Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth | Bought The T-Shirt #245

Battle tanks & Bond cars features Royal Tank Regiment veteran, Nick Duckworth, who tells us about private contracting in Iraq and James Bond cars.

Battle Tanks & Bond Cars | Nick Duckworth Royal Tank Regiment

Nick Duckworth is a veteran Royal Tank Regiment Commander and he was part of the NATO defence during the cold-war. After leaving the military, Nick found work in Iraq as a private contractor. His team went through quite a few close calls, whilst working there. After Nick was recommended, he was put forward to become Aston Martin’s Senior Production Specialist. He introduced clients to the brand, the cars and the Aston Martin family. Nick tells us how the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced to the James Bond films. In November 2021, Nick moved to Group Lotus.

Transcript from ‘Battle Tanks & Bond Cars’ podcast

Nick – There’s no such thing as a free lunch Chris. If you’re out there earning that sort of money, someone pays somewhere. One incident we were involved in, was the BIAP road. That stood for Baghdad International Airport road and it was about 10ks of dual carriageway. The bike road connected the international zone where the Americans, the Brits and everyone else lived.

When you left the green zone, that bit of dual carriageway just became a free-for-all. The insurgents made it known that they were going to turn that place into the most dangerous bit of road in the world. All the people that live in those areas, they’re all driving down the dualcarriageway, just like you’d expect anywhere else in the world. We were in the middle of it and on one occasion we came out of the international airport and we were getting close to the international zone. We were in four by fours at that time which fortunately were armored.

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Ultramarathon Man | Dean Karnazes | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #244

Ultramarathon man features Dean Karnazes, who is an American long distance running legend and best-selling author.

Ultramarathon Man | Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner and best-selling author. By an early age, Dean had already hiked across the Grand Canyon and climbed Mount Whitney. Some of his notable achievements include running 350 miles without sleep, running numerous marathons across the world and winning many tortuous long-distance races. He has also been featured on many popular television shows, such as The Late Show with David Letterman and is a popular author with his books detailing his career.

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Dean – I was drunk on my 30th birthday and at midnight I said i’m leaving the pub. They said where are you going, the night’s young, let’s have another round of Tequila to celebrate. I said no I’m going to run 30 miles to celebrate instead. I said but I was still going do it and I walked out of the bar. I’ll never forget I didn’t even own running gear but I had on these comfortable silk underwear like silk boxer shorts. So I peeled off my pants, threw them down the alleyway and just started stumbling off into the night.

Heading south there was a town called Half Moon bay which was 30 miles away and that’s where I set my sights. Food is always a major theme in the middle of the night, as as any ultrarunner knows. As we’re getting older, we’re trying to refine our act which is I think it’s good credit to our generation.

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Bravo Three Zero | Des Powell SAS | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #243

Bravo Three Zero features Des Powell, who served in the Parachute regiment and the Special Air Service, during the first Gulf War.

Bravo Three Zero | Behind Enemy Lines | Des Powell SAS

Des Powell served in the Parachute Regiment as a sergeant major and served another 20 years in the SAS. A former PT instructor in 1 PARA, he became the Unarmed Combat and Fitness instructor for B Squadron SAS. He helped pioneer HALO, HAHO and other covert airborne entry techniques. The SAS were called upon to hunt down the mobile Scud rocket launchers in Iraq. Much has been written about the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol. Des has set the record straight with his exceptional book, ‘SAS Bravo Three Zero, The Explosive Untold Story’.

Transcript from ‘Bravo Three Zero’ podcast

Des – Parachuting can be high altitude, which is HALO high altitude low opening and here’s HAHO, high altitude high opening. It’s to deal with oxygen and you’d normally jump in at night, at 25,000 feet. That’s approximately five miles up.

I was in Air Troop B-Squadron and I really enjoyed my time there. I’ve talked about Air Troop, Mountain, Boat and Mobility. All the soldiers have the same skills, it’s just how we gain entry to a particular conflict zone, that are different.

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My Vietnam HELL | FR Phil Salois Silver Star | Bought The T-Shirt #242

My Vietnam HELL features Father Phil Salois who served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam, before becoming a Catholic priest.

My Vietnam HELL | FR Phil Salois Silver Star

Father Phil Salois, served in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, 7th Infantry Regiment. In his first months there, he saw his fair share of combat. Phil’s unit spent a lot of time trudging along the rice paddies, looking for an enemy who chose when and where to strike. After a fraught time in country and earning the US Silver Star, Father Phil came back to the United States. With his perennial faith unshaken, Phil became a Catholic priest and a spiritual advisor to his fellow veterans. Suffering with PTSD himself, Father Phil has worked tirelessly to help Vietnam veterans. His work has also included veterans from recent conflicts, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Transcript from ‘My Vietnam HELL’ podcast

Father Phil – We dragged him in, turned him over and he had received a round in the chin. It had ricocheted off the ground and hit him in the chin. It went up to the top of his head and he never knew what him. The guy said we need to go out and get these other guys, so I say okay but we’ve got to bring some help as I can’t carry anybody by myself. So a couple of guys went out with me and we went back out there. People were covering fire for us and we found a lieutenant and the point man. The point man was injured so we carried him back, only to find out he’d lost an eye in that injury.

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Black Ops In Vietnam | Alan Cutter US NAVY | Bought The T-Shirt #241

Black Ops In Vietnam features Alan Cutter, who served in the Vietnam War, as part of the US Naval Advisory Group.

Black Ops In Vietnam | Alan Cutter US NAVY

Alan Cutter’s military career began in 1969, after he enlisted into the US Naval Security Group. He trained to become a commissioned officer and was sent to Vietnam to officially work as an interpreter. Many of his assignments were listed as, ‘According to the needs of the service’.

After attaining his Master of Divinity, Alan served as a pastor, whilst completing his Doctor of Ministry degree. Alan was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and then with Agent Orange related Parkinson’s disease. While frequenting a Veteran’s center, he met Father Phil Salois and joined the organisation Phil had founded the year before. After retiring as a pastor, Alan has written many acclaimed books, whilst enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Transcript from ‘Black Ops In Vietnam’ podcast

Alan – I went the X.O. and I said this was a very strange incident and I described what had happened. He just looked at me and said, you know what you’ve done? I told them to take care of them. They actually looked at me and said, you’ve signed their death warrant.

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