#151 FIX BAYONETS! | The Battle Of Danny Boy | Brian Wood MC | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Brian’s book ‘Double Crossed’ https://amzn.to/38cNQxQ Brian Wood MC, former Colour Sergeant, British Army. Brian Wood was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, by Her Majesty The Queen II, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq. In the heat of a lethal close quarters battle, fighting outnumbered, he seized the initiative, taking a split-second decision to lead his men into the teeth of enemy fire in the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in 25 years.

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Chris and Brian

C – Brian, how are you brother?

B – Yeah I’m good thank you. Thanks for having me on, I appreciate it. We’ve been trying for a while now so it’s good to get on.

C – Yeah, we seem to be passing ships, like I am with a lot of my guests on social media. We’re out there doing our stuff, when we finally get together it’s all good huh?

B – Absolutely, absolutely.

C – I’m going to start by asking where do you get you drive from Brian. We’ll probably come on to talk about everything you’ve been through which is enough to tread down ten men, if not a hundred. You’re so busy all the time, you tend to get so much done, is there any philosophy we can learn from there.

B – Do you know what, I’m not the Oracle and I’ll never claim to be. I’m just driven by hard work…

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#50 Special Forces Support Group, Afghan | MMA World Champion | Martin 50 Cal Stapleton | Royal Marines

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MMA World Champion fighter Martin ‘.50 Cal’ Stapleton is a former King’s Badgeman Royal Marine from the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). He is a man that will CHANGE your life. Don’t miss this podcast.

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Chris and Martin

C – Stapes how are you brother?

M – I’m alright mate, thanks for having me on.

C – My pleasure, it’s been brilliant. I’m catching up with all these brothers I’ve never met and you can’t argue with that can you?

M – Yeah I’ve just seen you’ve done a podcast with Josh Pelland. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I’m going to get into that later.

C – He’s a lovely man you know.

M – Certainly is yeah.

C – He kind of epitomizes that kind of elite special forces thing, because you know a lot of them are just really nice guys that just want to be professional soldiers, you know what I mean.

M – Josh’s story is pretty compelling isn’t it. You know coming from abroad, from Canada, all the stuff he did and what he’s gone through recently, I’m looking forward to catching up on that episode.

C – I found it really quite upsetting, because he’s so nice and the way he talks about his accident, there’s not even the slightest bit of feeling sorry for himself…

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#52 The Commando Who Refused To Die | Paul Vice MC | Royal Marines | Afghanistan | Invictus Gold Medal

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Don’t miss my chat with the legendary former Royal Marine Paul ‘Vicey’ Vice MC – aka ‘The Commando Who Refused To Die’ (a Chris Terrill documentary). Paul is an Invictus Games gold medal winner, an inspirational speaker and a professional racing driver for Jaguar. He’s also a bit of a dude!

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Chris and Paul

C – Paul how are you mate?

P – I’m very good. The apocalypse is treating me well.

C – I feel the same. I don’t know if you’re supposed to say that. I think because I work from home, it doesn’t affect me as much as it maybe does some people, but then I also think happiness is inside your head. Is that how you feel?

P – I’m very lucky where I live down in Exeter now. I just moved here and all the pubs and shops shut so that was a bit shitty. But I’ve been reinvigorating myself with exercise since last year and that keeps me happy. I’m just mucking on, I’ve got loads of projects to be getting on with but since the worlds been shut down it’s been a bit difficult. I’m just getting really good and FIFA and boozing really…

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#60 Agent Handler ‘Bernie’ | SBS Unarmed Combat Instructor | Bodyguard | Royal Marine | Author

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Bernie was born in South London and joined the Royal Marines in 1973. During his twenty-four year military career, he served with 45, 40 and 41 Royal Marine Commandos, was attached to the Special Boat Service and also engaged in special duties in Northern Ireland. After his retirement from the Corps, Bernie joined the London Security ‘Circuit’ as a contractor and covered a variety of roles over a twenty year period, ranging from body-guarding an Arab Royal family to providing media security protection to news teams in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has recently retired from working as a US DOD contractor teaching intelligence methods to the Iraqi and Afghan Army. He has started to write and uses this experience to enhance the realism of his books/scripts, penned under the name W.T.Delaney.

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Chris and Bernie

C – Bernie, how are you mate?

B – I’m fine Chris, fine.

