3 Para TOXIC Veterans & All That Jazz | Dr Stuart Griffiths | Bought The T-Shirt #305

3 Para, TOXIC Veterans & All That Jazz, features Stuart Griffiths, a world-wide known photographer, film maker and budding saxophonist legend.

3 Para, TOXIC Veterans & All That Jazz | Dr Stuart Griffiths 3 Para

Dr Stuart Griffiths is a veteran of 3 Parachute Regiment and an award-winning photographer. Stuart’s photographs have been published internationally in VICE, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Observer, Independent & Sunday Times Magazine. His books include, ‘The Myth Of The Airborne Warrior’ and ‘Pig’s Disco’. His new film entitled, Isolation, traces Stuart Griffiths’ extraordinary life.

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Stuart – Back in 1983 I was learning the Alto-sax and they said, we’ll have you in the band. I said, just like that? He says yes, because you’ve got your parachute wings. When you join the regimental band, you don’t do P-company. You do four weeks basic training and then you go to the academy. I already saw problems just through serving alcohol to these senior nco’s. This world as a paratrooper in 3 Para, was going to be problematic. So I went and had an interview with a band master and he said, have a go on the tenor. I was good on the Alto and baritone. The baritone’s massive and he could probably thought we’ll get him on that because it weighs a ton.

So I went to have a few beers in the NAFI bar in Palace barracks. Then I met this guy from Grimsby from B-Company. I told him I’d just been accepted to join the regimental band and he says, you don’t want to do that. You want to join ‘battling B’, Gypsy platoon, do you know what I mean? Then he started listing who was in the company and there was all these kind of like celebrities from the Para’s TV series. Sergeant Riley, who is now a sergeant major Riley, although they called him Mavis Riley. That was his nick-name.

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S015 War Crimes Unit Investigate The Taliban | Anthony Malone #296

S015 War Crimes Unit Investigates The Taliban, features Anthony Stephen Malone, a former paratrooper and CIA Asset.

S015 War Crimes Unit Investigate The Taliban

Anthony Stephen Malone is a former British Paratrooper and security adviser. He has featured on many news channels, including ITV and SKY News. Whilst trying to secure free passage for British citizens in Afghanistan, he was taken for questioning by The Taliban and held for six months. Here is an exclusive update on events.

Transcript from ‘S015 War Crimes Unit Investigate The Taliban’ podcast

Anthony – I’ve decided to go public with this investigation for one objective, is to and draw a light on what’s actually happened in Afghanistan. Obviously the Taliban is an umbrella organization with a lot of tribal elements and people who fall under that. The person in question has been ill-treating and beating British nationals and a very large number of Afghan-British dual nationals.

There are over 700 British passport holders in Afghanistan, who are stuck there. There are also hundreds of N.G.O.’s operating there. Ahmed Zaire is trolling and searching through social media networks to identify former British and American Service Personnel.

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Veteran Paratrooper Held Hostage By The Taliban | Anthony Stephen Malone #287

Veteran Paratrooper Held Hostage By The Taliban, features Anthony Stephen Malone who was helping British nationals escape from Afghanistan.

Veteran Paratrooper Held Hostage By The Taliban | Anthony Stephen Malone

Anthony Stephen Malone is a former British Paratrooper and security adviser. He has featured on many news channels, including ITV and SKY News. Whilst trying to secure free passage for British citizens in Afghanistan, he was taken for questioning by The Taliban and held for six months.

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Anthony – The problem any country is going to have, is who’s going to want to invest in a country where it’s not stable. The security situation is deteriorating, the economy is deteriorating as well. The Taliban were telling the Chinese that everything has been okay. The Chinese promised a large amount of money which was hundreds of millions, to be given to The Taliban. A small amount has changed hands but a lot of it has not.

Everyone’s just pulling back the actual reins and watching what happens. There isn’t just the Chinese who are interested in the natural resources in Afghanistan. You’ve got the Americans, the British and other European countries all trying to talk to the taliban.

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3 Para In Northern Ireland | Stuart Griffiths | Bought The T-Shirt #267

3 Para In Northern Ireland features Stuart Griffiths who gives a no holds barred account of what life was like as a young paratrooper.

3 Para In Northern Ireland | Stuart Griffiths

Dr Stuart Griffiths is a veteran of 3 Parachute Regiment and an award-winning photographer. With photographs and articles have been published internationally in VICE, Vanity Fair, Sunday Express, Mirror, Guardian & Sunday Times Magazine. His books include, ‘The Myth Of The Airborne Warrior’ and ‘Pig’s Disco’.

Transcript from ‘3 Para In Northern Ireland’ podcast

Stuart – I was waiting to go to Somalia with Vice and then that changed. We were then going to go to Nigeria. I had about 500 pounds worth of inoculations in my arm from this Harley street clinic. Going nowhere, so I wrote this radio play called, ‘Pig’s Disco’. It sort of started because 1990 was a really full-on year. A lot of stuff happened and then we were on Christmas party guard duty at the palace. Anyway one of the senior guys from from the platoon was going, have you ever tried any acid?

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Britain’s Elite Pathfinders | Steve Brown | Parachute Regiment | #237

Britain’s Elite Pathfinders, features Steve Brown who served with 3 Para and completed six tours of duty over his 27 year service.

Britain’s Elite Pathfinders

Steve Brown is a 27 year veteran of the British Army. He served with 3 Parachute Regiment from 1993 to 2020, completing six tours of duty with 3 PARA and the Pathfinders. His work took him across the globe, from the jungles of Sierra Leone to the harsh deserts of the middle-east. Steve has also taught combat survival to service personnel all around the world.

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Steve – There was one time we were out in Afghanistan and we’re heading towards a town. We’re getting to an obvious sort of choke point and this is dodgy, but we’ve got to go through it. You can’t just turn off a mission because you think it’s dangerous. Obviously the mission is dangerous by nature and while we’re doing that, the guy picked up a transmission on the radio and someone said they are coming.

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The Battle For Mount Longdon | A Falklands War Special | #186

The battle for Mount Longdon features James O’Connell, formerly of 3 Para, speaking about his experience during The Falklands War in 1982.

The Battle For Mount Longdon | A Falklands War Special | #186

Under cover of darkness 3 Para began their assault on Mount Longdon in June 1982. The three platoons of B Company each approached the mountain silently, treading carefully through a series of defensive minefields. Following on from an explosion, fighting quickly escalated with shocking speed and severity. The ensuing battle resulted in some of the harshest close-hand fighting experienced by British troops, since the Korean war.

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Chris – James, was it disappointing that you were being inserted by boat as opposed to coming from the sky?

James – With the distance you knew it wasn’t going to happen. We sailed down on the Camberra with all our parachute kit. We were ready to go any way we could. It would have been legendary wouldn’t it?

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