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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya
July 15, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 15, 2015

Freddy, 3DG took over from 5th Royal Inniskillen Dragoon Guards, and they had massive grins from ear to ear as C Sqn 3DG took over!!!! It was not the best of arrangements, but somehow the Sqn bedded in very well after a few days. The buildings were not the best, but we had no choice. W.O. and Sgts Mess had a few of us, and a mass of blue jobs, who we hardly ever saw. The best thing which happened some time after arrival was the obligatory colour vision test for all drivers who did the recce up and down the airfield, runways and all,  night and day,and the newly arrived RAF W.O. got a big shock when several drivers failed.... But the troops still had to do these recce jobs on the airfield despite the rules - I suspect that the blue jobs did not fancy running around the airfield in landrovers in the dark!  I think rules were relaxed then but am not sure cos they could not use our scout and armoured cars... and several  of us , but not me tho, were colourblind.... but not all!! The one thing I hated was salty tea!!  The arabs had built a village out in the desert for their people, and when they moved in, they put the animals in the houses and stayed in their tents, but I think they changed round a bit later. Some local (to El Adem) Arabs built little cardboard houses nearby, from all the cardboard the Camp disposed of daily, but one night we had a tremendous thunder, lightning and rain storm, so next morning these shacks were all flat! Happy days.....

July 16, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 16, 2015

Tom, Hence the term "flat pack furniture", which spawned the now famous Ikea , & once famous MFI, stores !! John (JKW)

July 16, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 16, 2015

John, and also the famous "mobile homes"  Q? What do you mean, your home has disappeared> Answer, "It was here when I went to sleep!! It is probably in the middle of the Med by now!!"

July 18, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 18, 2015

Just to add to the above, the Skins were stationed in Benghazi as a regiment (accompanied etc) and some of them were tasked with bringing a Sqn of armoured cars to RAF El Adem for us to take over.  This took a week and they flew home from there.  We started our new job of protecting the camp with 2 x perimeter patrols a day and a bomb dump guard every day shared by the 5 troops.  King Idris ? was in power but maybe Gaddafi was sniffing and our Government decided to help by providing protection.  If memory serves, B Sqn took over from us and 17/21 Lancers took over from them.  While they were there Gaddafi over through idris and the Lancers were confined to camp until they left ('69ish).

July 18, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 18, 2015

For '69ish, read 70/70ish.  Rushing to go out!

July 19, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

July 19, 2015

Rod, Yes, Gadaffi was sniffing around, and we were lucky to get out before he decided to remove Idris and co. The funny thing was that we never seemed to have trouble with the locals, so it may be that the Benghazi groups were the leaders of the revolt. In fact, the locals working in the W.O.s and Sgts Mess there were quite easy going, to the point they joined in with the alcoholic element among us (Yes, I was one ) having a beer or six, but they never caused a problem to or for us. But that changed quite soon after UK troops left El Adem for ever. No more Trigh el Abd, Trigh Capuzzo and all. But I do wonder from time to time if that derelict Staff Car is still sitting in the middle of that WW2  minefield, to the SW of El Adem?? And if Miss England stayed in her bungalow sited some way down beyond Benghazi.  

August 15, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

August 15, 2015

Freddy, I was posted from 'B' Sqn 3rd Carabiniers in Detmold to 'C Sqn 5DG in Benghazi early in 1966. All went well untill the 1967 Arab/Israeli war when there was serious trouble in town. All British/American business premises were looted and burned, we had to then try to clear a route into and around town to evacuate all vulnerable Brit and American civilians back to our barracks. This obviously made things a little crowded so they lived in the huts while we occupied the vehicle hangars or lived outside. We were carrying out 24/7 perimeter patrols both in our Saladins/Ferrets and on foot. I might add that while in town our Sqn Ldr ( Maj Taylor MC ) and three crew in his Saracen were badly burned when their vehicle was attacked. Fortunately within a couple of days of things kicking-off a company of R Anglians were flown in to reinforce the camp. When the Sqn returned to the UK our vehicles were shipped back to Liverpool docks while most of us were flown home for 2 weeks leave before regrouping at Weeton nr Blackpool and collecting our very worn and sad looking vehicles off the ship ( we were hoping never to see them again !).

August 23, 2015

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

August 23, 2015

el adam was my first posting  after joining b sqn in jan 69, at easter that year, a member of the RAF was murdered in Tobruk, all sorts of patrols were mounted around the perimiter, i was in a three tonner with taff ??? ted

August 25, 2016

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

August 25, 2016

Am i right in thinking that the armoured cars were fitted with some sort of electric shock system fitted to deter anybody climbing on to them?. On wednesdays the NAAFI cook/chef had the day off and a local took over needless to say only egg rolls available on those days, bacon off the menu!!

August 25, 2016

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Carabiniers at El-Adam Barracks, Libya

August 25, 2016

Archie, I know the cars in Aden were fitted with the shock treatment, but can not confirm that for Tobruk and El Adem. The new Station W.O. who came to El Adem while C sqn (us) were there made us take colour blindness tests, but that did not last long cos the RAF Regt were not up to patrolling the airport at night, so that plan went out of the window cos the RAF Regt had worse eyesight than any 3DG... back to square one lads.... Some in 3DG swore that if the RAF kept the plane engine tests going most nights, nearly all night , every night, we might have to declare war. And as for the RAF Regt going up the bondoo, that never happened while we were there, the wimps...Happy days..... Re "no bacon" days, there was always the NAAFI wagon in the Sqn vehicle park at the far end of the buildings....


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