Sponsored Ad

Dismiss Notice
For fuller site visibility and advert-free browsing, simply log-in or register.

A Blast from the Past.

Discussion in 'Royal Marines History and Knowledge' started by Rover, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Jimmy_1990

    Jimmy_1990 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2014
    Posts:
    109
    App Stage:
    Passed Interview
    fair I did miss that point and yer to be honest I didnt quite understand the preparation required for such an under taking. let alone d-day.
     
    • Gucci Info Gucci Info x 1
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Posts:
    34,869
    A bump and repost of Operation Snake Eyes, a 25 minute video of an exercise which includes the SBS, filmed in 1960

     
    • Like Like x 6
  3. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    9,811
    Any suggestions as to the location for the film? Malta or Cyprus are obvious candidates but the clip of the briefing map is indistinct.
     
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker Admin

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Posts:
    34,869
    Think it is Cyprus, doubtless @Rover will know the history of it.
     
  5. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    9,811
    The map in the film might be deliberately misleading. My hunch (and most of my hunches are wrong) is that it could be the north western coast of Malta near Golden Bay.
     
  6. sharpe

    sharpe Veteran Contributor

    Joined:
    May 14, 2019
    Posts:
    520
    App Stage:
    Parent
    It was the guy free climbing up the cliff that got me! I’d never thought of it before and somehow assumed they’d have at least basic climbing gear!
     
  7. Rover

    Rover Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Posts:
    3,788
    The old misleading map trick.;)
    It is Malta.:cool:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Posts:
    5,259
    A clue is in the SQ title of the time, CL, i.e. Cliff Leader, later Recce Leader, but now Mountain Leader. Their job was to free climb and then set up the ropes for the troops to climb.....simple really, unless you're the CL, RL or ML out the front leading the way, but that's what makes them so special.

    Alan
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Gen Dit Gen Dit x 1
  9. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    9,811
    It's a cracking film. Attempting to date when it was actually filmed. Officially it's 1960 but the blokes are carrying Lee-Enfields, Sterling SMGs and .303 Brens which suggests (if I count on my fingers) 1956 or 1957.
    Clearly I have too much time on my hands. :(
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2009
    Posts:
    5,259
    I think it's around 1959 to 1960, as the clip around 17 minutes shows them with SLRs!

    Alan
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Mattys

    Mattys Veteran Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Posts:
    726
    App Stage:
    Not Applied Yet
    FairPlay the way their scaling that near enough vertical cliff face like there’s no gravity! At 9.10
     
  12. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    9,811
    Oh, I figured that the film was a composite but I hadn't noticed the switch from the amphibious landing (where everyone carried Lee-Enfields) to SLRs.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    9,811
    Yep, no messing about. :)
    If the location is where I think it is there was a long-established military barracks less than one mile from the cliff top.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. Mattys

    Mattys Veteran Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Posts:
    726
    App Stage:
    Not Applied Yet
    Must have been a good menu on the way their shifting
     
  15. Former AE

    Former AE Royal Marines Commando

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2015
    Posts:
    139
    Its the rock face near Golden Bay Beach, where the ranges were.
     
    • Like Like x 1