C – Are we allowed to say were in the world you are, it’s not going to get you a target on you.

B – No it’s fine, I’m in Spain, in the lockdown of all lockdowns. It’s like being under the Stasi over here mate.

C – Bernie, I’m just going to say a few key words here which apparently work well for promoting our video when it goes on YouTube, that’s not actually the reason I do it but it helps the people at home to know what sort of thing we’re going to be talking about. So we’re going to be talking about the royal marines, unarmed combat, MI5, the intelligence services, the middle east and body guarding…

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#64 Incoming! | Garry Curtis | Bodyguard | Suicide Survivor | Iraq | Afghanistan | Royal Marines

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Garry Curtis is a former Royal Marines Commando who has operated in every major conflict in the last twenty years. He has been bombed, shot at and held hostage. He has seen things people shouldn’t see. Garry talks openly about his PTSD and trying to take his life.

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Chris and Garry

C – Gary how are you brother?

G – Hey Chris, how are you? Welcome to my garden, London Town! How are you mate?

C – Yeah I’m alright mate, that’s the best backdrop I’ve had on the podcast so far.

G – Glad to hear it.

C – That’s not like a video is it?

G – No, no it’s quite real, I’ll have to try and keep the noise of the vehicles down to a minimum if they go past.

C – Are you in central London then?

G – Yeah, yeah I’m up in Soho today.

C – So, I think out of everyone I know you have the most action packed, adventure packed traumatic media packed story that’s out there. We first got into contact when you wrote your book Incoming…

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#82 United States Marine ATTEMPTS Navy Seals BUDS School | Eddie Penney | Chris Thrall’s Podcast

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Could a United States Marine (USMC) join the US Navy SEALs and serve with their ‘Special Tactics’ Group? I chat with Eddie Penney to find out.

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Chris and Eddie

C – Eddie how are you brother?

E – Good my friend, how are you?

C – Yeah fantastic mate, absolutely fantastic, thank you so much for coming onto the show, without any hesitancy or anything, and I can see you’re a very busy man.

E – Try to be!

C – Before we go on, a big thank you to a mutual friend of ours Dave Radband, a former paratrooper with the regiment here in the UK and the Special Forces support group who suggested we get in touch. So Dave if you’re watching thank you mate. Eddie, we get a lot of young people who watch this podcast, a lot of aspiring military people. My whole thing is I just tell them the truth, the good and the bad and the political. Maybe they don’t want to hear it but they seem to subscribe…

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#89 Royal Marines Commando Officer | Rich Sharp | RE:ACT UK | Veterans Disaster Response

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Rich Sharp is a former Royal Marines Commando officer who was blown up while leading his men in the Afghanistan Conflict. He is now the CEO of RE:ACT UK, an elite natural disaster response unit made up of mostly veterans. We chat about Royal Marines officer training and requirements, combat and the crucial work his organisation carries out. If you would like to get hands-on as a volunteer with RE:ACT UK the website link is below. https://www.re-act.org.uk/

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Chris and Richard

C – Richard, how are you mate?

R – Yeah good thanks Chris mate, thanks for having me on.

C – No, it’s an absolute pleasure. I was a bit thrown because I went to your website and the last time I went there it was Team Rubicon, and now it’s Operation React, and for these ageing braincells it threw me a little bit! So that’s to do with our cousins across the water is it?

R – Yeah Team Rubicon UK was a franchise of something that started in the States a few years ago. In America they’ve got a huge organisation, very capable but it does a different thing to what we do here, it’s just time to rebrand  the brand around what we do here around our British values, how we operate around the world and to show we’re now an English or United Kingdom operation, that’s why we’re now RE:ACT …

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#96 The Untold Story Of 45 Commando In The Falklands | Major Andy Shaw | Royal Marines | Kings Badgeman

