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    CONTACT - FILM MADE IN SOUTH ARMAGH 1976 - 3 PARA

    A short film that was made in 1976 in South Armagh of the loneliness, solitude, danger and heart break of tours on the border in Northern Ireland. This film was made by Tony Clarke. Hope our friends on the other side of the pond and Australiaicon can view it OK well worth a watch.

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    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    When looking on Youtube to see if "Contact" was available on there, I did watch a documentary from the same period and noticed that the RUC were still using No4 service rifles in the 1970's. I thought that the documentary was too political to have a link to on this forum but I wondered when did the RUC stop using No4 rifles, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    A short film that was made in 1976 in South Armagh of the loneliness, solitude, danger and heart break of tours on the border in Northern Ireland. This film was made by Tony Clarke. Hope our friends on the other side of the pond and Australiaicon can view it OK well worth a watch.

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    Thanks for posting Gil, very interesting film.

    It really shows the pressure and conditions the lads had to work under and though things certainly arn't perfect in Northern Ireland today, they are, without doubt, massively improved.

    Anorak time, note the Canadianicon C1 with Brit plastic forend (and what appears to a black painted butt to match) used in the opening scenes.
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    John,
    Yes noted.
    The reason for putting the short film on here was, it shows the regime that occurs in every soldiers head..................."weapon cleanliness is next to Godliness and always comes first regardless of rank"
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Interestingly Gil, Its the time I have seen evidence of a C1 being used outside the Canadianicon Armed forces anywhere.

    I wonder what company provided the firearms for the film?

    Re cleaning guns, I always clean my firearms after every shoot, it was drummed into me from the first time I picked up a rifle at 14, I've never understood people who just throw guns back in the cabinet, plenty do though!
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    No idea John, they probably used what was available in those days long prior to the 1996 Deac policy so they could be stripped!!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Watched it this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it, apart from of course the losses which when they came made everybody sharpen up their patrol skills etc.

    The only thing that I wondered wasn't quite right was from my own experience out there in 1973, sheets & blankets...really??
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    Another interesting thing in the film was the use of a Westland 30 helicopter
    (standing in for a Lynx or Puma).

    A helicopter that never really found a role (only a handful built) as it used the transmission of Lynx mated to a larger cabin. This made the helo rather underpowered unfortunately.

    Had it been built today with modern engines, it could have made a great medium helicopter, many current helicopters use a very similar layout.

    Close, but no cigar, as they say....

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    Mick,

    Quite right in terms of the bedding. When we built Bessbrook in 72-73 to accomodate Scouts and Sioux choppers in the Primary School at the top end of the village, it was solid scratchers not sheets. As the Mill got developed to replace the primary school so we could hand it back to the village, and the bigger choppers got based there, it was beds and sheets.

    I am assuming as the film maker targetted 1977 period in South Armagh, it would have most probably been beds and sheets then as the regime changed and 4 days on 4 days guard duties and village patrols came in for all units.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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