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  1. Skua

    Skua New Member

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    The LRDG and the SAS were two different units. But they did occasionally work in conjunction.
     
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    Right, I thought so. Thanks for clearing this up.
     
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    Special Boat Service

    Don't forget about the SBS.

    Cheers!
     
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    Xcuse me? The what group?
     
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    sbs is the special boat service they used chariot torpedoes and x craft
     
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    Please inform me, I am puzzled at that previous post of yours.
     
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    what about the x craft and chariot torpedoes
     
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    Yes, those. I have no idea what they are... :roll:
     
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    x craft are 4 man midget submarines they carried side charges on them the british used them against the turpits. chariot torpedos were torpedos that men robe on and place explosives on ships.
     
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    Their measures sound desperate... Why did they use such daring ideas?
     
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    the chariots were copied from the italians who blew up ships in alexandria and nearly everyone had their own version of x-craft the japs had ki-ten wich were kamakazee torpedoes
     
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    Because conventional methods of attack had not worked sufficiently against Tirpitz. The X-craft set large demolition charges under her keel. The ship's captain saved her from being sunk by shifting her on her cables after capturing one of the British crews, but her engines were so badly damaged by the force of the explosion that she never sailed again, functioning instead as a floating battery until RAF Lancasters of 617 Squadron sank her with 12,000 pound "Tallboy" bombs in 1944.
     
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    yeah thats what happend the raid that sank her was the second one. shame the x-craft didnt sink her.
     
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    Don't know about the SAS the during desert campaigns but they do have pink land rovers now called pinl panthers.
     
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    Roel I have three more books I could send you: The history of the LRDG, the SAS and the SBS. Interested? :D
     
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    Ah ha told you so, ha!

    Mind you any man driving a Pink Jeep would have to be secure in his manhood and tough enough to deal with silly people thinking that Pink is a wimpy colour. :wink:
     
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    Why does a Bull charge into a red wall, it has to it's in the blood.
    :D
     
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    Beret Colours

    Technically Maroon (Rather than Red, Red in the British Army is the colour of the Royal Military Police) is the colour of Paratroop units rather than Air Landing Units.

    Green Berets as correctly noted are used to distinguish Commando trained units and individuals, although this only applies to Pea-green berets, other units wear green berets too (Such as the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment who wear a sort of Khaki-green), but these are not Commandoes (unless individuals have been Commando trained in which case they earn the "Right" to wear the Green Beret).

    The SAS certainly use Parachutes as an infilitration technique, although they do use other methods too. The SBS are still in existence as broadly the Royal Marine (Not Army) equivalent of the SAS, although they're far less well known or publicised.

    Regarding Pink, pink was used in the first Gulf War, and the earlier SAS involvement in Oman as camouflage colouring (Leading to the Long Wheel based Landrovers that were used being nicknamed Pinkies, and short wheel base ones Dinkies), it is actually surprisingly effective for desert camoflage, and personally I'd rather lok a bit camp in a Pink Landrover than distinctly dead in a sand coloured one!

    As a side note following the rapid defeat of the Iraqi occupation forces during the first Gulf war there was apparently a surplus of unused Desert Pink, I was at a forces School at the time and the local garrison very kindly redecorated the class rooms for us over the summer holidays, guess which colour they chose... :lol:
     
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    Re: Beret Colours

    Not to mention the stables in fally
     
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    And what about Italian Frog Men. ? They sunk some allied ship. But I don't know her name. :(
     

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