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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Ah Bernie Toft. Tried and failed to teach me celestial navigation. I wonder was that before or after he took the sweeper on shore leave?


    The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    CM10. Loved it. We brought them from UK and GIB. Open bridges. Our Dock Yard put the new wooden enclosed Units on and they in turn were fitted with new ARP radars. I saw Bernard on the clip, along with B O'Shea and CPO Burke ( father of the Commander to be ). That particular ship Grainne was my first I/C.

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    "The Air Corps is an integral part of the Army and not a separate Air Force". Love it. So much for the blue uniforms lads,you're improperly dressed!!
    "105,000 dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. Police murdering African-Americans. You’ve completed you’re mission. You’ve made America great. Now get the f**k out."

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    Once upon a time that was the case. They were a corps of the army and commanded by a Colonel, like all other corps. That only changed in the late 70s when the Colonel in charge was promoted to Brig Gen, and the post became one of the General staff. Same was true for the Naval Service, who were considered a Corps of the Army up to 1979, when Pete Kavanagh was promoted from Captain to Commodore. Back then the army consisted of 5 brigades(1,2,4, 6 and ECIF) and you wore a tie under your combats. The country was divided into Commands, and up to 1979 all 4 of them (Eastern, Western, Southern, Curragh) were led by a colonel.
    Where is your combat tie Apod?
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    Always one pedant who spoils a good interservice pisstake. Jesus Christ

    (PS: No "Combat tie" but I am in long enough to have been issued a cravat and a scrim scarf)
    "105,000 dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. Police murdering African-Americans. You’ve completed you’re mission. You’ve made America great. Now get the f**k out."

    - Rob Reiner.

    "Yes he's an idiot with zero common sense,and no social skills,but he IS my son.I just hope he never goes into politics.He'd be a disaster.

    - Mary Anne Trump

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    The more you know.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Always one pedant who spoils a good interservice pisstake. Jesus Christ

    (PS: No "Combat tie" but I am in long enough to have been issued a cravat and a scrim scarf)
    I imagined you issued with a slouch hat and leather bandolier
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
    http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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    I heard he polishes his pike weekly.
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    No Lads. Centurions armour and short sword.
    "105,000 dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. Police murdering African-Americans. You’ve completed you’re mission. You’ve made America great. Now get the f**k out."

    - Rob Reiner.

    "Yes he's an idiot with zero common sense,and no social skills,but he IS my son.I just hope he never goes into politics.He'd be a disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I heard he polishes his pike weekly.
    I hope that’s not a euphemism
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
    http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    CM10. Loved it. We brought them from UK and GIB. Open bridges. Our Dock Yard put the new wooden enclosed Units on and they in turn were fitted with new ARP radars. I saw Bernard on the clip, along with B O'Shea and CPO Burke ( father of the Commander to be ). That particular ship Grainne was my first I/C.
    They would also roll on a wet dishcloth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    No Lads....short sword.
    We all have our afflictions
    Fate whispers to the warrior, "There is a storm coming"

    And the warrior whispers back "I am the storm".

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-RayOne View Post
    We all have our afflictions
    It's not the size of the sword mate,it's how you use it.


    On another note.Anybody got any info on the type of helmet the troops are wearing while being taxi'd in the Allouette's. Not the normal "pisspots" we all used to know and "love"
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    I have seen panhard M3 crew wearing similar helmets in other clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    It's not the size of the sword mate,it's how you use it.
    All hail Sparta !!!
    As for the helmet, they looked a bit like Brit para helmets to me
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    Panhard type. Must have been nothing else available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Panhard type. Must have been nothing else available.
    Ah.OK. So there was a helmet purchased solely for mounted troops? A bit like the RBR helmet that was purchased alongside the Mowags which we had to use when operating with them before the current Rabintex one went on general issue. Funny though,I have seen pictures also showing troops on the border around that same time period wearing those helmets. I wonder were they more widespread than just 3BN?
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    Anyone who had panhards maybe? In the early days there were loops on the hull where you stores the helmet when not in use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Anybody got any info on the type of helmet the troops are wearing while being taxi'd in the Allouette's. Not the normal "pisspots" we all used to know and "love"
    French Model 65 helmet with headset removed. Used by Panhard and AML crewmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Ah.OK. So there was a helmet purchased solely for mounted troops? A bit like the RBR helmet that was purchased alongside the Mowags which we had to use when operating with them before the current Rabintex one went on general issue. Funny though,I have seen pictures also showing troops on the border around that same time period wearing those helmets. I wonder were they more widespread than just 3BN?
    Panhard dismounts used the British MK II tanker helmet until the Rabintex came along in the '80s. Mostly seen in border units.

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    A number of RTE reports from 1987.

    Lebanon Tibnin Bomb


    Sea Rescue Services


    President Motorcycle Escort

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofa View Post
    They would also roll on a wet dishcloth.
    Is that a euphemism too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    A number of RTE reports from 1987.

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    Excellent finds

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    The second clip is quite interesting. The air corps seemed to know exactly the limitations of the Dauphin, and the Lt Col being interviewed described exactly their worst case scenario, with 248 in the background. Unfortunately that scenario more or less described how 248 was lost.
    Charlie was some waffler. Very trump like.
    The quiet spoken civilian interviewed towards the end of the clip about keeping an eye on vessel movements is Daire Brunicardi, naval historian and former Lt Cdr. His father Niall was also an LtCdr in the early days of the Naval service and Daire's son Michael is currently LtCdr and O.C of L.E. James Joyce. Gentlemen each one.

    The third clip surprised me. A year before I joined. Yamaha XS400. Still being used by the Military Police in 1992. Replaced by the Kawasaki Gt550. Didn't realise the EoH wore leather gaiters over the standard boot. I assumed they wore proper motorcycle boots. Griffith was one of the first Dublin barracks to close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    The quiet spoken civilian interviewed towards the end of the clip about keeping an eye on vessel movements is Daire Brunicardi, naval historian and former Lt Cdr. His father Niall was also an LtCdr in the early days of the Naval service and Daire's son Michael is currently LtCdr and O.C of L.E. James Joyce. Gentlemen each one.
    Author of 'The Sea Hound'?

    Another good book I lent out and never saw again...
    'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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    The very same. A fine book.
    He also wrote an interesting history of Haulbowline, The Naval base and the ships of Cork Harbour. An excellent historical reference, broadened to include the other military features of Cork Harbour.
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