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70-year-old ex-SAS soldier dares to tackle four muggers and wins
Daily Mail ^ | 24th October 2006 | Daily Mail

Posted on 10/24/2006 8:31:40 PM PDT by Eurotwit

A 70-year-old former British soldier who fought guerillas in Aden and Triad gangs in Hong Kong showed four muggers how it doesn't pay to mess with the SAS.

Douglas O'Dell is past retirement age but the moves he learned as a volunteer in Britain's toughest regiment half-a-century ago stood him in good stead when he was ambushed near his home in Bielefeld, Germany, by four local toughs.

The former Provost Sergeant put paid to the danger on the street like he once took out bandits in hotspots across the globe.

THWACK! The first mistake came when one of the teenagers grabbed him around the throat and said in German: "Give my your money, grandad, if you don't want to get hurt."

"Bad move," said Douglas. "The only part he got right was grandad. If you're gonna grab someone from behind take their arms and pin them to their waist.

"This joker, I was able to grab his elbow, crouch down and throw him over my shoulder. He landed on his back on a fence and squealed like a stuck pig."

CRASH! As one went down another moved in and Douglas thought he saw him reaching for a knife. The Birmingham-born divorcee, who has a daughter and three grandchildren, said: "I had the measure of him but I slipped on some wet leaves as he came for me and bashed my face badly on the concrete.

"I saw his boot coming towards my face and I thought: 'No you don't, sunshine.' I grabbed his leg and twisted it until he too was screaming out in agony.

"Then I got to my feet and kicked him in the chest."

With two down the two remaining would-be muggers had enough. One peeled his groaning pal from the fence, the other picked up his crippled accomplice from the pavement.

"The last I saw of them they were limping down the pavement like a WW1 trench raiding party who got clobbered," said Douglas.

Douglas, who served nearly nine years with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment before leaving the army in the late 1950s, learned his combat moves when he was accepted for SAS training.

He completed the course and was to join the famous regiment when he contracted malaria and had to leave the army.

"I was upset at the time but I made the best of it. It's funny, but I never thought I would need to know that stuff again, the unarmed combat, but it came back just when I needed it."

The youths ambushed him just 60 feet from the flat he lives in in the British Army garrison town he has called home since 1961.

He went on: "The police only became involved because I went to the hospital with my face. Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. They didn't get anything – except a bloody good hiding.

"They were German, I think east Germans, from their accent. There have been a lot of break-ins in my road.

"I just didn’t think this would happen to me. I was only returning from a pal's place after drinking a few beers."

Douglas, who spent three years as a policeman in Birmingham before returning to Germany to live after his marriage ended, shares his flat with a mongrel dog called Schnuffi.

He still works, as a delivery driver, "because my pension isn't very good."

Police in Bielefeld are still looking for his attackers.

But a spokesman said: "He had everything under control. These guys picked the wrong guy on the wrong night."


TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banglist; eastgermans; oldgranddad; sas
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Don't mess with the SAS...
1 posted on 10/24/2006 8:31:42 PM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit
"He still works, as a delivery driver, "because my pension isn't very good."

Shame on the nanny state for treating a war hero like this.

3 posted on 10/24/2006 8:35:53 PM PDT by spokeshave (The Democrat Party stands for open treason in a time of war.)
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To: Eurotwit

Training is everything, regardless of age. Gives me hope in my dotage.


4 posted on 10/24/2006 8:36:59 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Eurotwit

When I grow up, I want to be Doug O'Dell.


5 posted on 10/24/2006 8:37:16 PM PDT by RichInOC ("...But oh, beware my Country when my Country grows polite!"--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Eurotwit

Cool Story!


6 posted on 10/24/2006 8:38:47 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Eurotwit

A great story, but the personal notes are kind of sad.


7 posted on 10/24/2006 8:39:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: spokeshave

We all know that when the war is over, all those who served are forgotten until they die, and then they are remembered.


8 posted on 10/24/2006 8:39:43 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Eurotwit
Cheers.
9 posted on 10/24/2006 8:40:34 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: Eurotwit
'No you don't, sunshine.'

LOL! old guys crack me up! :)

10 posted on 10/24/2006 8:40:59 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Eurotwit; MadIvan; SandRat
SAS
Bump
11 posted on 10/24/2006 8:41:19 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Eurotwit

Who dares Wins LOL good story


12 posted on 10/24/2006 8:41:22 PM PDT by antihannityguy (When they come for your guns give them the ammo first)
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...

Now this is a solid Mate!!!


13 posted on 10/24/2006 8:42:28 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Eurotwit

Thank the Almighty he lives in Germany, if this was Merrie England he would all but be guaranteed prison time for daring to defend himself.

