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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Geoff,
    As well as..............another story.
    When I interviewed Brigadier David Morgan OBE Commandant of the 1/7th Duke of Edinburghs Own Gurkha Rifles down in the Falklands for my book, he never really got over the fact his men were not used after all the build up and hype by the press.

    He still can't fully understand it, out of all the formations in the various battles, they were called upon to do so very little and he has always felt they never reached or showed their true potential in the campaign........very sad!
    I always assumed the Gurkhas were kept away from the main contacts for political reasons Gil, involving newspaper headlines around the world using the words, 'Mercenary soldiers' and 'Kukri'...

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    Sadly John, Just weren't used to their true potential on that occasion. Things could have gone Pete Tong during the war, and they, as the reserve would have been used to Supplement the PARA's/Royal Marines/Guards units.
    History played out differently as we know and on that occasion we won!!
    '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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    One consequence was that the MoD civil servants said, "There you are, we told you you didn't need all that expensive equipment, you can improvise it all on the day".

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    Been trying to find some pics of when I was in BATUS but they seem to have disappeared, One thing I would say, the drivers would have to be a slim build and lubed up to get in and out quick, maybe just my waistline but after working on a few with the turret off was easy with it on........ what a palaver...... Have to take my hat off to the crew of these.
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    One big problem in the early days as they were being trialled at Long Valley in Aldershot was the tracks came off and rode over the turret taking anyone's head off as they sat out on the lip!

    '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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