Site Guard.

Just read this and thought ...

I’m pretty sure that doing site guard placed you under American command. The rather superior US SNCOs who “inspected” us prior to going on duty certainly gave that impression.

I done several site guards, and not once did we ever come into contact with the yanks, ever, we were all was commanded by our own SNCO's and officers.

Site guard was both crap and sometimes good. Depended where.

I did a couple on the American Nuc sites and more on UK Ammo dumps back in BAOR.

I think we were under US command as they messed us around all the time.

Until one great chap "Sapper" Ince , he failed in the R.E.as he , what is the these in power say these days say... "I miss heard or miss spoke" Well he miss heard his training officer say , take 6 sticks of PE4 and blow the tracks off that old tank.

Off he went and asked for 60 . QED tank vaporised and then joined the Signals.

Back to site guard , we had chaps out in the towers with that rifle and in the middle tower two chaps , one with that rifle and the other with a L.M.G.

One night I was in the main tower with "sapper" he had the L.M.G. all I heard was a door opening below us . Americans going out for "smoke" .

"sapper" opening the firing port. The main tower had "bullet proof glass"and heavy metal ports to aim out of.

Hearing him cocking the LMG and shouting " Hands up or I WILL shoot." Americans craping themselves.

Also there were loads of myths about NDs. As in , and we were not briefed on this at all :) . If you have an ND , do not fire two or three other aimed shots at the moon , and call in that you had seen someone on the wire trying to get in. ;0
 
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Just read this and thought ...

I’m pretty sure that doing site guard placed you under American command. The rather superior US SNCOs who “inspected” us prior to going on duty certainly gave that impression.

I done several site guards, and not once did we ever come into contact with the yanks, ever, we were all was commanded by our own SNCO's and officers.

Site guard was both crap and sometimes good. Depended where.

I did a couple on the American Nuc sites and more on UK Ammo dumps back in BAOR.

I think we were under US command as they messed us around all the time.

Until one great chap "Sapper" Ince , he failed in the R.E.as he , what is the these in power say these days say... "I miss heard or miss spoke" Well he miss heard his training officer say , take 6 sticks of PE4 and blow the tracks off that old tank.

Off he went and asked for 60 . QED tank vaporised and then joined the Signals.

Back to site guard , we had chaps out in the towers with that rifle and in the middle tower two chaps , one with that rifle and the other with a L.M.G.

One night I was in the main tower with "sapper" he had the L.M.G. all I heard was a door opening below us . Americans going out for "smoke" .

"sapper" opening the firing port. The main tower had "bullet proof glass"and heavy metal ports to aim out of.

Hearing him cocking the LMG and shouting " Hand up or I WILL shoot." Americans craping themselves.

Also there were loads of myths about NDs. As in , and we were not briefed on this at all :) . If you have an ND , do not fire two or three other aimed shots at the moon , and call in that you had seen someone on the wire trying to get in. ;0
Thanks for your service.
P. S what are you drinking?
 
Just read this and thought ...

I’m pretty sure that doing site guard placed you under American command. The rather superior US SNCOs who “inspected” us prior to going on duty certainly gave that impression.

I done several site guards, and not once did we ever come into contact with the yanks, ever, we were all was commanded by our own SNCO's and officers.

Site guard was both crap and sometimes good. Depended where.

I did a couple on the American Nuc sites and more on UK Ammo dumps back in BAOR.

I think we were under US command as they messed us around all the time.

Until one great chap "Sapper" Ince , he failed in the R.E.as he , what is the these in power say these days say... "I miss heard or miss spoke" Well he miss heard his training officer say , take 6 sticks of PE4 and blow the tracks off that old tank.

Off he went and asked for 60 . QED tank vaporised and then joined the Signals.

Back to site guard , we had chaps out in the towers with that rifle and in the middle tower two chaps , one with that rifle and the other with a L.M.G.

One night I was in the main tower with "sapper" he had the L.M.G. all I heard was a door opening below us . Americans going out for "smoke" .

"sapper" opening the firing port. The main tower had "bullet proof glass"and heavy metal ports to aim out of.

Hearing him cocking the LMG and shouting " Hands up or I WILL shoot." Americans craping themselves.

