Be afraid Matelot (WAFU) with a gun circa late 60's

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  1. Found this - thaough I was the bee's knees - then, how times have changed.

    Kuantan 2.jpg
  2. Was the white watch strap part of the camouflage?
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Nice tifter
  4. Ageing_Gracefully

    Ageing_Gracefully War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    I suppose that was as dangerous a putting me on a boat!
  5. That's what we looked like in Malaysia and Borneo.
    Only he aint shaking.:laughing2:
  6. I thought you were African :?
  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Maybe the Phot was "in sync" with the subject.
  8. Cowardice needs no champions.
    Shake on.:-D
  9. Gotta be 847 out in Malaya!

    Cabs look like they have a 'B' on the tail.

    Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Bulwark take the squadron out to Singa's in the 60's. I know for definate the Albion brought them back just after the withdrawl of the Far East in the early 70's. 847 merged with 848 at Sembawang then they returned to the UK, 22 Wessex and 1 Wasp!
  10. He looks really aggressive........well maybe....
  11. It used to be possible to check chapter and verse about things like this on the Britain's Small Wars website but I've just noticed it is defunct. Does anyone know why?
  12. 845 Sqdn, on exercise at Kuantan '69, the Squadron had recently come out of Borneo and had just had the 1st (April '69) of 3 change-overs of personnel.

    The watch was a super dupa Seiko, purchased in "Change Alley", it subsequently it got liberated form the bathrooms in the Barracks where were staying near Fleet (Hampshire) - when we (the Sqdn) attended the Farnbourough Air Show the following year.
  13. Does anyone remember when the Mk5 colour scheme changed from sand and olive green to just olive green? They were two tone when I joined 707 NAS in 1967 and plain olive green on 848 NAS in 1970. I seem to remember 846 NAS experimenting with different colours (dark red, brown etc.) in 1968/69.

    Like Waspie, I was embarked on the Albion (March 1971 to July 1972).
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  14. I'm glad to see that Britain's Small Wars is now back in business.
  15. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Thanks for the update NG, one of the most interesting sites around
  16. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Thanks NG, I have just sent in my Suez write up which used to be on show in the now apparently defunct RRPedia.
  17. (granny)

    (granny) Book Reviewer

    Bulwark took 845 squadron out in 1964. We came home in 1965.
  18. Right then, all you matelots are missing one salient point.

    It is a rifle and not a gun

    FN SLR 7,62mm weighing in at 9lbs and 9oz

    ahmmmm, i'll get my coat.....................
  19. Well I remember that bit after a tour of Raleigh parade ground with SLR at the high port.
  20. for us old booties amoungst us this was THE weapon during training and beyond (ok NZB might have used a .303/musket in his day :laughing2:). The SLR was a proper elephant gun. No fully auto cabability but it could be done with a little know how. Remember the SUSAT sight (sight unit small arms trilux - god i should get out more)

    all commando tests required a minimum 30lbs of fighting order/webbing, weapon (9lbs 9oz) and boots/denims plus a safey daysack for the 30 miler

    Ah the good old days.................

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