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Cpl Andrew Walker signed out an SMG from the armoury in order to ambush a military payroll in 1985.
He killed the three soldiers escorting the payroll and took the £19,000 which incidentally was never recovered.

BBC News - Triple killer Andrew Walker released from jail
 

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Mrs B's uncle spent some quality time in Navy, which he left after some unpleasantness around missing high value items.

Obvious therefore that he would join the Met. and end up doing "interesting" things which got more and more interesting until the day he suddenly was back in uniform and then out, along with others who also chose to "retire"

But his rich skill set was obviously not wasted.

On paper the proprietor of fish and chip shops in Sarf London, his business activities were described by Mrs B's father as "many, varied and very vague"

That vagueness resulted in a nasty episode with the SFO but that all went away thanks to evidential errors and he "retired" for a second time all though in reality to spend more time running money box companies out of the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

Only ever met him once at a family event whereupon he tried to sell me on one of his investment funds. Think Ponzi schemes and you would be about right.
 
Cpl Andrew Walker signed out an SMG from the armoury in order to ambush a military payroll in 1985.
He killed the three soldiers escorting the payroll and took the £19,000 which incidentally was never recovered.

BBC News - Triple killer Andrew Walker released from jail

What was £19k in 1985? Cupla years wages. Even if he had got away with it, he was hardly going to retire to the sunshine. I hope he ends up on the streets.
 

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LE
Judge stops trial

One of the Marines captured wrote about it in a book he wrote:

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He was actually an Landing Craft SQ attached to the SBS in Poole. If you read the comments on Amazon about the above book, he is slagged off by serving and former Royal Marines about his supposed exploits, as a walt.

He wrote another book about his time as a PMC in Iraqi. Again it is heavily criticised in the comments.

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Special Forces Hero Hanged Himself

Unfortunatly he committed suicide just before attended court on an allegation of assault on his ex wife.

That's the badger. I found the other book. 'Black Water. A life in the SBS.' by Don Camsell
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Armour Volume 2 The Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment lived on the back of Zero Alpha, the senior ACV (prior to the 1982 radio change).

Possibly the first line in the tome read something like, "Armoured Reconnaissance requires a special kind of soldier with the skills of a poacher."

Just saying.
 
Armour Volume 2 The Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment lived on the back of Zero Alpha, the senior ACV (prior to the 1982 radio change).

Possibly the first line in the tome read something like, "Armoured Reconnaissance requires a special kind of soldier with the skills of a poacher."

Just saying.

And how do you like your eggs?
 
Try getting a copy of the book
The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans, 1942-1944 Hardcover – January 1, 1978. It’s on Amazon now for $849.

It mentions the “selection” of different “volunteers” from different units.

One was escorted to his new unit by 6 MPs.

One was a safe cracker and every town close to the bases they were based in happen to have had local banks broken into.

Having access to mil spec explosives was useful too.
 
He got convicted of worse than that. All those war crimes in Angola, and even murdering innocent Angolans on the same side. The authors of Fire Power sometimes wondered if he was secretly on the MPLA's payroll, for the work he was doing in killing and lowering morale on his own side.
Imagine if he hadn't been caught doing that robbery, and not chucked out of the Army. Imagine if he had ended up serving in the Falklands, and the atrocities he could have committed against the Argentinians.


erm, true... or imagine if he hadn't done any of that either mate
 
Armour Volume 2 The Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment lived on the back of Zero Alpha, the senior ACV (prior to the 1982 radio change).

Possibly the first line in the tome read something like, "Armoured Reconnaissance requires a special kind of soldier with the skills of a poacher."

Just saying.

Any Royal Anglians here?
 

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LE
I did read somewhere that one of the Para units had a habit of "recovering" items after bomb blasts in N.I. back in the 70's.
After one tour everyone had a nice shiny wristwatch and could afford an overseas holiday.
It ended after a DMS footprint was left in one establishment and the RMP got lucky by hitting the only loose ceiling tile and finding a kitbag full of swag.
 
I did read somewhere that one of the Para units had a habit of "recovering" items after bomb blasts in N.I. back in the 70's.



After one tour everyone had a nice shiny wristwatch and could afford an overseas holiday.



It ended after a DMS footprint was left in one establishment and the RMP got lucky by hitting the only loose ceiling tile and finding a kitbag full of swag.

I read a memoir written by a senior Belfast fireman in the 1970s a few years back in which he frankly admits that it was considered a perk of the job among firemen prior to that time to help themselves to anything in a commercial premises (obviously not private homes) that had been damaged by fire, as after all it was just going to be written off by the insurers and firemen weren't paid a lot back then.

However, with the spate of bombings in Belfast from 1971 onwards it seemed to be getting out of control, it actually wasn’t, it’s just that there were so many more opportunities. It came to a head when a fireman's wife wrote a letter to the paper in which she expressed disgust at the sight of firemen wandering out of a damaged electronics store with their arms piled high with gear that they were stuffing into the tenders.

The writer himself was a leading member of the NFU and took an active part in stamping such pilfering out and in fairness to the firemen they took it on board and did knock it off. So I suppose soldiers on the ground faced with similar situations might also have dipped in now and again.

I certainly know of business owners who had boxes full of damaged stock stored out the back, which would regularly be pulled out front following any bomb blast to be written off, again, in a criminal damages claim.
 
'Black Water. A life in the SBS.' by Don Camsell
That was the bloke who wrote in that book about carrying out a secret underwater survey on the Soviet Battle Cruiser Kiev on behalf of naval intelligence while she was docked in Gibraltar on a visit in 1979. AKA Lt Cmdr Buster Crabb.

A really remarkable achievement as according to Janes 'Fighting Ships' the Kiev didn't come into service until 1981. I took the rest of the book with a large cellar of salt.
 
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Cpl Andrew Walker signed out an SMG from the armoury in order to ambush a military payroll in 1985.
He killed the three soldiers escorting the payroll and took the £19,000 which incidentally was never recovered.

BBC News - Triple killer Andrew Walker released from jail
Didn't he die of cancer soon after he was released?
 
That was the bloke who wrote in that book about carrying out a secret underwater survey on the Soviet Battle Cruiser Kiev on behalf of naval intelligence while she was docked in Gibraltar on a visit in 1979. AKA Lt Cmdr Buster Crabb.

A really remarkable achievement as according to Janes 'Fighting Ships' the Kiev didn't come into service until 1981. I took the rest of the book with cellar of salt.


Buster crab died in 1956, while diving in Portsmouth harbour, inspecting a visiting soviet cruiser.
 
Buster crab died in 1956, while diving in Portsmouth harbour, inspecting a visiting soviet cruiser.
I know. As the bloke who wrote the book claimed to be doing. Only Busters ship actually existed, while the Kiev hadn't yey been built.

Apparently Buster did a bit of cruising around Portsmouth before the Soviet ship arrived.
 

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