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    1 Para at the Dhekelia Ranges 1973

    This one's mainly for Gil Boyd to see if any of these are his mates from that time. 1 Para Regt
    at Dhekelia Ranges in Cyprus after winning rifle team shooting. 1973...
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    An interesting mix of wood, plastic and laminate there Jim...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    An interesting mix
    Wonder where those rifles are today?
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    Jim,
    Thanks for that mate. Can't remember 1 PARA doing a UN tour in Cyprus in 1973, I know elements of 2 PARA were there in 1974 during the Turkishicon Invasion filling sandbags on route back from Malaya and Jungle warfare courses, cos I got knobbled.
    The photo may have been taken in 1976 as they definately did a 6 month UN tour then at the end of the year. However, it could have been a typical Army con to get the best shots into the shoot regardless of whether they were there "officially" or not, it did happen like that sometimes !!!
    I don't recognise any of the lads sadly although the one on the left looks like me lol.
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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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    It's come up on a group you should have a look at. Check PM for a link...
    Regards, Jim

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    Yes, thanks for that Jim. Timelines and our memories often go crazy and I often mix tours in NI up as we did so many like lots of Regiments.
    Shooting teams were selected dependent on where the relevant lads were, who would normally get just a couple of days notice.
    You were given a lot of rounds and a range to zero, in preparation especially in the 70's it was very slack, but the reason for getting involved was to beat others for primarily recruiting reasons using your issue rifle!!
    '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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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    I often mix tours in NI up as we did so many
    I suspect the dates attached to the pic are out of whack...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I suspect the dates attached to the pic are out of whack...
    You might be right there Jim, 73 is early for a plastic forend to appear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    73 is early for a plastic forend
    Gil came back (PM) with an answer that the pic had been redated to '76.
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    Yes definately a UN tour by 1 PARA in 1976.
    '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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