Fairbairn Sykes Commando Dagger | Paul McDonald | Podcast #261

Fairbairn Sykes Commando Dagger features master swordmaker Paul McDonald detailing his work with the Commando Dagger.

Fairbairn Sykes Commando Dagger

Paul McDonald with the British Army, is the owner of Master at Arms and is a master sword maker. Specialising in all edged weaponary, we hear about the famous Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger.

Transcript from ‘Fairbairn Sykes Commando Dagger’ podcast

Paul – I had to take that plunge and I started specializing in historically accurate swords and knives. That was the focus to start with and I didn’t have a a main product at that time. That certainly changed along the way as my interest grew. I became a bit more focused as well and it wasn’t until 2008 that myself and a good friend who was involved with the academy of arms, decided to start a world war two based living history group.

We focused on the original commando training, from the highland training centers and the close combat. It was quite evident that the the F.S. fighting knife, the famous commando knife was right at the heart of that too. So that led to a path of of a quite intense focus on that knife and to remake it again as accurately and as closely as the original world war two examples.

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42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet | #260

42 Commando Royal Marines, features Jeff Williams WO2, a Royal Marines veteran, recalling the battle for Mount Harriet.

42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet

Jeff Williams of 42 Commando, tells the amazing story of how Mount Kent was secured, followed by the subsequent battle for Mount Harriet. He was a young corporal at the time of the Falklands War. Jeff served in 42 Commando’s HQ and finished his military career as a Warrant Officer Class 2. (WO2)

Transcript from ’42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet’ podcast

Jeff – I spoke to a lot of the guys about it and they all thought it was an April fool. We didn’t believe they could have done it but they had and so we’re all fired up then to go. We should point out here it wasn’t a surrender, it was a ceasefire. The governor said, you know there’s no point, so he ordered the guys to put their weapons down.

We traveled down to union and had a couple of days to get ready. I remember getting all the kit and and checking everything was right. I wasn’t supposed to go to the Falklands, but being irritating, I went up to the company commander and said, look I want to go. He said look you’re on a senior command course and that’s important in your life. I said I don’t care, I’ve got to go.

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Teenager In The Falklands War | Gaz Tombling | Bought The T-Shirt

Teenager In The Falklands War features Gaz Tombling who served with the Royal Signals and saw action in the Falklands war.

Teenager In The Falklands War | Gaz Tombling

Gaz Tombling served in the Royal Signals and served during the Falklands War. He is also an admin with the Global Veterans Alliance. Gaz shares his Falklands experience in great detail with Chris, offering detail with often humourous recollections.

Transcript from ‘Teenager In The Falklands War’ podcast

Gaz – If I’m perfectly honest, I went down to Deepcut in Surrey to have the final interview. They said what do you want to join and I said I want to go into the Paras. They went yes everything looks good for that so go off and have your lunch, have a think about it. I came back from the lunch and looked on the walls. It had murals of paratroopers dropping down and all this sort of stuff and I thought, that’s great. If I find out I don’t like it, what am I going to come out with you know?

I thought well at least if I go into the Signals, I’m going to have a trade I’ll be able to use. So really it was that logic that made me make that decision and put me in the Signals.

Chris – Yes tell us a bit about training and what’s it like settling into Royal Signals life.

Gaz – Well the infantry training is standard training and I’d spent a good four or five years as a kid in the army cadets. Once you’ve got through nine months of infantry training with a bit of communication stuff thrown in, you then go on to your designated trade.

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Who Dares Wins | Phil Campion SAS| Bought The T-Shirt #257

Who dares wins features big Phil Campion who is a veteran of the Special Air Service, champion of the cadets and a media personality.

Who Dares Wins | Phil Campion SAS| Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Phil Campion’s military career started with the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Phil went on to complete both the Commando course and ‘P Company’. Later Phil applied for special-forces selection and he served with D Squadron 22 SAS. Leaving the army with the rank of Staff Sergeant, Phil joined the ‘Circuit’ and became a top-selling author. Seen on national tv, Phil has become a well-received personality in the media and is now a proud champion of the Army Cadet Force.

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Phil – Yes I was in the S.A.S. and yes I’ve been on television and yes I’ve also had some major problems in my life. It’s not all over and you don’t give up at the first hurdle. You don’t just go, ‘Oh I’ve had a few problems and boom it’s all over, the world’s ending’. It’s not that bad if you still have oxygen in your lungs and there’s still something you can do about it.

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Elite Forces Discuss Flying Planes & Jumping | Jamie Hull SAS | #256

Elite Forces Discuss Flying Planes & Jumping, features SAS veteran, Jamie Hull who jumped from a burning airplane.

Elite Forces Discuss Flying Planes & Jumping | Jamie Hull SAS | Bought The T-Shirt

Jamie Hull is a veteran of the Special Air Service Reserve. Whilst out on a routine solo flight, his aeorplane’s engine caught fire. With flames encroaching his limbs, Jamie kept his head and remembered his flight instructor’s advice to, ‘Fly the damn plane!’ After Jamie had brought the plane down to a slightly safer altitude, he climbed out onto the wing and made a jump for it. The jump alone caused great damage to his body and with four degree burns, there seemed little chance of survival. Jamie sustained 60 per cent third-degree burns to his body, tissue scarring and internal injuries. He was given only a five per cent chance of survival.

