SAS Iranian Embassy Siege | Rusty Firmin #176

Rusty Firmin was Special Air Service (SAS) Blue Team and back door Assault Team Leader, at the Iranian Embassy Siege.

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GO! GO! GO! SAS Iranian Embassy Siege Rusty Firmin

Rusty Firmin was Special Air Service (SAS) Blue Team and back door Assault Team Leader, at the Iranian Embassy Siege. He served in SAS B Squadron, HQ Squadron 23 SAS permanent staff instructor and in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He went on to work as a security consultant, close protection operative, security manager, author, speaker and consultant.

Transcript from ‘GO! GO! GO! SAS Iranian Embassy Siege’ podcast

C – All the preparations are in place. You’re running on adrenaline  and you’re about to put your life on the line for the very last time. Just as you’re going in, The BBC broadcast your secret to the  whole world.  What what was all that all about?

R – You know at the end of the day there’s no televisions inside the embassy that I’m aware of. That’s exactly what they would do. Don’t forget they’ve been sat outside there themselves from day one and cameras glued to the balcony front.

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Iranian Embassy Siege | Robin Horsfall | #93

Iranian Embassy Siege, features Robin Horsfall, who is a legend amongst the world of military names. Also known as, ‘The wise old paratrooper’, Robin was part of the famous Iranian Embassy seige and The Falkands war. He is also now an accomplished writer and poet.

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Iranian Embassy Siege | Robin Horsfall

Robin Horsfall is ‘The Wise Old Paratrooper.’ He served with the Parachute Regiment and 22 Special Air Service (SAS) from 1972 to 1984. He took part in several famous missions including the SAS Embassy Siege in London on May 5th 1980, later made into the film, ‘6 Days’ as advised on by Rusty Firmin – and an ‘insane’ mission into Argentina in 1982. These are just some of his many exploits.

An acclaimed martial artist, in recent years he started placing philosophical maxims on social media and became known as ‘The Wise Old Paratrooper.’ Robin is a spokesperson for Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans.

Transcript snippet from podcast

Chris and Robin

C – Robin, how are you Sir?

R – Yeah I’m good, as well as can be expected under the circumstances I think, but I’m still here.

C – Yes, strange times, but you’re no stranger to them.

R – No, no. I’m sixty three now, but have managed to pack a lot into those sixty three years. Depends where you wanna go with it really.

C – Well, I would say a lot of wisdom comes from your sixty three, I was reading some of your paratrooper books, sorry the wise old paratrooper.

R – Yes, yes I did a little trilogy when I broke my neck so I couldn’t carry on teaching Karate, so I went off to Surrey University while my neck healed as an undergraduate at the age of 56, graduated at 59 in English literature with creative writing. I could have stayed on but I just wanted to write…

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