Special Air Service Secrets & Legends | John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman #290

Special Air Service Secrets & Legends features John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, who is a legend of the British special forces and expert in survival.

Special Air Service Secrets & Legends | John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman

John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman is a true legend of the British Special Air Service. John served with the SAS for over 26 years and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major, B Squadron. He also founded the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team. He has also been named the ‘Godfather of every major US Tier One Unit’. Lofty’s SAS Survival books have been international best-sellers, providing invaluable advice for almost any emergency situation. Part Two features Lofty putting to bed the rumours and myths that have grown from main-stream-media. There is also an in-depth account of the famous battle of Mirbat, where 9 SAS Troopers held off nearly 400 enemy soldiers!

Transcript from ‘Special Air Service Secrets & Legends’ podcast

Lofty – When he came back to the squadron to take over D Squadron, he wanted to do parts of selection again, so he volunteered. He didn’t have to do it, he’d come back and he said he would like to do endurance march. So when going back to the squadron, people wouldn’t say oh he’s come through the back door. I had breakfast with him at three o’clock in the morning and we dispatched him over the hills.

He got hypothermia and he died on Brecon Beacons. He’s not the first I’m guessing and won’t be the last. You know it’s the toughest force in the world for a reason.

Chris – What about those three troopers that died and where they did they came from? They were reservists weren’t they and they got heat stroke?

Lofty – You shouldn’t have to tell trained soldiers water discipline.

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SAS LEGEND Of Survival | John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman | Special Air Service #285

SAS Legend Of Survival, features John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman whom spent 26 years in the Special Air Service, and write best-selling survival books.

SAS LEGEND Of Survival | John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman | Special Air Service

John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman is a true legend of the British Special Air Service. He joined the Parachute Regiment in 1958 and immediately applied to join the SAS. He set the record as being the youngest person to ever pass selection, at just eighteen years of age! John served with the SAS for over 26 years and rose to the rank of Sergeant Major, B Squadron. His impressive record includes being Head of Operational Research and training the first members of the US Green Berets to return to the USA, to form their Delta Force.

He also founded the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team. On retiring from the regiment, his commanding officer said of him, ‘Lofty is a legend in this regiment’. John’s also been named the ‘Godfather of every major US Tier One Unit’. Lofty’s SAS Survival books have been international best-sellers and still to this day, provide invaluable advice for almost any emergency situation.

Transcript from ‘SAS LEGEND Of Survival’ podcast

John – I was teaching survival in the regiment and the course notes were terrible. It was inaccurate so I thought the first thing I’ll do is get some good handouts. So I started getting everything together and that was the basics of the book. I took it to my colonel and he said, look go and get this published. That was his advice to me, so I added stuff to make it applicable to everyone, for all ages and and before I knew it, I’d come out of the army and the book was printed. It gave me the pedigree to then open my survival score and I’ve never looked back. It’s still in production now.

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SKYDIVE Over EVEREST | John Chart | Bought The T-Shirt #283

Skydive over Everest, features John Chart who was a fireman for over 26 years, until being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

SKYDIVE Over EVEREST | John Chart

John Chart was a London Firefighter for over 26 years until ill health ended his career. He was diagnosed with the dibilitating Motor-Neurone Disease. With the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham SAS cheering him on, John is fighting this all the way. John joined wounded veterans in a charity bicycle ride across the length of the UK. He then fulfilled his dream of skydiving over Mount Everest. Viewer discretion advised as some parts of this podcast relating to firefighting, may be unsettling for some viewers.

Transcript from ‘Skydive Over Everest’ podcast

John – She’d been dragged along the line by the train which had obviously punctured into her side. In the end they took them off me and put them in one of these bags to secure them. The the tragedy of that, was that the woman passed away sadly afterwards. Then we had another one where this woman had emphysema and had the oxygen equipment to do the breathing.

This old dear was sitting indoors on her oxygen equipment. She was taking one breath of oxygen then taking the mask away and having a drag of a cigarette. Oxygen and heat don’t go well together, so the next thing was a massive explosion that blew out the windows. This was all over the news.

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The UNTOLD Battle For Mount Harriet | Major ‘Molly’ Macpherson #281

The untold battle for Mount Harriet, features Major Molly Macpherson who took part in the battles for Mount Kent & Mount Harriet.

The UNTOLD Battle For Mount Harriet

Major William ‘Molly’ Macpherson joined the Royal Marines in 1980 and went on to fight in the Falklands War. William served in 42, 40 and 45 commando, going on to become a Mountain Leader. He also worked with the Special Boat Service. Major Macpherson also served as an Instructor at USMC’s Mountain warfare centre for 2 years. With a highly esteemed career, Molly takes us through his days as a young marine, thrust straight into the Falklands War. Hear in detail the stories behind Mount Kent and Mount Harriet, taken mainly by 42 Commando.

