They Tried To Kill My Family | Sean Ivey Royal Marines | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #157

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When former Royal Marine Sean Ivey reported thugs to the police, the law did nothing and the thugs burned his house, car and caravan down while he and his family slept.

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Chris and Sean

C – Sean, I usually say how are you brother, but for some reason that doesn’t seem entirely appropriate, considering what the hell you and your family have just been through. But I’ll say it anyway, how are you mate?

S – I’m pretty good actually, because obviously for those who haven’t heard my house was set on fire because I stood up to anti social behaviour online, so my car, caravan and house were set on fire while we were asleep at night, and fortunately we’re all out and the outpouring of support has been amazing, and from the core family it’s just something to behold. But with it I’m going to use this platform now to make positive changes to antisocial behaviour and that’s keeping my spirits up because a lot of people are taking solace from the the fact that someone stood up to be heard and not back down and that’s what I want everyone to do. So my spirits are good, the kids are a little bit oblivious because their only five and seven. My missus is struggling to be honest…

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History Bro | The Falklands Conflict | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #155

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A chat with one of the channel’s biggest supporters, History Bro, about the Falklands Conflict – or was it a war? We discuss. History Bro’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEwYhrka7Je0ZASriyDWmyQ

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Chris and History Bro

C – History Bro how are you?

HB – Hi Mr Thrall it’s a pleasure to have a bit of your time, I really appreciate it. If we could talk about the Falklands a bit, is that what we’ve got on the docket today?

C –  You can see just by looking at your channel and for everybody watching I suggest you do, you’ve got a fairly in depth understanding of history, compared to someone like myself and I think we could talk forever, but shall we talk about the Falklands?

HB – Yeah, I would really like to, it’s one of things when I first got in touch with you that really sprung to mind with of course your history with the Royal Marines. Just to put it in a bit of context I’d like to say early on that neither of us where there if anyone’s under any weird idea. |I wasn’t even one years old, I was born in 1981 and I hadn’t even had my first birthday when the action went down on the Falklands there. I imagine you were ten or twelve at the time, that sort of age but it’s part of your regimental history…

 

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#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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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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#150 SAS Legend On The Fight For Goose Green | Nigel Ely | Special Air Service | Bought The T-Shirt

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Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely’s soldiering career in the Parachute Regiment, the SAS, as a Military Consultant and as a War Photojournalist has taken him in to some of the most high-octane battles of the modern era. From Northern Ireland, the Falklands, to Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, Spud has been in the thick of the most ferocious battles of modern times. He writes with passion, pace and the knowledge of someone who’s seen it and done it; because he has.

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Chris and Nigel

C – So Spud, is there something that makes people stay around Hereford after they’ve served.

N – Umm, no, well I love it. I’m a city boy and I’m a country boy, but I wouldn’t say there’s much to keep the lads around here. As a percentage I guess there’s very few of us who live here. Most of the guys move back home or overseas. I mean the camp is only five miles away from me as the crow flies, from my place. It’s nine miles away and I’m on the flight path to the Beacons, I get a lot of air traffic sometimes, but they don’t fly low enough for me. They always stay up high and I think they should get a bit of low level training!

C – So Spud, how old were you when you joined the parachute regiment, did you join the paras first? …

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#68 Nick Dunn | SFSG | 1 Para | Surviving HELL | The Chennai Six | Podcast

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Arrested and imprisoned in India as one of the ‘Chennai Six’, Nick wasn’t just innocent of any crime – there was no crime. Stationed on an anti-piracy ship to protect vessels against Somali pirates, the six were arrested and falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters and the possession of illegal weapons. Nick lost four years of his life trapped in a legal nightmare in India, thousands of miles from home and his family, spending the bulk of his time in appalling conditions at Chennai prison with extremely limited contact to the outside world. Despite this, Nick refused to buckle, and now he tells his full story of endurance and survival for the very first time.

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Chris and Nick

C – Nick how are you brother?

N – I’m good thank you very much.

C – You’ve been through a lot.

N – Yes, you could say that.

C – On the bright side you’ve got a book coming out.

