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#390920 - 24th Feb 2010 10:12am The Regiments
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#392337 - 2nd Mar 2010 8:47am Re: The Regiments [Re: bert1]
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Nice one Bertie, I was an Army Cadet at Grange Rd West and went on a number of camps to Folkestone, Torquay and Stratford on Avon(where I had my first beer). I think I was about 12 or 13 when I joined. But it was a great character builder. I got to fire rifles, bren guns and machine guns, as well as learn how to pull them apart and put them back together again and I can assure you putting a bren back together in the dark was no mean feat. I was very good with the rifle( as I am now with a handgun)we used .303 Lee Enfield with .22 barrels(I think, I can here Chris Kay now!!)Even coming second in the range competition between the whole Regiment, I would have come first only for a Sgt Robinson(Territorial) pulling rank so he came first. They were great memories and great times and I would like to thank any Territorial who maybe reading this.

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#392355 - 2nd Mar 2010 10:28am Re: The Regiments [Re: mindplayer]
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we used .303 Lee Enfield with .22 barrels(I think, I can here Chris Kay now!!


LOL, yes, .303 SMLE's with Morris tubing, as it was known. I shot for Bomber Command at Bisley, from 1957-60, rifle, (SRA & SRB), and pistol.
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#392396 - 2nd Mar 2010 2:10pm Re: The Regiments [Re: chriskay]
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Same as Mindplayer, only my camp was Upton, Arrowe park rd. Also fired and stripped the same weaponry. Once had the delight of being in a fox hole while a chieftain tank ran over us, the things you let them do when your young.
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#393260 - 6th Mar 2010 12:04pm Re: The Regiments [Re: bert1]
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Never had a tank over me but plenty of those "flash things" pretending to be mortars or whatever.

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