Operator Bodyguard Soldier | Gina Allsop | Bought The T-Shirt #294

Operator Bodyguard Soldier, features Gina Allsop, a Royal Signals Regiment, who’s career involved special operations & close protection duties.

Operator Bodyguard Soldier | Gina Allsop | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

Gina Allsop’s military career started in the 30th Signals Regiment, nick-named the ‘Globetrotters’. In conflict or crisis, they were one of the first units out there due to their state of the art communications. Gina went on to train US Delta-Force and Navy Seals in surveillance and tactics. After serving all over the world, Gina was due to retire. Aged 30, her new career was working in close protection for high-profile personalities. She turned down the offer of being Britney Spears’ body guard, as she wouldn’t be able to work undercover again. Diagnosed with PTSD, Gina received help from SSAFA and took on her own charity events, to help raise money for other veterans.

Transcript from ‘Operator Bodyguard Soldier’ podcast

Gina – When I’m on tour I try and help the local community, so if there’s things set up, I will try and do it. I used to go and see the orphans when I had some down time. You used to go and and play with them and chat to them. That’s like you know, the reality of war isn’t it, because you do see that is quite heartbreaking. I remember we used to take chocolate bars and I had a big box of Twix and I got them all running at me and I was handing out twixes. This one little kid came up with his face covered in chocolate. I had to give him another one because it was like, the cheek of him was brilliant.

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SAS Captain to Mercenary | Political Prisoner | #127

SAS Captain to Mercenary, features Simon Mann who  is a British former Special Air Service (SAS) army officer and legendary condottiere.

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SAS Captain to Mercenary | Political Prisoner | Simon Mann

Simon Mann is a British former Special Air Service (SAS) army officer and legendary condottiere (not mercenary as often wrongly labelled). Simon trained at Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards. On leaving the military, he co-founded the private military company, Executive Outcomes and co-founded Sandline International with fellow ex-Scots Guards Colonel Tim Spicer in 1996, operating mostly in Angola and Sierra Leone. On 7 March 2004, Mann is alleged to have led the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt. He was arrested by Zimbabwean police in Harare airport, along with 64 other private contractors – branded as ‘mercenaries’.

Simon served three years of a four-year prison sentence in Zimbabwe and less than two years of a 34 years and four months sentence in Equatorial Guinea. Simon is now a much-sought-after public speaker and consultant.

Transcript snippet from .SAS Captain to Mercenary’ podcast

Chris and Simon

C – Simon how are you Sir?

S – I’m good thanks.

C -You’re in Johannesburg aren’t you?

S – Yep, it’s lovely, normal, no lockdown, it’s lovely.

C – Yeah, wow, I was there when I took my trip to Mozambique, we obviously had to fly into South Africa. We stayed at a lodge in Joburg called Brown Sugar, do you know it?

S – No!

C – Well let me just say, one night in Johannesburg is like one night in Bangkok, just with less girls!…

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