N – I do yes, and I’m trying to promote it at best as I can. Hopefully during lockdown people can potentially read and take something worth of value from the book, especially when I’m talking about isolation. People may say you were in a prison and I’m at home. For people with mental health problems they feel they are a prison in their own home. I want to shed light on what my isolation was like and the stuff I had available, people can then think well I’m not in a prison and look at the stuff they have at their disposal…

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#69 1 Para In Iraq | Steve Mathews | Special Forces Support Group | Parachute Regiment

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Steve Mathews fought with 1 Para in Iraq and went onto serve with the Special Forces Support Group. Steve explains all about the airborne brigade, the death of the military policeman at at Majar al-Kabir, how 1 Para almost jumped into battle, how the parachute course is run and his current work as a civilian security contractor in Iraq. We discuss the parachute course at Brize Norton including the skyvan and the old balloon jump, and what it like to work alongside the Special Air Force (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) and training, tactics and weapons.

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Chris and Steve

C – Steve how are you brother?

S – I’m good thank you how are you?

C – I’m very well mate, thank you for asking. You’re in Iraq as we speak?

S – Yeah, currently on lockdown in Baghdad, Iraq yeah.

C – What position are you holding in there?

S – I’m basically working for a private security company. Part of the regional management team. So we basically oversee all the projects in our region and provide support for those projects.

C – If we go back to the beginning, it was 1 Para you were in?

S – Yeah, so I left school in the year 2000, always wanted to join the military, I had three other family members in the parachute regiment at the time, so my allegiance was to the parachute regiment. I was too young to join as an adult entry, so my only option was to go to the army foundation college in Harrogate…

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#70 Stolen ‘Valor’ Exposed | Ben’s Story | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty

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My most heroic guest to date helps me explore the truth behind veteran impersonation aka Water Mitty or Stolen Valor (valour – UK spelling)

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Chris and Ben

C – Ben, how are you brother?

B – I’m doing good how are you?

C – Running out of clever replies, that probably aren’t really that clever.

B – When someone asks me this at work or whatever my usual reply when someone asks me how are you? I answer loving life. No matter what type of day it is, it’s positive affirmation. Sometimes good is just as sufficient, but I think if you say that enough times it gets contagious and other people start to say it whether they mean it or not.

C – I don’t mean to be rude to my guests but they’ve got to sort out the way they fricking speak man. All this “I’m good”. This is England, we’re British and we’re very proud about that. We’re not nationalistic but we’re proud not to have to copy other countries. People can speak how they want, of course they can but I do think though. I think people who are easily swayed with their language just start saying what other people say. You know like this ‘passed’ thing instead of died. They use ‘passed’. I personally think there’s a lot to dissect there…

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#146 Andy Guest | Royal Marines Freefall Display Team | Mujahideen | Base Jumper | Anti-Piracy

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Andy Guest has a lust for adventure and lives life on the edge. In his pursuit of excellence in the world of skydiving – including being a member of the world-famous Royal Marines Freefall Display Team – and BASE jumping, Andy has achieved many firsts and broken several records. We discuss his experience of the gruelling Royal Marines training at Lympstone, active service in ‘Bandit Country’ Northern Ireland, the horrors of war-torn Afghanistan and piracy of the open seas.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you brother?

A – I’m good mate, how are you?

C – Yes phenomenal, absolutely delighted you could join us today for an episode of the Bought The Tee Shirt podcast. For our friends at home, Andy is a former Royal Marines Commando, like myself, and to say this gentleman has an absolutely adventure packed history, doing all of those Boys Own things, that some of us try to do a little bit, but for the most part we have to aspire too. I’m delighted you came on the show mate, thank you…

 

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#92 Alex Reid | Paratrooper | Media Personality | Big Brother Winner | Actor | MMA

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Alex Reid is a man of many talents – paratrooper, actor, celebrity, MMA cage fighter, Big Brother winner, the list goes on. He’s also a phenomenally nice guy who knows his stuff.

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Chris and Alex

C- We’re live, how are you Alex brother?

A – I’m still in my jim jams, and I thought I’d pick out my old Commando T Shirt today, as you’re an ex Commando. It’s funny I haven’t worn this T Shirt in many, many years. I run boot camps now, and when I came out of the army I never wanted to wear combats again. But obviously running a boot camp, you want to have that kind of feel, so I put on my old uniform.

C – I would just like to do an extended thanks to the British Military for providing me with an excellent set of gardening clothes. You can also wear them on building sites!

A – Did you take an NBC suit home?

C- Nah, I left in all a bit of a hurry, but with what’s going on at the moment, I wish I’d liberated a bloody machine gun! …

 

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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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