Sunk In The Falklands | John Mew | HMS Coventry | #95

Sunk In The Falklands, features John Mew who served on HMS Coventry, one of the British ships sunk during The Falklands war.

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Sunk In The Falklands | John Mew | HMS Coventry

John Mew was the PTI on HMS Coventry when the ship was sunk in the Falklands Conflict. John was also a Royal Navy field gunner and commercial diver, but his toughest battle came after being diagnosed with PTSD in 2015.

Transcript snippet from ‘Sunk In The Falklands | John Mew | HMS Coventry’ podcast

Chris and John

C – John, how are you shipmate?

J – Fine, how are you?

C – Yes all good here mate, I’m just delighted really that through a mutual acquaintance Frank King. I’ve already done a podcast with Frank which will be premiering soon. Frank put us in contact, he said I’ve got a guy that I’m working with who was sank on a ship in the Falklands and my radar went up immediately. As you know I was on an aircraft carrier for a year and you have to do all the training obviously in case you have to abandon ship. It’s kind of the thing that every sailor does not want to happen, especially the poor old skipper. So it’s absolutely delightful to speak to you John, thank you  very much…

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando | #96

The Untold Story Of 45 Commando, features Major Andy Shaw who served in The Royal Marines. He won The King’s Badgeman in 98 troop, as the best young officer and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland.

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando

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.

Transcript snippet from ‘The Untold Story Of 45 Commando’ podcast

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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Simon Weston CBE Falklands War | #108

Simon Weston CBE is a veteran of the British Army who is known for his charity work and recovery from severe burn injuries suffered during the Falklands War.

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Simon Weston CBE Falklands War

Simon Weston CBE is a veteran of the British Army who is known for his charity work and recovery from severe burn injuries suffered during the Falklands War. On 8 June 1982 he was boarded with other members of his regiment on RFA Sir Galahad in Port Pleasant near Fitzroy, just off the Falkland Islands. The ship was hit and set on fire by the Argentine Skyhawk fighters during the Bluff Cove Air Attacks. His ship was carrying a huge amount of ordinance and thousands of gallons of diesel and petrol. Out of his platoon of 30 men, 22 lost their lives. The Welsh Guards lost a total of 48 men and 97 wounded aboard the Sir Galahad. Simon survived with 46% burns, in which his face was barely recognisable.

Transcript snippet from ‘Simon Weston CBE Falklands War’ podcast

Chris and Simon

C – Simon, how are you brother?

S – I’m ok, a bit stressed with some home improvements we’re having done. Other than that I’m tickety boo. I’ve got a lot of new projects waiting to start, but this damn virus is making everything so slow. It is what it is.

C – Do you have enough time for your family with all your commitments, because you are a very busy man.

S – Well it certainly was before the Covid thing. The thing is when I’m not working I’m spending time with my family and perhaps because people see me do a lot of work they think that’s all I do.

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Satanic Hollywood | Royal Marines Commando | #48


Satanic Hollywood Royal Marines Commando, features former Royal Marines Commando and Netflix director, Marty Stalker.

I chat with Marty and we discuss the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR), Afghanistan, film-making, satanism, satanic Hollywood and plant medicines.

Transcript snippet from ‘Satanic Hollywood | Royal Marines Commando’ podcast

Chris and Marty

‘Hello Friends

C – Marty, how are you brother?

M – I’m good, good to see you buddy.

C – Every now and then, well it’s not every now and then, it’s four times a day at the moment. I meet someone on social media or on linked in, that just has a fascinating story. Who’ve done so much stuff with their life, that I’m quite happily envious, I think is the right word. So it’s great to meet you.

M – Good, I’m a legend in my own mind.

C – That’s what we’re aiming for though isn’t it?

M – Yep, totally. I’m 39 and I could have written three or four books by now. ‘

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Special Forces Support Group | Parachute Regiment | #45

Special Forces Support Group, features Dave Radband who served ten operational tours in the world’s most violent hotspots as an member of the elite Special Forces Support Group, ‘SFSG’, before he found himself battling a far deadlier enemy.

Special Forces Support Group | Parachute Regiment

Dave Radband served TEN operational tours in the world’s most violent hotspots as an member of the elite Special Forces Support Group, ‘SFSG’, before he found himself battling a far deadlier enemy.

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Transcript snippet from the ‘Special Forces Support Group’ podcast

 

‘Hello Friends,

C – Hello Friends, and welcome to another edition of the Bought The T Shirt podcast. Today I’ve got the massive pleasure of talking to an incredible man, someone with a lot of military experience, someone with a lot of life experience and I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s overcome some big challenges and developed that sort of mindset we love to hear about.

D – Thanks for having us on mate, I appreciate it.

C – It’s a pleasure, I have to say a big thank you to Charlie, one of your fans. Charlie very kindly messaged me and asked me if I would have you on the show. Personal recommendations always count for a lot, they certainly do in the military. ‘

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Scuba Diving Accidents | Trauma | Dennis O’Connor | #36

Scuba Diving Accidents, features Irishman Dennis O’Connor, a mental health, anxiety and depression specialist, now living down under in Australia.
 
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like when your air runs out whilst Scuba-diving underwater? Watch this amazing podcast with mental health, anxiety and depression specialist Dennis O’Connor.

Transcript snippet from ‘Scuba Diving Accidents’ podcast.

Chris and Dennis

C – Hello Friends.

C – Dennis, how are you mate?

D – Very good Chris and yourself?

C-  Yes it’s amazing, no delightful to be talking to you in Australia, although I should have read your linked in profile better, as I didn’t realise you’re an Irishman down there.

D – Yes I thought the name would have given it away, the O’Connor part of it.

C – So I know the English sent our convicts down to Australia, was it the same for Ireland, or is my history really that bad?

D – No, your history is good, they did send them here. Some would say it’s the reason I’m here, but I’m denying everything!’

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Supporting Veterans With PTSD | Media Mind Control #26

Supporting Veterans With PTSD, features Graeme Bint chatting with Chris Thrall. Graeme is an ex airforce paratrooper and an expert in the topic of PTSD. We discuss sham-wars and the media mind control.

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Hello Friends,

Today I talk to Graeme Bint all about sham wars, media mind control and soldiers suffering with PTSD. This is a must watch video for all young men and women thinking about joining the military or doing your PRMC. Graeme Bint is a former RAF paratrooper with a fascinating insight on the above topics plus his thoughts on the military industrial complex and the banking scam.

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Special Boat Service Legend | OP Spartan Founder | #24

Special Boat Service Legend, features Stephen Burns MC chatting with Chris Thrall about his time with The Royal Marines, then going on to join the SBS. He now runs ‘Operation Spartan’ which is a unformed services and veteran community.

Special Boat Service Legend | OP Spartan Founder | #24

Transcript snippet from ‘Special Boat Service Legend’ podcast.

Hello Friends,
In this podcast I talk to SBS legend Stephen Burns MC, about his time in the marines and SBS. We also talk about the struggle of leaving military service, including finding focus after hitting the self destruct button with drink. Stephen used ‘Rock2Recovery’ to understand where his PTSD originated from. He now runs ‘Operation Spartan’ which is a unformed services and veteran community. A spellbinding journey from rock bottom to the tip top.

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