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In South Africa the tankers had a nickname for parabats, "vleis bom," google translate is your friend.
 
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there you go chas...Commando related. :)
 
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The french were using helicos in the mid 50's during Algeria
Correct for the FFL.

45 Cdo RM made the first full Amphibious Helicopter assault at Suez 1956. The full commando was helicoptered in by various flights from the Fleet Air Arm and RM pilots.
And yes the RMs' do have pilots to this day.
 

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The Piasecki / Vertol H 21. ..Sikorsky S 58 H 34 "Banane"
Did British troops use the same ?
 
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there you go chas...Commando related. :)
Thank you. I have 2 (no rude comments) one black issue one, which I have given to my son Peter. I also have my Windsor Sword presentation- No. 28 in its blue presentation box which was given to me. It has RM Commandos along the entire blade. On the reverse of the blade there is a Mne in full combats holding an SLR. Finally there is an engraved inscription from our old Captain General, Prince Philip saying; Nothing is impossible for Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
 
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The REP should be held in high esteem. They are probably the best Paras in Europe. They hold the record for a mass quick exit over a DZ. Also for low exiting. Sadly our Paras no longer have the facilities for continuous parachuting. Shortage of everything including planes.

I consider the REP of today to be the target that would-be Paras should aspire to.

Sadly the RM parachute display team no longer exists due to costs. Nevertheless they still hold the world record, jointly with the US, for canopy related work. (Stacking). Still unbeaten after several years.
 

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The US Army has two Airborne Divisions the 82nd and the 101st. The Marine Corps only has Forced Recon that conduct HALO jumps. They do the static line training with the Army and then go on to be trained in HALO for special insertions behind the lines for Recon and to foment hate and discontent in the enemy ranks.
 
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The US Army has two Airborne Divisions the 82nd and the 101st. The Marine Corps only has Forced Recon that conduct HALO jumps. They do the static line training with the Army and then go on to be trained in HALO for special insertions behind the lines for Recon and to foment hate and discontent in the enemy ranks.
Good info. Thank you. All our Recce Marines are para trained- Also the elite Brigade Battle Patrol Group Troop is equally as well qualified as the elite Parachute Regiment Pathfinder Platoon. Fortunately Bootnecks can also jump with the USMC in the states on joint exercises. RMs' consider parachuting to be a further Adqual.
 

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The REP should be held in high esteem. They are probably the best Paras in Europe. They hold the record for a mass quick exit over a DZ. Also for low exiting. Sadly our Paras no longer have the facilities for continuous parachuting. Shortage of everything including planes.

I consider the REP of today to be the target that would-be Paras should aspire to.

Sadly the RM parachute display team no longer exists due to costs. Nevertheless they still hold the world record, jointly with the US, for canopy related work. (Stacking). Still unbeaten after several years.
Crafty bugger! You know how to get some of us back on! Joking aside. i’m Glad the Royal Marines escaped the chopping block. it is sad to see so many fine British regiments now gone. Regular line infantry battalions/armored/ artillery units now a thing of the past. my old battalion now part of the special forces group. at least they will get their jumps in! 2 and 3 para barely hanging in there. God knows for how much longer! I wonder if we’ll have another politician waving a bloody piece of paper screaming peace in our time when the shit hits the fan? As for the REP? Bloody proud of them! the French in Africa Are pretty much untouchable when it comes to airborne operations or any other operation right now. and it’s good to see the legion in the forefront! Hope you are well charles.
 
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Crafty bugger! You know how to get some of us back on! Joking aside. i’m Glad the Royal Marines escaped the chopping block. it is sad to see so many fine British regiments now gone. Regular line infantry battalions/armored/ artillery units now a thing of the past. my old battalion now part of the special forces group. at least they will get their jumps in! 2 and 3 para barely hanging in there. God knows for how much longer! I wonder if we’ll have another politician waving a bloody piece of paper screaming peace in our time when the shit hits the fan? As for the REP? Bloody proud of them! the French in Africa Are pretty much untouchable when it comes to airborne operations or any other operation right now. and it’s good to see the legion in the forefront! Hope you are well charles.
Mark well thank you. TRUE But unbelievable. MoD is offering soldiers who have been given the boot for drug offences, £10.000 to return and sign on again. MoD claims it is for specialist units. We really are in a parlous state. RM are 350 short and many Paras still have not made their jumps after P course. Bloody shambles all round.
 

