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Esel1964
09-26-2006, 11:38 PM
I remember seeing an event ,I believe it was in the early '70's on ABC's "Wide World of Sports"- that if I recall correctly ,was an annual competition among different "squads" of British Army units(or cadets),in which the object was basically to dismantle a field piece,then move the parts across trenches/obstacles,then reassemble the piece as fast as possible.
I remember as a kid being fascinated by this,the competitors took an extreme 'bashing',breaking limbs etc.

These are recollections from roughly 30 years ago,so,if I'm off on the details,gimme a break.

Anyway,the question is,what was that event called,and how can I find video of it?

wicklow
09-27-2006, 12:40 AM
Hi there, you arent dreaming i think what you saw was the royal tournament from earls court.
the event was the field gun trials and it was a competition between the royal navy, fleet air arm, and the army. I had a guy who used to work for me who was actually in this for the navy sadly he died about 8 years ago but from his stories it sounds like they were very blood and guts events.

stathem
09-27-2006, 02:15 AM
Field gunning (http://www.faafieldgun.org/history.html)

WOLFMondo
09-27-2006, 03:20 AM
I went to see the Royal Tournament at Earls Court when I was a kid. Basically just an assualt course which all the members have to complete but disassmeble a field gun at the start, carry it over the course, resassmeble it at the end and the winner is the first one to fire it. Fun to watch, probably very painful to take part in.

Beuf_Ninja
09-27-2006, 03:30 AM
I used to watch that on T.V as a kid, great teamwork and a huge amount of physical effort. I don't know if they still show it anymore since I haven't seen it for years

Fox_3
09-27-2006, 04:49 AM
Originally posted by wicklow:
Hi there, you arent dreaming i think what you saw was the royal tournament from earls court.
the event was the field gun trials and it was a competition between the royal navy, fleet air arm, and the army. I had a guy who used to work for me who was actually in this for the navy sadly he died about 8 years ago but from his stories it sounds like they were very blood and guts events.

The army was never involved in the field gun race.

wicklow
09-27-2006, 05:09 AM
You are spot on mate after i posted i thought, maybe you can confirm, was,nt it the navy bases, pompy, devonport,etc. As an aside the guy who workrd for me, a lovely chap by the name of Mick Ashcroft, he told me how one of the team had 20 stitches in his hand caused on a morning practice but still demanded to take part in the run proper. Tough or what.

-HH-Quazi
09-27-2006, 05:11 AM
Wow! Bringing back the memories now. Geesh I'm getting old!

whiteladder
09-27-2006, 05:20 AM
They are still run, I don`t think they do them at the tournament anymore though.

ploughman
09-27-2006, 05:59 AM
If memory serves it's a naval drill from around the late 19th Century that mimicked all the evolutions involed in moving a field gun from a ship and into action on shore.

Here's a link. (http://www.rncom.mod.uk/templates/Training_MWS.cfm?id=1341)

turnipkiller
09-27-2006, 06:36 AM
I remember my dad telling me something about a display like this a while ago. It took place in a local arena where they had a mock up of the sections of two sailing ships.
The object for the demonstrators was to get the cannon from one ship to the other as quickly as possible. He said it was quite amazing and scary watching people and cannon parts zipping and swinging across on rigging lines, and most people in the audience were surprised no one got injured or killed that night. I don't remember who he said it was doing the demonstration though.

Philipscdrw
09-27-2006, 08:55 AM
Wasn't there a follow-up contest to see who could get an upright piano through a 2inch-square hole in the wall fastest? Sledgehammers and hacksaws were permitted...

Waldo.Pepper
09-27-2006, 09:59 AM
Bringing back the memories now. Geesh I'm getting old!


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x6BL_Brando
09-27-2006, 10:52 AM
Hi

Stathem's link is the one to read. This page from wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Rock) also tells of another interesting feat of gun-transportation from Napoleonic times. It's important to note that the guns involved weighed in excess of two tons apiece - and nothing other than man-power was used for the winching operation.

B.

slarsson
09-27-2006, 12:08 PM
It's to commemorate the Royal Navy's efforts in taking naval artillery overland to assist in the Relief of Mafeking in the Boer War.

Esel1964
09-27-2006, 02:48 PM
Many thanks for the information,M8's. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
That really makes me want to see it again,it was really a spectacle of strength and determination.