23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #223

23 SAS in Iraq, features Nick Grainge who served with the British special-forces, going on to become a highly successful athlete.

23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge

Nick is a highly successful athlete across a broad spectrum of physical and mental disciplines. He has won competitions internationally across a range of events. These include sprint triathlons, ultra mountain races and long expeditions across the world with the Special Forces. In this podcast, Nick tells us about his time as a 23 SAS operative whilst serving in the middle-east.

Transcript from ’23 SAS in Iraq’ podcast

Nick – When I joined HRC I had to do a separate selection. It was devised by a bit of a legend that was in 22. I won’t mention his name, if you don’t mind, but he was an inspirational character and helped me facilitate my move forward. In actual fact, he was the one that approached me on a number of times and said, ‘I want you to go for HRC’.

What we found was that everybody from 22 and 23, were very capable SF soldiers. When they went to 22, they all got stand-up fails at the end. They weren’t right for that unit and much later, the guy who devised HRC, had a look at that whole political kind of situation I believe. I’d left by that time in 2004 and said, look this isn’t good enough. These are these are lads that essentially I have trained, because I devised this unit called HRC.

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BBC Film Danny Boy | Brian Wood MC | Podcast #151

The BBC film and docudrama, ‘Battle Of Danny Boy’ Brian Wood MC, features Brian Wood MC chatting with Chris Thrall. The soldier was falsely accused by disgraced lawyer, Phil Shiner, of war crimes during The Iraq war.  Shiner’s firm were behind 65% of the allegations received by IHAT.

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BBC Film Danny Boy | Brian Wood MC

Brian Wood MC, former Colour Sergeant with The Princes of Wales Royal Regiment, was awarded the Military Cross. This is 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. This was the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in 25 years. Read Brian’s book ‘Double Crossed’ https://amzn.to/38cNQxQ

Danny Boy is now a BBC docudrama (documentary drama) film.

Transcript from ‘BBC Film Danny Boy | Brian Wood MC’ podcast

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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The SPECIAL FORCES Experience | #61

The Special Forces Experience features Jason Bowen who is a former Special Forces Signaller.

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The SPECIAL FORCES Experience

Jason Bowen is a former Special Forces Signaller who now runs ‘The S.F. Experience’. The S.F. Experience is staffed by former elite operators from the SAS, SBS and SFSG to give members of the public a taste of the hardest military selection course in the world.

Transcript from ‘The SPECIAL FORCES Experience’ podcast

Chris and Jason

C – Jason how you doing mate?

J – I’m all good thanks Chris, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to chat to you mate.

C – Who’s got the best backdrop, that’s the question.

J – It does look a little bit corporate doesn’t it.

C – I’ve been told about what you’re doing and that’s obviously part of what we’re going to talk about, it sounds amazing.

J – Thanks yeah.

C – I’m all up for giving people the military experience without sending them to war. I’m all for peace these days in my old age. But yes incredible. So what is the SF experience?

J – Well it started off back in 2013. Tragically three guys died in the Brecon Beacons on SAS reserve selection. There was a lot of news coverage at the time and it got quite political.

One of the guys fathers, I knew him briefly and I felt sorry for the parents because all this political stuff was going on in the press and the media. There was little compassion for

the parents and I felt like I wanted to do something for them.

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