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Andy served both in the ranks and as an officer from 1976 to 1996 in the Royal Marines. He passed out of training as the top recruit (King’s Badgeman, 98 Troop) and as the best Young Officer (Royal Marines Sword of Honour Young Officer Batch May 80) and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland (40 Commando Royal Marines). At the height of the ground fighting in the 1982 Falklands islands conflict, he was a rifle troop commander in charge of 32 men, and was tasked with operating independently from his unit, 45 Commando Royal Marines, in no man’s land. During this phase, whilst conducting a fighting patrol to destroy some of the enemy’s fire support systems, he ambushed what he thought was an enemy force killing four men. It transpired that it was a friendly patrol from his own unit. This single event, coupled with five tours in Northern Ireland, changed his perception of himself and gradually life in general, and was the beginning of a long slide towards ultimate despair, and eventually contemplation of suicide. From 1982 until 1996 he managed to continue functioning in various command capacities within the Royal Marines, but at the same time was aware of a growing split between the rational external face and the lurking internal horror that was slowly engulfing his entire persona. Eventually his marriage collapsed and the loss of his family, two daughters, and all possessions, triggered off the reactions that are now known to be classical symptoms of PTSD. In 1989 the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was unknown to Andy and by 1996 he finally accepted that he had to leave the Corps and country he loved in order to deal with this overwhelming problem. He bought an old classic yacht and with his new wife, Cheralie, sailed off into the North Atlantic to re-discover himself. In the late summer of 1997 they discovered the beautiful sub-tropical Balearic island of Formentera and dropped anchor. It was here that Andy began the process of self-healing. On the 6th of September 2012, by invitation of the Commanding Officer, who was an old friend, Andy gave a two hour presentation to 45 Commando Royal Marines on his war and its effects. Not only did he manage this with no emotional fall-out, but that night he found himself listening to a number of serving officers who wanted to talk about their experiences and resultant emotional problems. Andy realised that this was the end of his 30-year battle with PTSD; and the beginning of a new career in mentoring those who are suffering today. Thus The Mountain Way was born.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you brother?

A – Very pleasantly warm thank you very much!

C – Yes, in Ibiza.

A – Yes my home, I don’t like to say that, but I do say it too often. I suppose it could be called showing off but I’m not a party animal. You know I’ve only ever been in one of these nightclubs once and that was to blow up 5000 balloons. I was working for 10 Euros an hour then!

C – Yeah, they certainly have got some thumping nightclubs over there from what I remember, but from what I remember from my one trip to the Island is they’re blooming expensive…

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#113 Commando Apache Attack Pilot | Afghanistan | Chris Vosper | Racing Driver | V-Force Combat Driving

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Chris has a unique military background having served as a Royal Marines Commando, an Army and RAF Officer and an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot, the most lethal and advanced attack helicopter the world has ever seen, a craft he flew on three operational combat tours of duty in Afghanistan. His passion for motorsport lead him to fulfil a lifelong dream of starting his own business, V-FORCE, in which the coolest and most enjoyable skills from his military service are combined with motorsport and extreme sports to give the most enjoyable and rewarding experience available anywhere. Chris is a qualified BARS Rally and ARDS Racing Instructor and competes in both motorsport disciplines. He is an SIA Close Protection and Surveillance Operator.

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Chris and Chris

C – Chris, how are you Sir?

C – I’m very well thank you, it’s an honour to be invited onto your show, so thanks.

C – Oh the pleasure is all mine, and it’s an honour to meet someone of your calibre, and I don’t say that lightly. One of my philosophies in life is get out there and Smash It! You only get one life and when it’s gone it’s gone. We met through linked in, and when you send your CV over, not like you have to do that these days, it must be quite hard to narrow your one down.

C – That’s really kind of you to say, I mean I follow your philosophy, you’ve got one life so get the maximum use of it…

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#128 Private Military Contractor To Everest | Richie Maybank | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Richie and I discuss his work as a private military security contractor in Iraq, the dangers of partying in Thailand and his summiting Mount Everest.

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Chris and Richie

C – Richie how are you brother?

R – Yeah I’m good mate how are you, thanks for having me on.

C – It’s my pleasure mate, anything about Everest, I’m all ears and I’ve got big enough ears as it is. So when you sent your email to me, it’s fascinating stuff. You spent a lot of time in Thailand I believe?

R -Yeah I was living there, between work in the Middle East and holidaying in the Himalayas.

C – I loved every single minute of being in Thailand, even when I got my nose broken by a Thai doorman.

R – Happens a lot that sort of thing.

C – It was still a great night! Little tip for you there folks, if you ever get mugged in a Thai bar by the bar staff, which they used to do. I’m not sure what it’s like in the modern tourism world there. Rather than trying to fight the bouncer, just go and speak to the tourist police, and they’ll get your money back for you.

R – And you don’t fight one, you fight ten as well.

C – Yes! …

 

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