Falklands War Red & Green Life Machine | Royal Navy Commando | Lt Cdr Paul Youngman MID #292

Falklands War Red & Green Life Machine, features Royal Navy Commando, Lt Cdr Paul Youngman, who’s actions during the war, saved many lives.

Falklands War Red & Green Life Machine | Royal Navy Commando

Lieutenant Commander Paul Youngman MID, entered the Royal Navy in 1975 and passed the All Arms Commando Course. As a Royal Navy Medical Branch rating he served up to Warrant Officer First Class. During his 37 year career as a Royal Navy Commando, he served in many areas of operations including Northern Ireland, The Falklands War, Gulf War 1, Cambodia, Kosovo, Gulf War 2 and Afghanistan. Paul was a Leading Medical Assistant attached to 45 Commando Group, during the Falklands War. For his brave actions during battle, he was awarded a ‘Mention In Dispatches’.

Transcript from ‘Falklands War Red & Green Life Machine’ podcast

Paul – Then I stood on the beach and watched Antelope blow up, then eventually sink. For me, that’s the reality of war. I talk to students these days in colleges and universities and I say, do you know there are not many people alive that have watched a warship sink? On the 25th of May, I stood on the beach with a lot of ships company from Antelope as well. You just watched their whole house, their belongings and everything just sink to the bottom of the sea.

It was spectacular and I mean that as descriptive. To watch the photographs, you see of those explosions going off midships of Antelope, was just unbelievable. What was unbelievable, was the heat and the noise of that burning melting metal going into the freezing South Atlantic. You just can’t describe it, you really can’t describe it. For me it’s like a silhouette. It’s all dark and then right in the middle is the ship with all the the explosion going on.

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Unsung HERO Of The Falklands War | Mick Fellows MBE | Royal Navy #289

Unsung HERO Of The Falklands War, features Royal Navy Clearance Diver, Mick Fellows MBE, won many awards for his legendary work, saving lives.

Unsung HERO Of The Falklands War | Mick Fellows MBE | Royal Navy

Michael George Fellows MBE DSC BEMG, joined the Royal Navy in 1955. Mick was Fleet Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver and second-in-command of the team, when the Falklands War started. His job was to search RFA and Warships for limpet mines, after suspected enemy underwater operations against the fleet. Under attack, Mick’s team were tasked to investigate and defuse numerous unexploded bombs onboard many of the taskforce ships.

His team’s amazing and highly dangerous work, helped save the lives of hundreds of British personel. He is the first man in naval history to defuse unexploded bombs on board a warship at sea. Mick was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Another award came in the shape of the British Empire Medal for Gallantry, for bomb and mine disposal in Northern Ireland. Further work in the Royal Navy saw him receive the MBE, after the tragic Herald Of Free Enterprise accident. Mick served a total of 35 years with the Royal Navy and ended his career with the rank of Warrant Officer, first class.

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Mick – Initially we left our position by the bomb and ran forward for shelter. We ran first into a mess deck and I saw a table there. So I went to dive under the table only to find out that my leading diver was already under there. He looked at me and said, you might be the boss but fuck off, I was here first. I looked at him, looked up and saw we were both hiding under a five-ply wooden table that wasn’t going to protect us from anything.

We were working alongside what I thought at that time and confirmed later, was a 1000 pound bomb. We had a bit of a laugh then decided, let’s get on with the bomb. I worked around the bomb clearing wreckage away, while my guys were putting out the fire. Then in between times, assisting me with cold chisels, hammers and hacksaws. We cleared the wreckage so I could get towards the tail end to see the state of the fuse. I realized after a while that the tail end of the bomb had snapped off on its passageway through the ship.

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The Youngest Royal Marine In The War | Falklands 40th #274

The youngest Royal Marine in the war features Davey Robb who served with 42 Commando during the battle of Mount Harriet in the Falklands War.

The Youngest Royal Marine In The War | Falklands 40th | Davey Robb

David Robb was the youngest Royal Marine to serve in the Falklands War. He was also the fittest marine in his troop and went on to box at the Commonwealth games in Edinburgh. This is a detailed account of his time with 42 Commando.

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Davey – All of a sudden I was either taken away from defensive or we all became part of it. Our job or my job with Smudge, was to take up a position at the bottom of Mount Harriet, to to the side so to speak. So we’re here at the side, we’ve then got K company on the start line. Then L company come up and our job was to keep their heads down.

As soon as any firing started, our job was to just keep firing at that non-stop, until it stopped and you either got them or they moved.

Chris – Were you in the SF role now?

Davey – Yes I went into SF. I even thought because there was a couple of close ones, of taking my lace because I had spare laces. This sounds stupid but I thought of taking my lace out because it wouldn’t move. This SF is solid. I even thought I’d take my lace out and instead of sticking my head up, actually tying a lace and then pulling it to fire three or four you know?

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2 Para Battle For Goose Green | Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely | S.A.S. | #270

2 Para battle for Goose Green, features Nigel Ely, who served in the Falklands war, going on to become an S.A.S. trooper.

2 Para Battle For Goose Green | Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely

Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely is a veteran of 2 Para and the Special Air Service. He has served all over the globe and is a top-selling author. In this podcast, Nigel gives us his detailed version of events from the battle of Goose Green. He will also be a guest speaker at our forthcoming Falklands 40th anniversary event.

Transcript from ‘2 Para Battle For Goose Green’ podcast

Nigel – We had 20 odd prisoners but the heavy arms firing hadn’t died down they were still mortaring Darwin hill. They were still mortaring our positions eith artillery and then they flew in special forces in Huey’s and a couple of Chinooks. Then with these prisoners, these two Pakaras came around and didn’t attack. They came back again about 10 minutes later and they one of them dropped Napalm! They dropped a Napalm bomb and it actually dropped about 20 meters from me, well I’d say about 15 meters from me.

The momentum went away from me and missed the prisoners, but it singed me and it singed a couple of the other guys, so that’s how close it was. That combined with John Knox telling the Argies where we were, just made us enraged. What the hell are they doing dropping Napalm? This is fucking crazy you know, it’s outlawed.

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The UNTOLD Falklands War | Dave Jackson Royal Marines | #268

The untold Falklands War features Dave Jackson, a former Royal Marine & member of Minefield, a successful stage play about the Falklands War.

The UNTOLD Falklands War | Dave Jackson Royal Marines

Dr David Jackson is a former Royal Marines Signaller who served in both Northern Ireland and the Falklands War. He is part of the award-winning play, Minefield, which has successfully toured the world, including Argentina.

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Dave – I saw this advert and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I sort of gave up on education. I just did the the minimum and I always joked that I got a low level in geography CSE grade one, so I could read a map in the marines. That’s always been my sort of narrative about my school experience. So I joined two weeks after my sixteenth birthday in 1974. I didn’t want to be carrying heavy weights, so I decided I fancied being a signaller and I went on to do an RS course.

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SAS Rescue & Taking Back South Georgia | Mick Eivers | #266

SAS rescue & taking back South Georgia, features Mick Eivers who served in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Antrim, during the Falklands War.

SAS Rescue & Taking Back South Georgia | Mick Eivers

Michael Eivers is a veteran of the Royal Navy and served aboard the HMS Antrim during the Falklands conflict. Mick’s detailed account goes into the rescue of SAS troopers during a whiteout, taking out the Argentine submarine, Santa-Fe and dealing with damage onboard his ship.

Transcript from ‘SAS Rescue & Taking Back South Georgia’ podcast

Mick – We took them almost up to Ascension island and then transferred them all to other vessels. Then they were going to be repatriated via Uruguay and once we’d carried this out, we then joined up with the main task force. I’ll tell you something now that they come into play later. On the upper deck it was warm so we must have still been around Ascension. I remember looking up and I could see this Vulcan bomber flying overhead. I thought it was part of the task force.

Not knowing anything about black book missions and I only found out about all that later. We we’re heading back down to the Falklands and some of the ships had already been down there. They had been firing on Argentine positions, naval gunfire support, that that sort of thing. Probably inserting Special Forces for reconnaissance and eventually told that we were going to escort the main landings.

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The FALKLANDS WAR Horror You NEVER Hear | 40th Anniversary

The Falklands War horror you never hear, features Sean from the Royal Navy chatting with Chris about war and traumatic stress disorder.

The FALKLANDS WAR Horror You NEVER Hear | 40th Anniversary

Sean and Chris chat about the horrors of war and post traumatic stress disorder. Sean is a veteran of the Royal Navy and his father served as a Royal Marine. Sadly, Sean’s father suffered with PTSD and took his own life.

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Sean – My trade was survival equipment and I worked closely with air crew and stuff like that. I did some survival, so basically packing life rafts, parachutes and anything that you get air crew to do. I did 5 drills dunker air, which was running around new forest and getting stripped naked afterwards. The interrogation bit that was easy so I got marked above average from joint services interrogation organization. I did a few ships company drafts squadrons of 771, search and rescue and bounced around Illustrious. Then out in the middle east a bit.

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