+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: CONTACT - FILM MADE IN SOUTH ARMAGH 1976 - 3 PARA

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Moderator
    (Parker Hale Forums)
    Gil Boyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last On
    Today @ 03:02 PM
    Location
    Home of The Parachute Regiment & 16 Air Assault Brigade
    Posts
    3,537
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM

    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.

    BBC iPlayer - Contact

    '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

  2. The Following 2 Members Say Thank You to Gil Boyd For This Useful Post:


  3. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
     

  4. #2
    Contributing Member 30Three's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Last On
    Today @ 02:42 PM
    Location
    France
    Posts
    470
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    10:43 PM
    Unfortunately not available outside the UKicon.

  5. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  6. #3
    Contributing Member Flying10uk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Last On
    Today @ 12:48 PM
    Location
    South West England, United Kingdom
    Posts
    3,559
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM
    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?

  7. #4
    Contributing Member mrclark303's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last On
    Today @ 02:44 PM
    Location
    The wild west of England
    Posts
    2,516
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    10:43 PM
    Real Name
    Mr Clark
    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.

    BBC iPlayer - Contact
    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.
    Last edited by mrclark303; 10-26-2019 at 07:30 AM.

  8. #5
    Moderator
    (Parker Hale Forums)
    Gil Boyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last On
    Today @ 03:02 PM
    Location
    Home of The Parachute Regiment & 16 Air Assault Brigade
    Posts
    3,537
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM
    Thread Starter
    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

  9. Thank You to Gil Boyd For This Useful Post:


  10. #6
    Contributing Member mrclark303's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last On
    Today @ 02:44 PM
    Location
    The wild west of England
    Posts
    2,516
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    10:43 PM
    Real Name
    Mr Clark
    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!
    .303, helping Englishmen express their feelings since 1889

  11. #7
    Moderator
    (Parker Hale Forums)
    Gil Boyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last On
    Today @ 03:02 PM
    Location
    Home of The Parachute Regiment & 16 Air Assault Brigade
    Posts
    3,537
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM
    Thread Starter
    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

  12. Thank You to Gil Boyd For This Useful Post:


  13. #8
    Really Senior Member Strangely Brown's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Today @ 04:21 PM
    Location
    Wiltshire UK
    Age
    68
    Posts
    418
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM
    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??
    I spent 4 months in a green maggot!
    Mick

  14. #9
    Contributing Member mrclark303's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last On
    Today @ 02:44 PM
    Location
    The wild west of England
    Posts
    2,516
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    10:43 PM
    Real Name
    Mr Clark
    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....

  15. Thank You to mrclark303 For This Useful Post:


  16. #10
    Moderator
    (Parker Hale Forums)
    Gil Boyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last On
    Today @ 03:02 PM
    Location
    Home of The Parachute Regiment & 16 Air Assault Brigade
    Posts
    3,537
    Local Date
    01-17-2020
    Local Time
    09:43 PM
    Thread Starter
    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

  17. Thank You to Gil Boyd For This Useful Post:


+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Accuracy of 9 Para ammunition?
    By villiers in forum Other LMG/HMG and SMG Forum
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 11-17-2016, 11:08 AM
  2. Strike One 9 Para
    By villiers in forum Other Military Service Pistols and Revolvers
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-21-2016, 05:57 AM
  3. CDN National Film Board Ross/ Hughes Film ???
    By RCEMERalf in forum The Ross Rifle Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-05-2014, 11:26 PM
  4. Late model number 4 mk1, what do the markings tell me, South African? Where made?
    By busyfixin in forum The Lee Enfield Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-05-2014, 03:40 PM
  5. BLC para -- in the meantime
    By Jim Nasium in forum M1/M2 Carbine
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-26-2010, 12:07 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts