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Army cadets get their hands on a bazooka

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

By Gavin Jones

Dudley cadets get to grips with a rocket launcher

Dudley cadets get to grips with a rocket launcher

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IT'S not every day that a group of schoolboys get to have a go with a rocket launcher.

These lads, pictured in 1953 at Aberporth Camp in Wales, were members of Dudley Army Cadets, and our thanks go to one of their number, Brian Ansdell of Gornal Wood, for putting it our way.

Brian can name most of those pictured, starting with RSM Underhill at left, who served at Arnhem in the Second World War. Next along is Brian Ansdell, then two unidentified boys, ___ Paskin, Rupert Elliott, ?, John Smith, Ron Blatchford, ___ Dunn, ?.

At the front are Bill Maydew holding the weapon, and an unnamed lad about to load the rocket.

The weapon in question was a 3.5 inch rocket launcher, quite possibly an American-made M20, known as the Super Bazooka.

Do you recognise any of the unnamed cadets? Or do you have your own pictures and memories of being a cadet in your youth? We'd like to share them with our readers: pay us a visit, give us a call, drop us a line or send an email to gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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