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Jamie – They switch off with the supervision and they let them get on with it because they know they’re safe. They’re in the lounge, the snug or their bedroom and they’re watching untold amounts and a lot of it’s uncensored.

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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.

Transcript from ‘The FALKLANDS WAR Horror You NEVER Hear’ podcast

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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SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Bought The T-Shirt #251

Shot in Afghanistan features Toby Gutteridge, who was a Special Boat Service soldier, left paralyzed from a bullet through his neck.

SHOT In Afghanistan | Special Boat Service | Toby Gutteridge | Bought The T-Shirt

Toby Gutteridge is a former member of the Special Boat Service. He is also one of the youngest ever recruits to pass their elite selection process. Shot through the neck whilst operating behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, he was unable to breathe for over 20 minutes. Doctors recommended his life-support machine be switched off. With a defiant spirit, Toby pulled through and rebuilt his life. After returning to formal education, Toby attained a first-class honours degree and now runs his own company called, ‘Bravery’. Toby’s book, ‘Never Will I Die’, is a passionate account of life triumphing over death.

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Toby – On an operation a sniper got me in their crosshairs and luckily it just winged me. Basically it was a million dollar wound I suppose. One inch to the left and it probably would have taken my arm completely off. It was the Dragonov sniper rifle. If that had been one inch to the left, it would have hit the bone of my upper shoulder and probably would have taken my arm completely off. I would have had to have it amputated so yes, very lucky there. As it went straight clean through and I was back out on the ground soon afterwards.

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Falklands War 40th Anniversary | UNTOLD Stories | Bought The T-Shirt

Falklands War 40th Anniversary features veterans from the army, navy and marines, who fought to retake the British Islands.

Falklands War 40th Anniversary | UNTOLD Stories

The Falklands War was instigated on April 2nd 1982, when General Galtieri’s Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. 68 Royal Marines who were newly stationed on the islands, fought a determined battle against overwhelming Argentine forces. With little options available, Governor Rex Hunt implimented a ceasefire, asking the Royal Marines to stand-down. Unfortunately for the Argentine forces, Margaret Thatcher’s government was intent on retaking British territory back. Her government quickly set about sending a taskforce over 8000 miles, to take back the islands. In this Falklands 40th anniversary podcast, we hear from the troops who won the battles. Their actions ultimately led to Galtieri’s dictatorship coming to an end.

Transcript from ‘Falklands War 40th Anniversary’ podcast

Ricky – There were not quite 70 of us today and when we come back, we’re bringing the whole corps and there’ll be seven thousand of us. He said, you should have seen him, the guy was crying.

Andy – The company commander had called us in and he told us about the battle of Goose Green. That was the 28th of May. That was the day Colonel Jones was killed with 17 others of his battalion. I was in the first land battle and up to that point, we had no idea it was happening. My mother in Wales knew more about the Falklands war than I did and it came as a complete surprise to discover a battalion attack had been put in. It was a very gutsy thing to do and I’ve got great respect for the paras who were massively outnumbered with none of the support they expected.

To hear their C.O. had been killed along with everybody else was a real shock. The BBC world service told the world, including the enemy that we were about to attack. Colonel Jones said to his own group that he was going to sue the bastards when he got back and obviously he didn’t.

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Exocet INBOUND | HMS Glasgow In The Falklands | Podcast #239

Exocet inbound, HMS Glasgow in the Falklands, features Andy Williams, who served in the Royal Navy and as a firefighter.

Exocet INBOUND | HMS Glasgow In The Falklands

Andy Williams is a veteran of the Royal Navy and served on HMS Glasgow during the Falklands War. Glasgow saw action early in the war when her Lynx helicopter severely damaged the Argentine naval vessel, Alferez Sobral. Glasgow then detected an Exocet missile fired at the Task Force and warned the fleet. HMS Sheffield failed to receive the warning and was hit, later sinking. Andy found himself just inches away from an Argentine missile that struck the side of his ship. Luckily, Glasgow managed to stay in the fight, taking on the role of long-range fleet defence. After leaving the Royal Navy, Andy became a firefighter and with years of experience, he pulls no punches in describing his work and his observations regarding recent emergencies in London. He now works as a trauma specialist, helping people to deal with PTSD.

Transcript from ‘Exocet INBOUND’ podcast

Andy – We got dragged down into the engine room by the chief stoker, to set about repairing the two huge holes on the water line. It was amazing going down the ladder and seeing daylight in the engine room. That just blew me away and bright green sea cascading through these great big holes.

Within a relatively short amount of time we were shifting a huge amount of water and we set about fixing it. We were freezing and we didn’t have a chance to put our orange survival suits on.

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A Royal Marines Special | Atlantic Dagger | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

A Royal Marines Special, features the Atlantic Dagger crew, who rowed the Atlantic ocean in aid of the Royal Marines Charity.

A Royal Marines SPECIAL | Atlantic Dagger

Atlantic Dagger are a team of both serving and veteran marines who have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Their epic challenge started from Gran-Canaria last December and finished in Barbados after a gruelling 3000 mile slog.

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Jason – I took part in Harriet nine with 42 commando. It was a good experience. I’ve done a wide variety of soldiering. We were doing anything from intel-gathering, to finding I.E.D factories and we were battling with the insurgents. It’s definitely a valuable experience and one of the highlights of my career.

Conor – Oscar came up with the idea of combining the two teams as Mitch and I had a bit of experience on the boats.

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