Transcript from ‘The UNTOLD Battle For Mount Harriet’ podcast

Molly – Shaking my head, my ears were ringing and touching myself, thinking where have I been hit? Then Dave Pickard was basically shaken and was down in front of me. The wet was still on the hexy cooker which always amazes me that it didn’t fall over.

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2 Para Battle For Goose Green | Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely | S.A.S. | #270

2 Para battle for Goose Green, features Nigel Ely, who served in the Falklands war, going on to become an S.A.S. trooper.

2 Para Battle For Goose Green | Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely

Nigel ‘Spud’ Ely is a veteran of 2 Para and the Special Air Service. He has served all over the globe and is a top-selling author. In this podcast, Nigel gives us his detailed version of events from the battle of Goose Green. He will also be a guest speaker at our forthcoming Falklands 40th anniversary event.

Transcript from ‘2 Para Battle For Goose Green’ podcast

Nigel – We had 20 odd prisoners but the heavy arms firing hadn’t died down they were still mortaring Darwin hill. They were still mortaring our positions eith artillery and then they flew in special forces in Huey’s and a couple of Chinooks. Then with these prisoners, these two Pakaras came around and didn’t attack. They came back again about 10 minutes later and they one of them dropped Napalm! They dropped a Napalm bomb and it actually dropped about 20 meters from me, well I’d say about 15 meters from me.

The momentum went away from me and missed the prisoners, but it singed me and it singed a couple of the other guys, so that’s how close it was. That combined with John Knox telling the Argies where we were, just made us enraged. What the hell are they doing dropping Napalm? This is fucking crazy you know, it’s outlawed.

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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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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.

Transcript from ‘Who Dares Wins’ podcast

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.

Transcript from ‘Elite Forces Discuss Flying Planes & Jumping Out Of Them’ podcast

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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Bravo Three Zero | Des Powell SAS | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #243

Bravo Three Zero features Des Powell, who served in the Parachute regiment and the Special Air Service, during the first Gulf War.

Bravo Three Zero | Behind Enemy Lines | Des Powell SAS

Des Powell served in the Parachute Regiment as a sergeant major and served another 20 years in the SAS. A former PT instructor in 1 PARA, he became the Unarmed Combat and Fitness instructor for B Squadron SAS. He helped pioneer HALO, HAHO and other covert airborne entry techniques. The SAS were called upon to hunt down the mobile Scud rocket launchers in Iraq. Much has been written about the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol. Des has set the record straight with his exceptional book, ‘SAS Bravo Three Zero, The Explosive Untold Story’.

Transcript from ‘Bravo Three Zero’ podcast

Des – Parachuting can be high altitude, which is HALO high altitude low opening and here’s HAHO, high altitude high opening. It’s to deal with oxygen and you’d normally jump in at night, at 25,000 feet. That’s approximately five miles up.

I was in Air Troop B-Squadron and I really enjoyed my time there. I’ve talked about Air Troop, Mountain, Boat and Mobility. All the soldiers have the same skills, it’s just how we gain entry to a particular conflict zone, that are different.

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23 SAS Continuation Training | Nick Grainge | UKSF | Podcast #235

23 SAS continuation training, features Nick Grainge, who is a special forces veteran and creator of, ‘Elite Outdoor Fitness’.

23 SAS Continuation Training | Nick Grainge

Nick Grainge is a highly successful athlete and veteran of 23 Special Air Service. In this podcast, Nick explains a little about continuation training within the reserve special-forces. Nick’s company, Elite Outdoor Fitness, offers a comprehensive course for beginners to pro-atheletes. Their former UK Special Forces team nurtures positivity, motivation and momentum to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Transcript from ’23 SAS Continuation Training’ podcast

Nick – To know that you’re okay, you need to be working hard and go on that hill with weight. You don’t go out and just wear a pair of boots, you should be running five hundred meters in a pair of boots or walking around with them and then do one mile. Then doing two miles, four miles and then ten miles. After a while you just do it, don’t you? It’s not about just lobbing straight in there.

If you break your training down very specifically and then start to put it all together, you start taxing your body and there is a lot of research that’s been done recently. One of the guys that’s part of it, got a quite high acclaimed award. One of them’s got a Nobel prize as well. There’s three elements within our bodies and systems that normally are relatively dormant. A lot of research has proven that if you can stimulate these responses, this fight or flight or this defense mechanism, these elements fire off and they they suggest at the moment that it can contribute to maybe fourteen extra years of life.

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