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Maldon, Essex

Operation Nimrod – 5th May 1980

5 May 2020

Monday 5th May 1980 at 16 Princes Gate, Kensington, London.

The quiet of a spring evening in London was about to be shattered as black clad figures prepared theirselves to make an explosive entrance into the Iranian Embassy.  After the terrorist murdered a hostage the Metropolitan Police, using the provison of ‘Military Aid to the Civil Power’, handed the incident over to the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) and at 19.23hrs the order was given.

preparing

Abseilers preparing their ropes

 

 

Perimeter secured

 

 

Time to move

 

 

Across the balcony

 

 

I can smell buring!

 

 

Reception party at rear of Embassy

 

 

The aftermath

 

 

It took the SAS, Special Air Service, 17 minutes to clear the embassy and rescue the hostages.  Of the six terrorists, five were killed and one captured.

The museum has on display the uniform of one of the SAS Troopers, Rusty Firmin.

 

Rusty’s uniform

 

 

Royal Tank Regt Coveralls

 

 

NBC Smock

 

 

Respirator

 

 

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