Also there were loads of myths about NDs. As in , and we were not briefed on this at all :) . If you have an ND , do not fire two or three other aimed shots at the moon , and call in that you had seen someone on the wire trying to get in. ;0
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This is one of those moments when you look at the 353 and give it a tap and see if the noise comes back.
 
This is one of those moments when you look at the 353 and give it a tap and see if the noise comes back.
Indeed. If you've ever seen the inside of a 353, you would not be at all surprised. It's basically three transceivers in one. It physically rotates the circuitry between three frequency bands, on both TX and RX. It has a glass valve Power Amp. The rotating "turrets" have spring-steel contacts to ensure continuity/wear out (you choose). It has a hermetically sealed casing, which allows one to literally pour water through the front casing to cool it down. Assuming the case had been properly sealed according to the EMER by the last servicing tech. Which it won't have been because serviceable drying equipment was like rocking horse shit.

Its vehicle-mounted antenna system was a fcuking abortion. Its elevated broadband antenna was great, as long as one didn't try and "tune" it, because it couldn't cope with the power output of the set without attenuation.

So yeah, tap it. Might work, might not. But that was true in general, so what's to lose? Oh, and to change the frequency illumination lamps, you had to completely disassemble the front panel.

Piece of shite. I didn't much care for the 353 :)
 
One night I was in the main tower with "sapper" he had the L.M.G. all I heard was a door opening below us . Americans going out for "smoke" .

"sapper" opening the firing port. The main tower had "bullet proof glass"and heavy metal ports to aim out of.

Hearing him cocking the LMG and shouting " Hands up or I WILL shoot." Americans craping themselves.
Well done that man

So he heard those inside the secure area go outside and decided to threaten them with death
 
It was always the twat before you that had wanked into the ear piece of the tower phone...
 
My abiding memory of site guard is 24 hour German porn. This is pre-internet so generally the same three worn out VHS over and over again for a week.
 
My abiding memory of site guard is 24 hour German porn. This is pre-internet so generally the same three worn out VHS over and over again for a week.
It was Site Guard that introduced me to a video of Harry the Wolfhound... Dogging was never so aptly named.
 
Indeed. If you've ever seen the inside of a 353, you would not be at all surprised. It's basically three transceivers in one. It physically rotates the circuitry between three frequency bands, on both TX and RX. It has a glass valve Power Amp. The rotating "turrets" have spring-steel contacts to ensure continuity/wear out (you choose). It has a hermetically sealed casing, which allows one to literally pour water through the front casing to cool it down. Assuming the case had been properly sealed according to the EMER by the last servicing tech. Which it won't have been because serviceable drying equipment was like rocking horse shit.

Its vehicle-mounted antenna system was a fcuking abortion. Its elevated broadband antenna was great, as long as one didn't try and "tune" it, because it couldn't cope with the power output of the set without attenuation.

So yeah, tap it. Might work, might not. But that was true in general, so what's to lose? Oh, and to change the frequency illumination lamps, you had to completely disassemble the front panel.

Piece of shite. I didn't much care for the 353 :)
I saw a lot of 252's, is it similar?
 

offog

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Well done that man

So he heard those inside the secure area go outside and decided to threaten them with death
I did a number of site guards at Menden which I assumed had the warheads for 50 missile. Fortunately as I was a signaller at that time and I setup and ran the ops room at 50 missile camp and maned the radio/plcomds radio man.

During one guard we had an inspection on our readiness by the US. A US officer walked up the hill and was challenged by the sentry who made ready and aimed at him challenging him in a very threatening way. The soldier knew who he was but would have happily fired as per his orders just for shit and giggles. US officer was suitably impressed with the sentries reactions and drills. He then moved onto the guard room and informed the Pl Sgt that a helicopter had landed in the compound and debussed a number of soldiers. He said this was an exercise so no live rounds to be used.

A number of US soldiers came out of the inner compound to act as the OPFOR. The Pl Sgt gave QBOs and the sections deployed. It was at this point that the US soldiers remembered that they had not thought to bring respirators with them. As part of the QBOs the Pl Sgt had given orders to use CS gas on the intruders. Said US officer was very happy with the response and actions of the Pl Sgt in dealing with the incident. We did not think the US soldier held a similar view. Much hilarity has had by us in our respirators watching the OPFOR suffer the effects of the gas.

