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Teabag
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Teabag

Number of posts : 960
Age : 69
Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

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PostSubject: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 09:31

Is there a smell. or sight that immediately takes you back to your forces days?

For me it was the smell of the clothing stores. Sad I know but if I could bottle it I would. Diesel on a cold winters morning always brings back memories as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 09:38

When i see Tiger beer on a supermarket shelf,i`m right back in Singapore drunken
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brum
FM
FM


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: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 10:44

Teabag wrote:
Is there a smell. or sight that immediately takes you back to your forces days?

For me it was the smell of the clothing stores. Sad I know but if I could bottle it I would. Diesel on a cold winters morning always brings back memories as well.

With you on the diesel.

Brasso/Duraglit is another.

What bought it all back for me was at a transport festival, standing behind a 1 ton armoured. The engine was running, the two-speed genny was whistling and the exhaust was giving off the peculiar smell that only came from that vehicle.

I was back in Belfast, '72. Twisted Evil
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jimsigs1
Let Gen
Let Gen
jimsigs1

Number of posts : 1298
Age : 85
Localisation : West of England
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 16:51

Went to a reunion at Blandford last year - yes, it was that bacon they used to dish up that I could smell from the hot plate. I was back on exercise in some German forrest on exercise again.

Jimsigs1
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Stephen Lock
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Stephen Lock

Number of posts : 937
Age : 66
Localisation : Calgary
Cap Badge : Pads Brat
Places Served : Father -- Canadian Army. Served Hemer, Soest, and Wetter
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 18:10

I remember the smell of my Dad's gear, especially his Army-issue sleeping bag....I suppose it was the smell of the water-proofing but it had what I can only describe as a "spinach-y" odor to it, fairly prevalent at that.

Boot polish

Brasso

Aqua Velva after shave (pure Dad)
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jimsigs1
Let Gen
Let Gen
jimsigs1

Number of posts : 1298
Age : 85
Localisation : West of England
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime12/5/2011, 18:46

Stephen, don't forget the old poncho smell.

Jimsigs1
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steve jones
Capt
Capt


Number of posts : 210
Age : 67
Localisation : Christchurch, NZ
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : AAC Carlisle, Bielefeld, Werl, Munster, Arborfield
Registration date : 2008-04-08

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime13/5/2011, 02:49

the oil in a 432 steering box, there is no civvie equivelent i dont think, but it was a unique smell. The sound of any military band will have me swinging my arms, head up sholders back. I found myself swaggering along the sidewalk here the other day as the Fiji police band marched past.
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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime13/5/2011, 07:15

The smell of a wet BD drying out...Not very pleasant
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jimsigs1
Let Gen
Let Gen
jimsigs1

Number of posts : 1298
Age : 85
Localisation : West of England
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime13/5/2011, 09:50

The smell of the uniforms being altered etc in the oldcamp tailors shop - don't get that smell from any other clothing store etc.

Jimsigs1
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ciphers
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
ciphers

Number of posts : 973
Age : 86
Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime13/5/2011, 16:22

Smell of 'wet brown paper' when pressing BD every night ... although there was nothing like the aroma in the ATS billet when giving them an early call at 5.30am.

Len (Ciphers)
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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime13/5/2011, 17:13

That reminds me of one of my telephony instructers who went by the name of "Sid James"
He said when you enter a switchboard room you were hit by the smell of the six Ps.
Perfume,powder and paint,prespiration,periods and p*ss.
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mjm34
Maj
Maj
mjm34

Number of posts : 262
Age : 69
Localisation : Gtr Manchester
Cap Badge : R.Signals
Places Served : BAOR, UK, Mid East, Far East, Cent America
Registration date : 2009-02-21

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Some years ago I went to the, now sadly closed, Museum of Military Transport in Beverley. As soon as you walked in the main door there was that distinct smell of Military Garages. It's a smell that I have never experienced anywhere in Civvy Street.
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woody
Sgt
Sgt


Number of posts : 24
Localisation : Kidderminster
Cap Badge : RCT
Places Served : JTR Rhyl, Minden, NI Tours.
Registration date : 2011-01-23

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Every time i use Hypoy 90 axle oil on my Land Rover, or at work on my truck, it takes me back to useing OEP 220 oil on Saracens, and various AEC vehicles.
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jimsigs1
Let Gen
Let Gen
jimsigs1

Number of posts : 1298
Age : 85
Localisation : West of England
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Harrogate 1949-52. HQ BAOR Sig Regt 1952-54, Korea 1954-55, Egypt 1955, Cyprus 1955-57, HMS Santon 1957, UK 7th Hussars 1957-59, 1st Gds Bde 1959-60, 201 Signal Sqn 1960-62, 206 Sig Sqn 1962-63, 7 Sig Regt 1963-66, 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68, 11 Sig Regt 1968-72. Retired 1972
Registration date : 2010-02-22

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime14/5/2011, 14:35

Camp coffee out of the bottle as dished out by the Sally Army at Harrogate and with condensed milk. Had some the other day when visiting a friend it brought back memories.

