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    dhofar

    In memory of.
    Sqn Ldr R Boyce and Sac J.D Hepton. both KIA Oct 1975.

    may they RIP.
    I will remember them.

    This was one of the 'little wars' in which British
    servicemen have been engaged for centuries - most of
    them, as this was, near the shores of the Indian
    Ocean - and it was a model of its kind....Only those
    who have been to Dhofar can fully appreciate the
    severity of the conditions in which the polyglot
    force fought and flew; at times extreme heat; at
    others cold, wet, permanent cloud; and rugged
    terrain, the equal of which it would be hard to find
    anywhere....Those who fought there, including those
    who were wounded or died, did not fight in vain.

    Michael Carver. Field Marshal



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    [/b]In Memory of those who fell in the month of November.
    May They RIP.

    Capt Boyd M. MC
    Flt Lt Thompson R.I
    Cpl Swindells D. MM 22 SAS.
    Mr Fish J G. MOD Civ Eng.

    LEST WE FORGET.

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    We Will Remember Them
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    "Nec Aspera Terrent"
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    rest in peace
    wee mac

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    Rest in peace
    I was in the service at the time we knew nothing of what was happening till years later>

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    In memory of the following members of 22 SAS.
    i have been unable to find the dates on which they fell.
    so today seems right.

    May they RIP.

    Capt Jones L.E
    Capt Garthwaite S.
    Sgt Moores J.
    Sgt Gallagher A.E.
    L/Cpl Ramsden D.R.
    L/Cpl Kent A.
    L/Cpl Small K.
    Tpr Loid C.
    Tpr Martine M.J
    Tpr Hennessy C.

    LEST WE FORGET.

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    Operation Storm was the British Army's covert involvement in the Dhofar region of Oman. It ran from 1970-1976 and was directed against communist intrusion from Yemen. As well as an S.A.S. presence, other units were involved including R.A.F. based at Salalah, armoured recce and Royal Artillery. The latter involved mortar locating radars, sound ranging and meteorology which were used to locate enemy mortar tubes and to assist in accurate counter fire. Over a three year period, they rotated Troops from 22 Locating Battery and 94 Locating Regiment on three month tours. You flew out from Heathrow dressed in civilian clothes and had to have passports to get through immigration. Weapons were wrapped in hessian and put into post office sacks and travelled in the baggage compartment. Real James Bond stuff.
    Being in Dhofar was like taking a large step back in time. It was real back to basics stuff. A horrible, hot, dry stone age of a place. On the wall near the ops room was a Roll of Honour board. Several names of British Officers attached to the Sultan of Oman's Forces were on the list. Scratched next to it was a list of names which I now know to be S.A.S.

    Sgt Steve Moores Killed During Operation Jaguar October 1971
    Sgt Labalaba MID Killed During the Battle of Mirbat 19 July 1972
    Tpr Tommy Tobin Killed During the battle of Mirbat 19 July 1972
    Capt Simon Garthwaite Killed During Assault on Tawi Atair 12 Apl 1974

    That was up to spring 1975. I knew none of them but that doesn't lessen the feeling of loss. As we prepared to leave, a helicopter crashed on take off. I never did find out if there were any fatalities.

    R.I.P. Brothers.
    You cannot fight a war with one hand tied behind your back.

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    At the time I mustered from Bramcote in mid '73 they were touting around for volunteers to go on the guns as we were still training on 25 pounders. Fortuneately for me I suppose I had an aversion to heat which brought me out in a rash (diagnosed some years later at BATUS) which also put me off a posting to Blazers in Singapore! So that's how I ended up scaring off the russkies in BAOR shivering my backside off on the Soltau plain digging slit trenches to keep warm...
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    Dhofar

    Back in '72, Catterick, in between tours in NI, the 25th RA were strat reserve and we were called in and sat around camp with 105's and airportable Landy's all packed and ready to go SOMEWHERE, we discounted NI again as we would not be taking the 105 packs, it was some years before I learned of what had been happenning in Oman but it was plain that we were waiting for the word and the timing was exact.
    We will not forget those who fell.
    Spanners do it with their tools.

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    The Royal Armoured Corps Memorial Bovington Lists

    Oman 1953 /76

    Maj. H.O.D. Thwaites M.C. 9th L

    L/cpl. R.A. Mustoe 1 R.D.

    Tpr. C. Loid. L.G.

    Capt. Ward-Harrison 5 Innis. D.G.

    Capt P.A. Mann Q.D.G.



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