By World of Tanks
Tank NutsDec 12, 2022
Tank Nuts Episode Nineteen-Rich Fisher-Vickers MG Collection & Research Association
I chat with the incredible Mr. Rich Fisher one of the director's of the Vickers MG & Research Association whose goal is to inform and educate the publics knowledge of the Vickers machine gun's role in military history.
Join me for this incredible journey into historical research and remembrance.
Tank Nuts Episode Eighteen-Dick Taylor-British Army Veteran, Author and Historian
I chat with Dick Taylor. He started his service in the British army at the tender age of sixteen as a Junior Trooper at the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps in Bovington. After completing training, he served with 3RTR and 2RTR. As well as being a tank commander, he was a specialist in tank gunnery. He was commissioned as a captain in 2000 into 1RTR and left the regular army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2013, although he has since been mobilized for operational service three times for tours overseas. During his long career he completed fifteen operational deployments to various hot spots including three tours of Afghanistan, two to Iraq, as well as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. He is the official historian of the Royal Armoured Corps, has an avid interest in modern and military history and writes military history books for a hobby. His most recent publications have been The Second World War Tank Crisis: The Fall and Rise of British Armour 1919-1945, and the first two volumes of Armoured Warfare in the British Army (Find, Fix and Strike).
Tank Nuts Episode Seventeen-Nikki Scott-Founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers
I sit down with Nikki Scott the founder and driving force behind Scotty’s Little Soldiers the incredible charity dedicated to supporting bereaved military children & young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
Inspired by the experience of Nikki following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children and young people around the UK.
Tank Nuts Episode Sixteen-Frank Wood-Site and Restorations Manager at the Eden Camp Modern History Museum
We chat with Frank Wood -Site and Restorations Manager at Eden Camp Modern History Museum. Hear more about this incredible venue all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp. We discuss his passion for keeping History alive, his love of a particular exhibit the M-50 Sherman Tank and a whole lot more.
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Tank Nuts Episode Fifteen- "Baz" Private Collector of French Military Vehicles.
We chat with "Baz" a private collector and restorer of French Military Vehicles, we discuss his love for living History, the joys and pitfalls of ownership and restoration and the incredible stories along the way, including meeting the man who keeps a Naval Mine in his living room....
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Tank Nuts Episode Fourteen-Rich Jones "The lost Soldier" British Army To Cocaine Kingpin Part 2/2
Part 2-We follow "The lost Soldier" Rich Jones as he gets deeper into the world of organized crime. Culminating in arrest and a 15 year prison sentence in 2012 after being convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine.
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Tank Nuts Episode Thirteen- Rich Jones "The lost Soldier" British Army To Cocaine Kingpin Part 1/2
Rich Jones aka "The Lost Soldier" served with the Royal Tank Regiment, on leaving the British Army he found himself directionless and looking for that next adrenaline rush which he found in the shape of organised crime. Eventually his underworld criminal cocaine network was taken down by the police and he received a 15-year prison sentence.
Part 1 of 2 episodes takes us from his Army life to close protection and surveillance work to his first experience of the chaotic and dangerous world of organized crime.
Rich is now an author with his first book Charlie Four Kilo recently published as well as veterans support speaker, mentor and course creator.
Tank Nuts Episode Twelve-Duncan Mansfield-Army Veteran & Former Police Officer
A candid chat with with Mr Duncan Mansfield an army veteran and former Police Officer who is heading up a project to restore a British cold war icon, the Chieftain Main Battle Tank, to its former glory in an effort to help ex-servicemen and woman suffering from PTSD and loneliness. Duncan chats openly about his personal journey and experiences that led to his aspiration to form a charity.
Content Warning-Please be aware that in this episode we discuss some sensitive topics including mental health and depictions of violence that some people may find disturbing.
Tank Nuts Episode Eleven-Stefan Karlsson- Director of the Swedish Tank Museum & former Tank Company Commander
I welcome the Director of Arsenalen-The Swedish Tank Museum and former Tank Company Commander Mr Stefan Karlsson to the show. We discuss life in the Swedish Army, the joys of both the Centurion and the S-Tank, plans for the future of the Museum and a whole lot more. Stefan's passion, knowledge and experience of Armour shines through in the conversation.
Tank Nuts Episode Ten-Kevin Wheatcroft-Owner Of One of the Worlds Largest Private Collections of Military Vehicles
I get a chance to chat with the owner of one of the worlds largest private collections of Military Vehicle's- Mr Kevin Wheatcroft.
The Wheatcroft Collection currently stands at over 350 vehicle's. Kevin's passion for military History started at the age of 5. We talk about life, the excitement of the search, work on the restoration of his latest project two Tiger 1's and his future dreams for the collection.
A candid chat with a man whose passion for the preservation of history knows little bounds.
Tank Nuts Episode Nine- Ben Simmonds-Bare Arms Military Support to Film & TV
I chat with Ben Simmons former Officer in the Royal Tank Regiment now Managing Director of Bare Arms - Military Support to Film & TV, a company of military personnel who work in the theatrical and entertainment industries. They have supplied military advisers, personnel, vehicles and training to some of the biggest shows and most of the terrestrial channels, streaming services and more recently computer games companies.
