with the one with the eyes then going to 17/21 Lancers LAD
in 1991 and Kings Royal Hussars LAD in 1993 then Ludgershall vehicle
depot in 1996."



I'd left the Regt some time before and was RE at the time.
 
#20
Ringdoby,

Agree totally, I will never forget walking into the Copper Kettle? and seeing what two of those wives were doing at the bar with some Hermin. Should have dropped them on the spot.

I even heard that some of them were going to be charged for soliciting !!!!
 

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