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  1. My Falklands Story Part 4B: We are Sailing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bolivar View Post
    The dozen RM Bandies sorted out the old fashioned military stretchers & practiced running their buddies around the deck in them. The engineers built the ramp that would be used to carry the injured from the Flight deck to the Triage Area.

    On the 17thApril, we were told we would be moving onboard the following day & sailing shortly afterwards. Last chance for that run ashore! Mad dash for town, the older hands how had been there before leading the way. I found my way into the
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  2. My Falklands Story Part 4: We are Sailing...

    [QUOTE=Simon Bolivar;169955]My Falklands Story Part 4: We are Sailing...
    It was the 15th April ’82, that we flew out to Gib on the Herc & we arrived late & were taken to RNH Gib. It was late by the time we arrived & the bar was emptying (must have been very late). There were a few warm re-unions of those personnel who had trained or served together & the bar filled up again. Eventually we crashed out were we could, as they didn’t have enough beds for us.

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  3. My Falklands Story Part 3B: We are flying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bolivar View Post
    I met Terry later in the bar before going on shift. I know in these non-smoking, non-drinking days this will sound strange, but it wasn’t against the rules to have a pint before going on nightshift. I didn’t do it usually to avoid falling asleep in the wee hrs. Those on the psychiatric ward used to do it on principal. They used to enjoy breathing on the senior rates, who were on the ‘Basket Weaving Course’ drying out from their alcohol abuse, aimed at returning them to the service, as more
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  4. My Falklands Story Part 3A: We are flying...

    [QUOTE=Simon Bolivar;169167]Time to give a little more background to this tale & introduce a few more players, where appropriate names have been changed. Light up a P.C. & we are ready to begin.
    I had been with the girlfriend (GF) for 6/12; she was a wee buxom brunette, with a soft Welsh accent & was a senior in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS). We lived in the hospital, in separate quarters. Even though NHS hospitals at that time would have allowed ...
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  5. My Falklands Story Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bolivar View Post
    So for those of you who are interested in a little history that you won’t learn on the Discovery Channel; pull up a chair by the fire, light your stogie & I'll 'swing the lamp.'<o></o>
    The first Argentines we received onboard were from the Fishing Vessel Narwhale. They had been on a long fishing trip & had arrived back alongside in B.A. & where expecting to go home & show their wives how much they loved them. On the jetty they were met a Lt Cdr of the Argentine
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