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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 09:51 AM

Here’s a video with my buddy Harris G, a collector who lives near me in Southern California.

 
In the 1960’s his dad was an executive with Ford International and athe family lived in South Africa when Harris was in what we Yanks called junior high school.
 
50 years ago the family took a steamship up the east coast of Africa and Harris was befriended by two members of Mike Hoare’s 5 Commando. Since we did the video, a photo Harris found online shows that  one of the guys is J. Van-Der Hoek, who served 1965 in 5 Commando.

 

 

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#2 irish

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:14 PM

Great video clip and story. As said the patch is extremely rare.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:56 PM

Very neat patch & story! Glad it was rediscovered!



#4 Bob Hudson

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:00 PM

Very neat patch & story! Glad it was rediscovered!

 

I was glad I was able to record the story. He was a good sport about it. We were drinking beers on my patio when he started telling the story and I stopped him and said, "Wait...I gotta get this on video."



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Posted 29 October 2018 - 02:34 AM

hi

 

my little contribution with this set

 

@+, hughes

 

 

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#6 Bob Hudson

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 07:17 AM



hi

 

my little contribution with this set

 

@+, hughes

 

 

Thanks for sharing that. Which of these versions is yours?

 

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#7 dave peifer

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 10:03 AM

what a great piece,it's good it wasn't lost..........and a great way to kick off the new forum...................dave



#8 kansimba

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 01:32 PM

there is a close up picture

 

front and back

 

@+, hughes

 

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 09:46 AM

Here is a 5 Commando badge that was removed from a beret, very hard to find and desirable insignia. 

 

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 08:32 PM

Holy crap!  This is awesome.  One day I will be so lucky to find a true piece that belonged to this legendary unit.  Thank you for sharing it.  



#11 Bob Hudson

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:02 PM

Those who know the region heard Harris when he mispoke, referring to the "Mau Mau uprising" instead of the Simba rebellion. We'll blame it on the beer.




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