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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 78
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

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PostSubject: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime4/12/2010, 21:56

Futher to thoughts along this theme. . .

I was nineteen years old in 1960. I was a Lance Jack in charge of the Battery Commander's OP party.

One dismal SLTA drizzly afternoon I was sitting in a hole in the ground with a National Service signaller when a tank suited apparition emerged from the bushes. It was our CO. In a voice like Montgomery before Alamein (we'll knock Gerry for six !) he demanded to know where our Battery Commander was. "On a Battalion Commander's conference Sir" I replied.

"Right, can't be be helped", he said, "2 o'clock, bushy topped tree, right two degrees tank". "Seen", I replied in, time honoured fashion.
"I want the Battery on it" he said. ( At this point it must be pointed out that a Battery consisted of four 5.5 in Medium guns, hurling a shell weighing 80 pounds)

"Battery Target" I said to the signaller (changing into Brown Trousers Order,) and in due course, came a rumble from over the horizon followed by a terrifying screech overhead as the rounds passed on their way to their target.

Having corrected the fire up to a "Target destroyed, Stand easy" I got a "Well done !" and the CO disappeared back into the bushes.

At this time in my career we were beset by orficers who had been in Korea.
I was nineteen and unprepared. Harm can come to a young lad like that !
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Teabag
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Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime4/12/2010, 22:42

2 o'clock. Should have told him the army use twentyfour hour clock and it was 1400. Pretty good though knowing what time an enemy tank was coming. Razz
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Number of posts : 3029
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 09:19

Could have been dark, Royal Artillery Commanding Officers can see in the dark, then it would have been 0200hrs. Royal Artillery Commanding Officers also know what time Tanks are coming!
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 78
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 09:22


Well if you must quibble about it, it might have been five past two. It was a long time ago.

Such nitpickers !
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Number of posts : 3029
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Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 09:24

I could never understand how the OPs went through all that fictitious target rigmarole without laughing? Crying or Very sad
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Number of posts : 3029
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 09:27

Talking about Exercises (loosely) does anyone remember the "Wibbly Wobbly Way" in Munsterlager Sud - or was that just a Gunner "thing"?
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 78
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 12:07

Shelldrake wrote:
I could never understand how the OPs went through all that fictitious target rigmarole without laughing? Crying or Very sad

You're right we used to have many a snigger at it all.

Thing is, all the OP party had to be proficient at that stuff. Historically, OP officers have a habit of getting bumped off, leaving pimply teenagers to call down fire.

The incident I mentioned earlier couldn't happen these days. The CO had me using Salvo Ranging, such ammunition expenditure ! That would be a whole days allocation today !
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 78
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 12:09

Shelldrake wrote:
Talking about Exercises (loosely) does anyone remember the "Wibbly Wobbly Way" in Munsterlager Sud - or was that just a Gunner "thing"?

Can't say it rings a bell with me but it does describe the way I walk with a skinfull.
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Number of posts : 270
Localisation : Near London
Cap Badge : RAOC/RLC/AGC
Places Served : Bielefeld, Guetersloh, Viersen, Bracht, Falklands, Aldershot, Leconsfield, NI, Rwanda, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
Registration date : 2010-09-02

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PostSubject: Re: You could'nt make it up !   You could'nt make it up ! Icon_minitime5/12/2010, 12:39

Reminds me of how I talk with a skinful - I do not walk once skin is full I crawl!
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