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  • Interviewee name: John Phillips

  • Bomb disposal Sergeant Major John Phillips had already dealt with defusing hundreds of unexploded bombs until he was tasked to head out to the Falklands on HMS Canberra with his colleague Staff Sergeant James Prescott. He talks about the equipment he needed to take with them (2 tons of it!) and how scarily no one really knew what they were heading into...

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from Vince Cane 24th Nov 2012, 12:25

I have had the fascinating, and probably unique, privilege of having served aboard HMS Conqueror (1985-1989) and also working alongside John (1990-1995)so have seen the Falklands through the eyes of two disparate groups who were there, both of whom represent the finest people I ever had the fortune to work with. In both cases they were modest, unassuming and utterly professional people, and the manner in which they discharged their duties represent some of the finest qualities of the British people. 30 years on things have changed rather substantially and pleasingly there has been a resurgence in peoples awareness of the value of our armed forces and the huge debt of gratitude owed to them. John and the guys on Conx are among the country's greatest ambassadors and I am very proud to have known them both.

from Stuart Prebble 11th Apr 2009, 06:03

It's endlessly fascinating to listen to John Phillips. He is so "matter of fact" about having defused "hundreds" of unexploded bombs - any one of which would have caused the rest of us to have a nervous breakdown. And the fact that he was so keen to get down to the Falklands to see active service - having trained for it for so long - is so typical of men's attitudes to war - usually before they actually experience the reality.