Seriously, I gather the real art of self-defense bears little resemblence to those chop-sockey ballets. Furthermore, I gather you don't necessarily need the physique of a Bruce Lee to be able to deal out some serious damage...


14 posted on 10/24/2006 8:43:06 PM PDT by sinanju (s)
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To: Eurotwit

* bookmark! *

15 posted on 10/24/2006 8:44:01 PM PDT by NonLinear (He's dead, Jim)
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To: spokeshave
That's because the state is too busy giving out money to drug addicts and other lazy lowlifes.The same thing is happening in this country.Social security is going down the tubes because it pays out millions of dollars to people in their 20's and 30's who never worked a day in their life or paid into the fund.
16 posted on 10/24/2006 8:45:00 PM PDT by peeps36 (Rebuild Iraq's Army And Send It Over To Kick Iran In The Teeth)
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To: Eurotwit

Wow! I'd love to spend a few days having him teach me some of what he knows!

Well done!

Now if he did this in America, the ACLU lawyers would be drawing up the papers.


17 posted on 10/24/2006 8:46:54 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: Eurotwit

Fantastic!


18 posted on 10/24/2006 8:47:26 PM PDT by clyde asbury (I less than 3 you.)
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To: MadIvan; vimto; fanfan

"These guys picked the wrong guy on the wrong night."


19 posted on 10/24/2006 8:47:53 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: sinanju

Hey, remo - read "Unrestricted warfare."


20 posted on 10/24/2006 8:48:48 PM PDT by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: Echo Talon

Hey, I'm not old and I've used that line before. I think I heard my dad say it a time or two when he fought someone younger. It also makes the other guy pause a bit, LOL.


21 posted on 10/24/2006 8:49:13 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Eurotwit
Don't mess with the SAS...

Muggers - in Germany?

Good thing this bloke wasn't at home. He would be in prison by now.

22 posted on 10/24/2006 8:49:48 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: DaveLoneRanger

armed(literally) ping list?


23 posted on 10/24/2006 8:50:02 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Eurotwit

Great title. BTTT


24 posted on 10/24/2006 8:50:12 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: Eurotwit; LibWhacker

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1724770/posts

Sounds like these two fellas should get together and have a couple of drinks. ;-D


25 posted on 10/24/2006 8:50:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: doc1019
We all know that when the war is over, all those who served are forgotten until they die, and then they are remembered.

And that is the saddest commentary you can make on any society and the worst part is that it is true of every society throughout the world

26 posted on 10/24/2006 8:53:24 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Eurotwit
Good for him!

What amazes me however, is the fact he was not arrested for being so insensitive to those poor disadvantaged German youth.

Isn't it common in Britain these days to punish 70 year old former SAS soldiers (well anyone really), for beating up on 4 young hooligans out to do you harm?

27 posted on 10/24/2006 8:57:01 PM PDT by AFreeBird (If American "cowboy diplomacy" did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.)
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To: sinanju

Don't be so sure. This old guy is bound to be still in darn good shape, I don't care if he does know moves. A gimpy old weak boned man would not be able to pull this off no matter what his training in his prime. They said he was once a police officer. Well I'd say he's likely a Jack Palance kinda guy. Fit as a fiddle and able to outwork many that are 20 years younger.


28 posted on 10/24/2006 8:57:48 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: phoenix0468

Training is training … age (obviously) not withstanding.

Old saw (sp) … practice, practice, practice and you will never forget.


29 posted on 10/24/2006 9:00:12 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: SandRat

hehehehe,,,,Never Pick On Nothin' Meaner Than You Are...;0)


30 posted on 10/24/2006 9:05:25 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Eurotwit

Good story but when you don't know what a "SAS" is , you feel like your missing something. I guess every one in the world knows what it is but me, being no one else is asking.


31 posted on 10/24/2006 9:12:53 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: freepatriot32

Good story, but he wasn't truly armed and I try to go lightly on the stories out of the country.

Just goes to show you, there's no ex-soldier.


32 posted on 10/24/2006 9:13:54 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Lord, help me to be the Christian conservative that liberals fear I am.)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

looks can be decieving....hehehehehehe


33 posted on 10/24/2006 9:17:22 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: fish hawk

The Special Air Service (SAS) is the principal special forces organisation of the British Army. A small and secretive institution, it attracts a disproportionate amount of media coverage. The SAS was formed in 1941 to conduct raids behind German lines in North Africa, and today serves as a model for similar units fielded by other countries.[citation needed]

The SAS forms part of the United Kingdom Special Forces, alongside the Special Boat Service (SBS), Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), and Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). The SAS is widely regarded as one of the finest and best-trained special forces units in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Air_Service


I believe the U.S. Delta Force was established as an American eqivalent by an U.S. special forces operative who had served with the SAS.