We at the time still had Larkspur but as we came under 50 missile we were issued with Clansman for the guard. One day I had to take back to the signals store a 351 that was not working. I gave it to the storman who looked at the number and said "this one again", picked up a 2 pound tool fine adjusting and gave it a whelly with the ball end. "That'll sort it, I'll give you a new one". The 351 now had a round hole in it letting in daylight and water. As a young LCpl I was a little shocked.
 
I did a number of site guards at Menden which I assumed had the warheads for 50 missile. Fortunately as I was a signaller at that time and I setup and ran the ops room at 50 missile camp and maned the radio/plcomds radio man.

During one guard we had an inspection on our readiness by the US. A US officer walked up the hill and was challenged by the sentry who made ready and aimed at him challenging him in a very threatening way. The soldier knew who he was but would have happily fired as per his orders just for shit and giggles. US officer was suitably impressed with the sentries reactions and drills. He then moved onto the guard room and informed the Pl Sgt that a helicopter had landed in the compound and debussed a number of soldiers. He said this was an exercise so no live rounds to be used.

A number of US soldiers came out of the inner compound to act as the OPFOR. The Pl Sgt gave QBOs and the sections deployed. It was at this point that the US soldiers remembered that they had not thought to bring respirators with them. As part of the QBOs the Pl Sgt had given orders to use CS gas on the intruders. Said US officer was very happy with the response and actions of the Pl Sgt in dealing with the incident. We did not think the US soldier held a similar view. Much hilarity has had by us in our respirators watching the OPFOR suffer the effects of the gas.

We at the time still had Larkspur but as we came under 50 missile we were issued with Clansman for the guard. One day I had to take back to the signals store a 351 that was not working. I gave it to the storman who looked at the number and said "this one again", picked up a 2 pound tool fine adjusting and gave it a whelly with the ball end. "That'll sort it, I'll give you a new one". The 351 now had a round hole in it letting in daylight and water. As a young LCpl I was a little shocked.
Were you issued anything other than live rounds for that gig?
 

offog

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Were you issued anything other than live rounds for that gig?
We're going back one or two years now so I won't stack your life on it but 7.62 ball fall ammo scale so 120 rds per rifleman, X number of 9mm for the SMG, me, possibly 3 mags, 7.62 link by the can, signal grenades. Can't remember if we had smk (WP) in PL stores or AT weapons or 2 inch or L2s as it was not issued to me and I did not sign for it. But if the site was under attack then the brown and smelly had hit the fan so I would think we had our full war front line stock available. The site guard on site also had a reserve stock sealed in boxes but again not my responsibility so not sure what they had. The CS was for crowd control just in case some boxheads came by with banners and attitude and for use before the civ police turned up.

All this ammo came from our unit stockes and a similar scale was issued to the reinforcing Coy back at the Bn.

We had a number of sections at the site under comd of the Pl Sgt, 2 Pls as a QRF in Menden and a Coy on NTM (not sure how long this was but I would think about an hour).
 

RABC

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I remember doing crash outs from the barracks. We used to hurl bodies into the back of the 4 tonner. I think I did 7 site guards, one over the New Year.
 
We're going back one or two years now so I won't stack your life on it but 7.62 ball fall ammo scale so 120 rds per rifleman, X number of 9mm for the SMG, me, possibly 3 mags, 7.62 link by the can, signal grenades. Can't remember if we had smk (WP) in PL stores or AT weapons or 2 inch or L2s as it was not issued to me and I did not sign for it. But if the site was under attack then the brown and smelly had hit the fan so I would think we had our full war front line stock available. The site guard on site also had a reserve stock sealed in boxes but again not my responsibility so not sure what they had. The CS was for crowd control just in case some boxheads came by with banners and attitude and for use before the civ police turned up.

All this ammo came from our unit stockes and a similar scale was issued to the reinforcing Coy back at the Bn.

We had a number of sections at the site under comd of the Pl Sgt, 2 Pls as a QRF in Menden and a Coy on NTM (not sure how long this was but I would think about an hour).
Same as when I did it, which is why I questioned the order not to use 'live' ammo.

Mixing blank into the equation would never end well.

I also never heard of anyone entering the inner compound, the response to such an event was briefed as to open up on them regardless of how they were dressed, what they were doing, even if they were evacuating a 'crashed' aircraft, no questions, without hesitation. End of.
 

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