Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour | #169

Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour, was four marines who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes. This mammoth task was done in support of the Royal Marines Charity, raising almost £50,000

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Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour

Serving Royal Marines Commandos David Bruce and Sam Edwards together with former Royal Marines and recovering veterans Junior Mcilhiney and Will Schweppes rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes, to support of the Royal Marines Charity and raising almost £50,000

Transcript from ‘Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour’

W – We were always clipped onto the boat at all times whenever we were on deck, so when we were changing over, we’d always make sure we we’re clipping on to the the safety line. We’d obviously be wearing a life jacket or we had little climbing up harnesses which we took the leg loops out, so we’re just using the belt.

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US Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator BUDS & Combat | #74

US Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator breaks down BUDS & Combat. This podcast features Aaron Howard chatting with Chris Thrall, regarding his career and injury fighting in Afghanistan.

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US Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator BUDS & Combat

Ever wondered what it must be like to train and fight with SEAL Team 6? What BUDS and Hell Week must be like? In these podcast CLIPS, Former US Navy SEAL Aaron Howard breaks down SEAL Team Six’s combat and and behind the scenes training. Aaron explains how he was severely injured in Afghanistan but faces his toughest battle yet.

Transcript snippet from ‘US Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator BUDS & Combat’ podcast

Chris and Aaron

C – Aaron, how are you brother?

A – I’m good how are you?

C – Yeah, really well thank you? Which part of the States are you in?

A – I’m up in Virginia on the Eastern shore.

C – Okay, Norfolk is in Virginia right?

A – It’s about a three hour drive South from D.C.

C – Yeah I was in Virginia when I was in the marines I was on an aircraft carrier for a year, and we stopped in Virginia and we hired a car and drove up to Washington. That was a hell of a trip.

A – I bet, especially on the shoot up.

C – So Aaron, I think I should point out you’re are the first Navy Seal we’ve had on the show. We’ve heard a lot of SAS and some SBS guys from this side of the pond, but from the Atlantic side of America you’re the first Navy Seal. So thank you and congratulations…

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Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines | #75

Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines Commando Unit, features Chris Thrall talking about the commando’s training in Norway.

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Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines Commando Unit

Ever wondered what it is like to fight in the Norwegian Arctic, carrying an eighty pound bergen on a pair of skis, jumping into ice-cold water and sleeping in a snowcave? In this podcast I talk about my arctic warfare training in Norway (AWT) in the first year of a Royal Marines Commando Unit.

Transcript snippet from ‘Arctic Warfare Training AWT’ podcast

Chris

C – Hello friends, I hope this finds you well. Welcome back to another in my what’s the royal marines really like series. I’ve been really looking forward to doing this for quite some time now, because I’m going to talk about Norway, which looking back at least was an experience I was so glad I went through, if maybe I wasn’t so happy at the time for reasons I’ll explain. So Norway is where the Royal Marines do their Arctic Warfare training. I first sort of came across the Norway experience as opposed to just hearing about it when I was on rear party at 42 Commando. So I left for training in February, bitterly cold when we did our commando tests and I went to 42 Commando which is at Bickley, just outside Plymouth, and I was on something called rear party which is basically guard duty. The reason being the whole unit were away on winter deployment or exercise and this was of course in Norway where 42 and 45 commando go every year, at least that’s how it was when I served…

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British Bobsleigh Pilot | Adam Baird | Royal Marines | #103

British Bobsleigh Pilot, features Adam Baird, a former Royal Marines Commando who became an expert in the world of Bobsleigh and powerlifting.

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British Bobsleigh Pilot | Adam Baird

Adam (Adz) Baird joined the GB Bobsleigh set up as a pilot ahead of the 2019/20 sliding season. He made his GB debut in Winterberg on the Europa Cup circuit in December 2019, when he finished 24th alongside Lawrence Taylor. A serving member of the Royal Marines for 12 years, he began his bobsleigh career competing for the Marines and the Royal Navy in 2017. Adz comes from an active sporting background, having competed at national level in powerlifting, for which he has a 247.5kg deadlift personal best in the 82.5kg category as well as rugby union and rugby 7’s for the Royal Marines with rugby league for the Royal Marines and Royal Navy teams. His time in the military has seen multiple deployments around the globe, including a tour of Afghanistan in 2010.

Transcript snippet from ‘British Bobsleigh Pilot | Adam Baird’ podcast

Chris and Adam

C – Adam how are you brother?

A – Yeah very well Chris thank you, how are you?

C – Yeah I’m firing mate, and I’m really excited for this chat. People will get sick of me saying this, but I started doing this podcast to chat to fascinating people who do stuff that I would like to do! Or stuff that I have done. Funny enough, you might not believe this but I have done the bobsled.

A – Have you really?

C – Yeah, I say it tongue in cheek because I did the tourist taxi bob, but it was still the full on experience.

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Killing ISIS | Peshmerga Sniper Alan Duncan | #115

Killing ISIS, features Peshmerga Sniper Alan Duncan, who was a sniper with the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the war against ISIS/Daesh.

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Killing ISIS | Peshmerga Sniper Alan Duncan

Former British soldier Alan Duncan was a sniper with the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the war against ISIS/Daesh.

Transcript snippet from ‘Killing ISIS | Peshmerga Sniper Alan Duncan’ podcast

Chris and Alan

C – Alan, how are you?

A – Not too bad thank you Chris.

C – You’re in a rush to get out of the country I believe.

A – Yeah, I should have been flying out four days after the lockdown started, so unfortunately everything has been put on hold including the return trip. This has probably been the most stressful trip yet to be honest , there’s just so many factors involved in it.

C – I’m terrible myself for getting ready to leave the country I’m awful and I’m not talking about a holiday or a pleasure break I’m on about maneuverers and adventures. Batteries, MP3 player loaded up, kit mustered, all laid out, double checked and have I got all my phone numbers backed up. Now I cant even imagine you’re going to a warzone, that’s going to be even added stress.

A – Yep, trying to find batteries, camera parts and all sorts of engineering pieces in a warzone is not easy. At any stretch.

 

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US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin | #141

US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin, features James Stejskal who was recruited from the 82nd Airborne Brigade, into an elite military special forces unit, the green berets. They operated espionage and reconnaissance hundreds of miles behind the Iron Curtain, in Cold War Berlin.

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US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin

James Stejskal was recruited from the 82nd Airborne Brigade into an elite military special forces unit, the green berets, to operate espionage and reconnaissance hundreds of miles behind the Iron Curtain in Cold War Berlin. In this podcast we discuss the role of US special ops – US Army Rangers, US Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Green Berets – and their UK equivalent – Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS), the Royal Marines Commandos, etc – as well as James’s unit’s highly covert mission behind enemy lines during the Cold War.

Transcript snippet from ‘US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin’ podcast

Chris and James

C – James, how are you brother?

J – Very well, good morning Chris, well it’s proper afternoon where you are.

C – Hey, the way my head is it could be morning, noon or night?

J – It doesn’t really matter to me at the minute with this Corona thing going on, I’m stuck in the house no matter what.

C – It kinds of bring home the importance of routine.

J – It gives me a lot of time to work on my writing.

C – Of course. I think writing and podcasting are the two disciplines the flourish under these conditions. I call it a fiasco.

J – It certainly does, I don’t have the technical skills down for this, but I’ve been participating in a lot of Zoom calls, more in this last year than in my whole entire life, which is quite a few!

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