"From its beginnings, Delta was heavily influenced by the British SAS, a philosophical result of Col. Beckwith’s year-long (1962-1963) exchange tour with that unit. Accordingly, it is today organized into three operating squadrons, all of which (A, B, and C) are subdivided into small groups known as troops. It is rumored that each troop, as the case with the SAS, specializes in HALO, SCUBA, or other skill groups"

http://www.specialoperations.com/Army/Delta_Force/unit_profile.htm


34 posted on 10/24/2006 9:22:37 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: Eurotwit; snugs; MadIvan; All

YOu got give props to this guys Snugs and IVAN


35 posted on 10/24/2006 9:23:53 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Eurotwit

Thank you.


36 posted on 10/24/2006 9:26:21 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: Eurotwit

Great story!
Ms.B


37 posted on 10/24/2006 9:26:47 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Eurotwit

u-ragh.!
Best post this week...:)


38 posted on 10/24/2006 9:28:24 PM PDT by DadOfTwoMarines (Marines... the worlds 911 responder.)
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To: Eurotwit

Bump


39 posted on 10/24/2006 9:34:38 PM PDT by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: Eurotwit
Terry Thorne is that YOU?!

Sorry - couldnt help myself...

brought to you by a POL/Russell Crowe moment

40 posted on 10/24/2006 9:38:47 PM PDT by Alkhin (we have made our bed and now must eat it)
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To: Eurotwit

Good think he didn't live back home. They'd slap him on the pee pee for daring to defend himself and injure those poor underprivileged youts who were just trying to make a living, after all.


41 posted on 10/24/2006 9:42:17 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: RichInOC
When I grow up, I want to be Doug O'Dell.

Jack Bauer wears Doug O'Dell pajamas!

42 posted on 10/24/2006 9:44:41 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Voting straight GOP. Nobody wins if you cut-n-run.)
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To: RichInOC
Faster than a speeding bullet ... more powerful than a locomotive ... able to leap tall buildings in a single bound... yes, these are some of Doug O'Dells' warm-up exercises.

When the Boogeyman goes to bed at night, he checks his closet for Doug O'Dell

There is no evolution, only the animals that Doug O'Dell lets live.

Doug O'Dell does not read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.

Outer space exist because it does not want to be on the same planet with Doug O'Dell.

Doug O'Dells' tears can cure cancer. Too bad he never cries. Ever."

Fact:
Doug O'Dell is badder then Chuck Norris.
43 posted on 10/24/2006 9:59:36 PM PDT by do the dhue (If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.)
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To: freepatriot32

Tommy

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o'beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:

O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's ``Thank you, Mister Atkins,'' when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's ``Thank you, Mr. Atkins,'' when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.

Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy how's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints:
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;

While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind,"
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!

- Kipling


44 posted on 10/24/2006 9:59:37 PM PDT by EnochPowellWasRight
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To: Eurotwit

This is a perfect example where FR should have a scholarship fund called the " WLTSYD " We Love That Sh!t You Did" fund.

When these stories come up we vote on if they deserve a prize and for how much. Then we pay a researcher to find that person and deliver the prize and preferably video tape and post their reaction to the prize.


45 posted on 10/24/2006 10:01:23 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: sinanju
Seriously, I gather the real art of self-defense bears little resemblence to those chop-sockey ballets. Furthermore, I gather you don't necessarily need the physique of a Bruce Lee to be able to deal out some serious damage...

Even a little training puts you miles ahead of someone with no training.

46 posted on 10/24/2006 10:04:06 PM PDT by poindexter
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To: Eurotwit
He landed on his back on a fence and squealed like a stuck pig

If it was one of those wrought iron fences with the pointy things on top, or even a picket fence with the triangular tops on the pickets, he probably *was* a stuck pig.

He still works, as a delivery driver, "because my pension isn't very good."

Sad but typical.

Too bad this didn't get caught on tape, I'd have paid good money to see it, and I'm sure others would as well. Maybe the Sergeant wouldn't have to work as a delivery driver.

Of course he could probably get a raise if he switched to guard on high value shipments. :)

47 posted on 10/24/2006 10:06:57 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Echo Talon
old guys crack me up!

The muggers certainly were "cracked up", but I doubt they thought it was very funny. :)

48 posted on 10/24/2006 10:08:25 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Eurotwit

Brings a tear to the eye.


49 posted on 10/24/2006 10:09:23 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: El Gato
no doubt, afterwords those muggers were probably like" man that old dude sure was grumpy!" :P
50 posted on 10/24/2006 10:40:00 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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