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Mark well thank you. TRUE But unbelievable. MoD is offering soldiers who have been given the boot for drug offences, £10.000 to return and sign on again. MoD claims it is for specialist units. We really are in a parlous state. RM are 350 short and many Paras still have not made their jumps after P course. Bloody shambles all round.
Hmm. Looks like the killing to flies with one hit. Getting back fully trained soldiers and taking money for that.
 

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Drugs have no place in the military, I'd assume that getting booted for drugs charges would be getting the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge, and then paying the blighters to come back. The problem with the British Military is that they're being used as a poster child for the social justice snowflakes, and that is hampering their true job. What the UK needs is a Churchill or Thatcher to get them back in line....God forbid Corbyn comes in....
 

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Drugs have no place in the military, I'd assume that getting booted for drugs charges would be getting the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge, and then paying the blighters to come back. The problem with the British Military is that they're being used as a poster child for the social justice snowflakes, and that is hampering their true job. What the UK needs is a Churchill or Thatcher to get them back in line....God forbid Corbyn comes in....
So one taking drugs will continue to do that for the rest of his life? I think there is many shades of gray on that subject.. One Ex. Is it one cut with drugs during his leave or is it he came stoned on life fire exercise, its big difference there. You can't say simply go for 0% tolerance policy. Or if one stand for that than also should say no alcohol in military because alcohol is much more dangerous than some drugs.
 
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Drugs have no place in the military, I'd assume that getting booted for drugs charges would be getting the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge, and then paying the blighters to come back. The problem with the British Military is that they're being used as a poster child for the social justice snowflakes, and that is hampering their true job. What the UK needs is a Churchill or Thatcher to get them back in line....God forbid Corbyn comes in....
one of the reasons i left the British Army. In the early to middle 90s big drug problem. They even started random drug tests. They had teams who would travel around just turn up at any Regiment, no one allowed to leave camp ..everyone drug tested. A mate of mine was on a team as a Warrant Officer. In my time OK there was a lot of drinking going on but not drugs..was never heard off.
 

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Not a good idea all round. It kind of hands out a carte blanche for certain trades, i.e. we're not going to kick you out because some of the big wigs feel that you are too important. So... er... just don't it again.
 
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Crafty bugger! You know how to get some of us back on! Joking aside. i’m Glad the Royal Marines escaped the chopping block. it is sad to see so many fine British regiments now gone. Regular line infantry battalions/armored/ artillery units now a thing of the past. my old battalion now part of the special forces group. at least they will get their jumps in! 2 and 3 para barely hanging in there. God knows for how much longer! I wonder if we’ll have another politician waving a bloody piece of paper screaming peace in our time when the shit hits the fan? As for the REP? Bloody proud of them! the French in Africa Are pretty much untouchable when it comes to airborne operations or any other operation right now. and it’s good to see the legion in the forefront! Hope you are well charles.
They disbanded my old Regiment..they had a last parade at Edinburgh castle.
http://british-army-units1945on.co.uk/royal-artillery/40th-regiment-ra.html
 
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Not a good idea all round. It kind of hands out a carte blanche for certain trades, i.e. we're not going to kick you out because some of the big wigs feel that you are too important. So... er... just don't it again.
i remember in 94 they kicked out a lot of good soldiers, it was a massive cut to the Army. "options for changes" it was called. The powers to be are idiots.
was nothing to do with drugs..just cutting troops, penny pinching
 

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So one taking drugs will continue to do that for the rest of his life? I think there is many shades of gray on that subject.. One Ex. Is it one cut with drugs during his leave or is it he came stoned on life fire exercise, its big difference there. You can't say simply go for 0% tolerance policy. Or if one stand for that than also should say no alcohol in military because alcohol is much more dangerous than some drugs.
As you say drugs is a grey area, I understand if the chaps go on a bender one weekend and maybe do something or sniff something they shouldn't have, maybe a stint in the brig would be a better option. I'm referring to proper addicts, they are bringing only problems and the nature of the military involves dangerous things. Its easier to control booze and 9 times out of 10 its done socially with a group of chaps. Drugs on the other hand is generally done in private, imagine a chap goofed up on who knows what on the range???
 
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Options for change was formulated in 1992. All regimental HSF companies were disbanded. We amalgamated with the Royal Hampshires and became the PWRR. I was offered the new recruit company but resigned my commission.

Having been with the mature HSF I had no inclination for recruit training. The HSF were superb and highly respected. It was always amusing to hear ; HSF who the hell are you ? In my company we had former SAS, SBS, Infanteers from all regiments including paras. Then of course 'gash marines'.;) We had men from all the supporting arms. My wireless operator was former RAF and another platoon even had a former matelot. An amount of talent sadly lost.
 

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