Bob Shepherd’s Military Days In Photographs.


A few photographs to show a full and fun career of 23 years in the British military from the early 1970s to the mid 1990s:


raf basic training

If someone had to pick out which recruit would later join the SAS, it certainly wouldn’t be the undernourished ten year old centre front row. Eventually Bob got a wee bit bigger. RAF Swinderby, recruit training before going onto RAF Regiment training at Catterick, Yorkshire. Jan 1972.

x colony 1

Preparation for the “Cross Colony March” Hong Kong New Territories, where our team broke the previous record of crossing from East to West taking in every high point and going back down to sea level. Bob was a member of 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, here he is 3rd from right kneeling. Early 1970s.

2 field

On the DZ awaiting the last stick of the day to static line parachute jump. UK early 1970s, Bob front right.


Friends for life! Bob spent 3 years in 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, based at RAF Colerne, Wiltshire, before going onto SAS Selection in the mid 1970s.


Quick reaction live fire in a wadi in Dhofar, Oman, 1972.

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“One of our defensive positions known as “hedgehogs” on the Salalah Plain, Dhofar, Oman protecting the airfield. On my first trip there as a 17 year old, I would watch the SAS nightly firefights up in the jebel (mountains) about 4 miles to my front. Tracer and explosions flying back and forward. Green tracer from the adoo (enemy) going in, with red tracer from the SAS going back at them. From that moment, I decided that I wanted to be up there as an SAS soldier. I was told by a senior NCO that I’d have to be old enough to shave first, yes still wet behind the ears at that stage! It was those same NCOs, officers and men around me at that time, that I thank for preparing me for SAS selection. They did a fine job. Oman, 1972.”

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Having passed SAS Selection, Bob outside his “basha after a 10 mile run through the Herefordshire countryside,” now with B Sqn 22 SAS Regt, in Bradbury Lines, Hereford, England, mid 70s.

diving 70s

Returning from a training dive with boat troop B Sqn, 22 SAS Regt. UK 1970s

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“Softy” with an umbrella in the jungle. The NZ SAS Sqn used small umbrellas in the jungles of Vietnam in order to maintain their body temperature during hard routine patrolling when they were static in the rain. I brought it into 22 SAS Regt in the late 70s after doing a NZ SAS Tracking course. If I was sat out all night on hard routine  for example, it’s amazing how much comfort can be taken by not losing my much needed body heat, given the daily work rate with little food intake day after day. 

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Operation Nimrod, Iranian Embassy Siege, London, 5th May 1980. Bob was an assault member clearing the top floor from the roof. He was the man who laid the explosion on to the stairs skylight as a distraction. That would be the first explosion heard on the BBC News live report that day, prior to the balcony team laying their window charge.


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Boat troop preparing to “float off” from an O Class submarine. 1980s


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Flying to RV with a submarine on a night jump with boats. 1980s

boat people

Boat Troop with their Klepper canoes rafting up for a final quick brief before a long haul. 1980s. Bob 5 from left giving the briefing.

borneo patrol

Mixed International SF LRRP Team. British, Australian and Malaysian SF. Bob front left. Borneo 1980s

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Wadi Tubal, First Gulf War 1991. Bob far right.

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22 SAS Regimental RV, Brew up Wadi, Western Iraq, GW1, 1991. Bob left foreground.

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Setting up a live fire bank of Claymores demo. Brunei 1990s

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The Army School of Infantry title of WO1 (SMI) Sergeant Major Instructor. Just over two terrific years of training lads from other nations as well as our own. Loved my time there, good hard grafting staff, all working as one great team! Early 90s, Jungle Warfare school, Training Team Brunei (TTB). 1992-94.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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13 thoughts on “Bob Shepherd’s Military Days In Photographs.”

  1. Looks like Mick Gant in your RAF Regiment photo,Boxed in the Outdoor cinema in Salalah in 1974 against Paul Craddock.Glad your well.

  2. Very interesting reading and photo’s Bob, Quick question if I may, Do you know what happened to Dave Hill, pictured behind you in the Regt photo, we did Pre Para together.

  3. Interesting read Bob. My uncle Chris Watts has fond memories of Hong Kong 75 and Njimegen Marches and lines like’ the ends just over the next hill’ and ‘we are the paras’!

  4. Well, I recognize all those faces in the Swinderby photo, ever the guy who was in his working blues all the time but cannot remember why. I went on to St Athans for airframe training. Life time ago.

  5. Hi Bob

    I’m Colerne boy.

    I knew a Welsh chap
    Colin Taylor ( think that’s his surname)

    He married my next-door neighbours Daughter Anne Walmsley.

    Drove a brown reliant.

    Top chap to me as boy. Happy fella..

    Thanks for the memory jolt.


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