Jimsigs1
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"john boy"
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Takes me back 890-95

Number of posts : 939
Age : 57
Localisation : shrewsbury
Cap Badge : acc
Places Served : aldershot/albermarle bks ouston-father LI- gib- berlin NI- lemgo- colchester- shrewsbury-tidworth left82
Registration date : 2010-12-30

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime14/5/2011, 14:35

The smell of us guys getting ready to go out on a Saturday night Brut, Brut, and more brut with the odd wiff of old spice, we took it to the max when Henry Copper said "splash it all over" when you think about it there was not much on offer in the way of aftershave back then . Smile lol! of on a tangent you could always spot a squaddie we all had razor sharp creases in our jeans a big fashion no no now but we all thought we looked the dogs b****** back then
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Stephen Lock
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Stephen Lock

Number of posts : 937
Age : 66
Localisation : Calgary
Cap Badge : Pads Brat
Places Served : Father -- Canadian Army. Served Hemer, Soest, and Wetter
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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PostSubject: Re: Takes me back   Takes me back Icon_minitime14/5/2011, 18:13

jimsigs1 wrote:
Stephen, don't forget the old poncho smell.

Jimsigs1

Yes....same smell as the sleeping bag, actually.....
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Stephen Lock
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Stephen Lock

Number of posts : 937
Age : 66
Localisation : Calgary
Cap Badge : Pads Brat
Places Served : Father -- Canadian Army. Served Hemer, Soest, and Wetter
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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mjm34 wrote:
Some years ago I went to the, now sadly closed, Museum of Military Transport in Beverley. As soon as you walked in the main door there was that distinct smell of Military Garages. It's a smell that I have never experienced anywhere in Civvy Street.

Yes!!! I recall periodically having occasion to visit my dad at work and ambling off with him down to the motor pool (he was a Supply Tech) and absolutely there was a distinct smell...oil, wax, gas, and such. One just doesn't find it in civvie garages, although similar. Dad's office area too.....dust, for sure. Does anyone ever remember the smell of fresh Gestener paper? Picture a roomful of 6 or 7 year olds all sniffing their purple-blue print outs the teacher just rolled off the Gestener machine, the ink still fresh. Dad had one in his office (the latest technology....nothing too good for those Ordance Corp guys, y'know!!) and the aroma of the ink permeated the office.
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Teabag
Maj Gen
Maj Gen
Teabag

Number of posts : 960
Age : 69
Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

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Just reminded me Stephen. That awful yellow gunge you used to polish the floors with.
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I took a distinct dislike to that stuff from the first time i used at at Harrogate
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Col
Col


Number of posts : 480
Age : 71
Localisation : Norfolk, UK
Cap Badge : REME
Places Served : Carlisle AAS, Aden, Hildesheim, Bordon, Fallingbostel, Dover, NI Tours, Osnabruck, Herford, Muenster, UN Nicosia, SBA Dhekellia Cyprus x2, Waterbeach, Civi Street 1988. Retired from VOSA 2007.
Registration date : 2009-07-28

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Even worse was removing the stuff when it got 'grotty!' Abit of wire wool and Parafin to clean it...
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brum
FM
FM


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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Teabag wrote:
Just reminded me Stephen. That awful yellow gunge you used to polish the floors with.

. . . and the great, clumsy "bumper" you had to use, to polish it up !
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Just reminded me Stephen. That awful yellow gunge you used to polish the floors with.


. . . and the great, clumsy "bumper" you had to use, to polish it up !

...with another one on top to give it more weight.Or on some occasions another squaddie..(on top)
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FM
FM


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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Teabag wrote:
Just reminded me Stephen. That awful yellow gunge you used to polish the floors with.


. . . and the great, clumsy "bumper" you had to use, to polish it up !

...with another one on top to give it more weight.Or on some occasions another squaddie..(on top)

WHAAAT ? ! affraid
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Of the bumper Brum.the bumper Rolling Eyes
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TDivers
SSgt/CSgt
SSgt/CSgt


Number of posts : 65
Cap Badge : Former Royal Engineer
Places Served : Munsterlager, Hohne, Sennelager, Nienburg, Osnabruck
Registration date : 2011-03-30

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The Smell of XG 279 grease bloody orrible... and the sight of it all over an Armoured Engineers covies as it did get absolutely everywhere...
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