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  1. Just finished this book.Anyone read it?Great read in my opinion.Deffo recommend it.

    Just thought i'd coment/query on a bit of the book.

    During the Cimic House seige the author mentions that there are about 20 TA guys stationed there.1 of the guys in the book (Pikey) calls them 'Dads Army'. My question is do the regulars still see TA guys as 'Dads Army' or 'Weekend Warriors' when they link up on ops?Any of you guys who have been 2 iraq/afghanistan or wherever been treated differently because you are TA?
  2. I don't think the perception will ever change to be honest, are affiliated TA unit are poor, if this is the general concensis then no change!
  3. there will always be the great Reg / TA divide dispite of the alleged 'One Army Concept'. Usually its banter and the banter goes both ways.
    Some TA troops are absolutely cracking at their mil role which has been demonstrated on current ops, others sadly arent and thats where the stigma sticks.
  4. i told a mate at work i was thinking of joining the TA and he came out with all the usual weekend warrior rubbish.He seems to think that when TA guys go 2 iraq/afghan the dont actually go on patrols etc.. They do dont they??
  5. Depends on the role of the unit they're with.

    Regs can go on 6 month tours and never leave camp

    We had a couple of HAC guys with us in Afghan and they were craking blokes and great soldiers, still STABs though.
  6. Print this out and give it to him. Pte Cole is TA.


    HEROIC British soldiers have relived their epic battle to rescue a fallen comrade under a hail of Taliban bullets and grenades in Afghanistan.

    Two soldiers died and seven others were wounded in the fierce eight-hour night action last month in Helmand Province.

    Sergeant Craig Brelsford, 25, was killed as he bravely led a platoon through heavy fire to recover the body of Private Johan Botha.

    Botha, also 25, had been fatally wounded. And true to the code of soldiers, no one was to be left behind – dead or alive.

    Here, men from A Company of the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment describe for the first time in their own words the hell of that brutal firefight.

    Under orders to take the fight to the enemy, they had launched Operation Pechtaw to target Taliban positions around the town of Darvisham.

    Lieutenant Simon Cupples, 25, led seven soldiers from his platoon to outflank a Taliban compound.

    They were 2nd Lieutenant Rupert Bowers, 20, Private Sam Cooper, 18, Private Luke Cole, 22, Corporal Ben Umney, 25, Private Ben Johnson, 23, Private Kyle Drury, 22, and South African-born Private Botha.

    Behind them came two other sections of six men apiece.

    But they walked into an ambush and four men were hit immediately.

    Lt Cupples told The Sun: “The wounded were just to my right. I told them to follow me to a ditch we’d crossed about 30 or 40 metres before. I crawled faster than I’d ever done before.

    “Two lads followed me. When we got there we realised we still had serious casualties out in the field.”

    Lt Cupples had a miraculous escape when a grenade landed at his feet but failed to go off.

    The platoon sergeant, Mick Lockett, was determined to help the injured, who were lying on open ground near the Taliban position.

    They included Pte Botha and Pte Cole, who had been hit in the thigh.

    Sgt Lockett said: “Before we went to Afghanistan I promised the men I’d bring all them back. If not alive, then their bodies would come home.

    “That was my line in the sand. No matter what happened, everyone was coming back.

    “If it meant going back into the face of enemy fire, I didn’t care. I wanted my men back.” The rescue team was Sgt Lockett, Lt Cupples, Lt Bowers, and Lance Corporals Jonathan McEwan, 27, and David Chandler, 26. Sgt Lockett, 27, said: “Everyone knew what they were letting themselves in for, that they’d likely get hit.”

    As they reached Pte Cole, Taliban crawled forward in a bid to grab Botha’s body as a warped trophy.

    But in a staggering act of bravery, Cole blazed away with his rifle to stop them.

    Cole was hit again, in the stomach, but still managed to go to the aid of a second wounded soldier. Sgt Lockett went on: “I kept telling Pte Cole to keep firing. He was in bloody agony but he was doing it – and doing it brilliantly.

    “Cole crawled over to the other soldier. He put some morphine into him and then rolled away so as not to compromise his mate’s position to the enemy. He was simply fantastic that night.”

    Lt Bowers said: “There were bullets flying everywhere. We got to one of the injured and I managed to lift him on my shoulder and just ran to the ditch.

    “I went back again to help drag Cole into the ditch.”

    But the soldiers could not find Botha amid the smoke from grenades, mortars and gunfire.

    They were forced to retreat and call in help from another group of Mercians, led by Sgt Brelsford.

    Sgt Lockett said: “I grabbed him and said, ‘Brellsie, I need you to go and get the big man (Botha) for me’. His last words to me were, ‘Mick, no dramas, don’t worry about it, don’t worry’.”

    But as Brelsford’s men entered the killing zone, he was hit. Company CO Major Jamie Nowell gave the order to regroup before launching an armoured vehicle assault on the insurgents.

    Sgt Lockett said: “I sat crying. I couldn’t look into the lads’ eyes. I thought I’d lost their trust because I’d left my man out there.”

    But as dawn broke and reinforcements arrived, Our Boys were still determined to reclaim their fallen pal. They went back and found Botha’s body close to the vacated Taliban trenches.

    Lt Cupples said: “I knew we had to get him back. Imagine telling his family you don’t know where he is or what happened to him? That was simply not an option.

    “The reason the blokes fight so hard is because they know we all do everything to help each other.”

    Sgt Brelsford, from Notts, was praised for “exceptional courage”.

    Married dad Pte Botha had been recommended for promotion.

    The Mercians had nine men killed in Afghanistan.
  7. There are a few recorded instances of TA soldiers and their bravery, including a few gallantry medals. There are also a few recently published books written by TA soldiers, Weekend Warriors (REME) and Winter Warriors (infantry). Weekend Warriors is ok, but if you want to read a brilliant book about life on the front line where conditions are extremely tough and the TA and Regs work together with no prejudices Winter Warriors is by far the best one.
  8. Fuck I wish someone had told me that before I went to Baghdad staying in the IZ for the whole tour would have been much saferer
  9. To be fair, the TA soldiers that were mentioned in that book were from CIMIC, which doesn't enjoy the best reputation in the world, regular or TA!

    Its also worth pointing out that one of the soldiers that came out of that story with a good reputation was the TA jock Major.

    So I don't think all TA are like dad's army, but some, well are!
  10. I was attached to a TA unit on Telic and most of them were a waste of space, thought it was all a big game until the mortars and rockets started after about a month, then it was none stop whinging about not joining the TA to be killed, but met a lot of TA attached to Reg units who had been shot up, mortared etc and they were fantastic.
  11. Some of the TA we had from 4 PARA on Telic 1 were tubes, though on Herrick 4 they were on the ball. One of my section commanders now is 4 PARA (attached to 3 PARA indefinately) and an excellent bloke.
  12. Filbert

    Name them, dude, help increase their skillset when their TM kicks off...
  13. Came in handy when you had spare 81mm rounds then
  14. That TA Maj ( Ken Tait is it?) was part of the cimic team wasnt he? From what i read he was brilliant in the first contact they had .
  15. Me and about 40 other TA guys were attached to 26regt RA during OP telic 3. We were intergrated fully into there ORBAT doing exactly the same jobs as they were doing. We were treated brilliantly by all the Regs while on tour. Initially there was a bit of banter, but that soon stopped when we showed what we were capable of.