We discuss memories of Training, life in a Tank Crew, deployment to Afghanistan, the future of Film and TV and a whole lot more.
Tank Nuts Episode Eight-David Willey- Curator of The Tank Museum Bovington
My guest is the Curator of one of the largest Tank Museums in the World, public face, author and font of historical knowledge Mr David Willey.
We chat about life before the museum, elegant ladies in the attic, the influence of Rudyard Kipling in the creation of the Museum, wants and wishes for the collection, how to move the 80 ton TOG II and a whole lot more.... Fascinating tales of history and life experiences.
Tank Nuts Episode Seven-Glenn Fleming US Air Force Special Operations
My guest served with the US Air Force Special Operations as a Helicopter Door Gunner, opened his own gun shop, has had numerous TV appearances and is currently the gunsmith for the incredible Texas location (Drive Tanks.com) where not only can you drive a variety of historical Vehicles you can actually live fire them.
We chat about his life, passion for small arms and the hardest Tank to work on..........
Tank Nuts Episode Six- Bruce Crompton-Star of the TV Series "Combat Dealers"
I welcome the larger than life star of the hit TV Series “Combat Dealers” Mr Bruce Crompton to Tank Nuts the podcast.
Bruce Crompton is an ex-paratrooper and one of the world’s biggest collectors of 20th century military equipment, vehicles and memorabilia which he buys, restores and sells with the help of his highly specialist team. He is proper cockney, born and bred in East London, who has a shrewd eye for a good deal.
Over the years, Bruce has supplied his specialist vehicles for film projects such as Saving Private Ryan, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, and more recently, the new Brad Pitt movie, Fury. Bruce regularly spent time on set dining with directors and mingling with the leading cast, such as Tom Hanks, Shia LaBeouf, Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg and David Ayers, many of who share in interest in military history and the work Bruce and his boys do. This is a prime example of the wide spread interest this kind of subject matter has.
We chat about his early life and the growing of his passion for Military history from an early age, the restoration of the incredible Panther Tank, the past and future of Combat Dealers and a whole lot more.
All told with incredible wit and humour that makes this podcast a must listen.
Tank Nuts Episode Five- Lieutenant Sarah Batts- Royal Tank Regiment
Lieutenant Sarah Batts is the first female Combat Officer and Tank commander in British History. The historic move comes after a long-standing ban on women serving on the front-line was lifted in July 2018. Hear her path from training to command of the formidable Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
Tank Nuts Episode Five Trailer-Lieutenant Sara Batts-Royal Tank Regiment
Coming soon to Tank Nuts -Lieutenant Sarah Batts is the first female Combat Officer and Tank commander in British History. The historic move comes after a long-standing ban on women serving on the front-line was lifted in July 2018. Hear her path from training to command of the formidable Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
Tank Nuts Episode Four -Richard Smith OBE. Director of the Tank Museum Bovington
Possessing a degree in history Richard spent 11 years working for the global shipping giant P&O but gave up his career to bring his expertise to the Tank Museum in Bovington (UK) which houses the worlds finest collection of Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Rewarded for the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2018 birthday honours list Richard shares the ups and downs of managing this vast collection including arguably the Worlds most famous Tank and what the future looks like for this "must visit" destination for any historical fan.
Tank Nuts Episode Three-Lieutenant Colonel Jim Howard-Commanding Officer Royal Tank Regiment
In this episode we meet the Commanding Officer of the Royal Tank Regiment the oldest Tank Unit in the world. Tanks were first used during the Battle of the Somme, and the creation of the Royal Tank Regiment soon followed. The Regiments Battle Honours are vast and they have also deployed on all major conflicts since the end of World War II, gaining a reputation for fearlessness and professionalism.
Lt Col Howard discuses the role of the Commanding Officer, the road to command,the future of Armoured Warfare and life serving on the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.
Tank Nuts Episode Two-Craig Moore- Author and "Tank Hunter"
The second episode of our podcast is already here! In this new show, Richard Cutland welcomes Craig Moore to the Tank Nuts club. Also known as the "Tank Hunter", Craig is a retired Metropolitan Police Sergeant, who you might know for his work on the Tank Encyclopedia website.
He's also a published author, who wrote Tank Hunter: World War I, which takes a deep dive into the development of the very first tanks - one of his fields of expertise. German SPG's are another area his knowledge is vast, but as you will soon learn, Craig knows a thing or two about armoured vehicles in general !
Tank Nuts Episode One- Jim Dowdall- Stuntman to the Stars
To launch this brand new podcast we chat with the UK's most prolific stuntman Mr Jim Dowdall.
Jim has been in the entertainment business almost without a break for well over 40 years.
Starting in the Circus working for a lion trainer and as an acrobat directly from leaving school at 16 and after a spell in a variety of other jobs like motorcycle mechanic and delivering cars, Jim entered the film business as an armourer on films like ‘The Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare’. A spell in The Parachute Regiment in the early 70’s was ended by a bad jump causing vertebrae damage. After recovery and working as a walk on and also as an assistant director, Jim entered the stunt business.
Jim has worked on almost every kind of action film including 9 ‘Bonds’ ‘Superman’ ‘Star Wars’ ‘Indiana Jones’ ‘Batman’ to ‘Enemy at the Gates’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and a host of others.
A straight talking action man his stories will make you laugh out loud.