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    Try Alan Turner, Firepower have one, he may have access to the information you want.
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    cheers Tony you B. although I have the most yards on the museums chevvy (bedford) quad getting information about it and others is like pulling hens teeth from certain party's at back of house although I get on well with them all.
    There was I site that I bookmarked as it had all RA units during 39/45 but it seems to have disappeared from my listings.

    Certainly from 1940 onwards the Canadian produced thousands of soft skin trucks from 15 cwt to 3 ton and Artillery tractors varying from type 11, 12 & 13 bodies and much later the open back truck variety and were used from North Africa Italy and then through Europe after D Day. they were also used in the far east as related to me by an old Gunner from Preston about getting 45mph on hard sand full train (John Crompton Decd). They were certainly tough trucks there is a photo in the RA Archive of tractor and limber dangling from a bridge parapet by the wedged wheels of the 25pdr, the driver climbed out unhurt.

    The canadian units were re engined with bedford 28hp and demobbed post war very quickly most going to recovery trucks because of the winch.

    I have seen photos of the final 25pdr units being disbanded at Woolwich Barracks and they were all Morris quad very much bulled

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    I have refound the Royal Artillery site check out www.ra30-45pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

    it covers all types during that period but click field/RHA regiments for brief histories anyhting prior to 1940 towing vehicle would have been Morris, Karrier, Guy all mainly lost in france.

    alan
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    Thanks for the help so far guys.
    Alan - I thnk the lonk should be 39-45 not 30-45

    I see that Firepower have a research service. Anyone any experience of using this. I dont mind paying for the search if there is a reasonable cgance of success?

    The Contract numbers are interesting but i am not sure I fully understand all that stuff. Are there any dates associated with these contracts? Where do you find this sort of stuff?

    Thanks
    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosbie View Post
    Thanks for the help so far guys.
    Alan - I thnk the lonk should be 39-45 not 30-45

    I see that Firepower have a research service. Anyone any experience of using this. I dont mind paying for the search if there is a reasonable cgance of success?

    The Contract numbers are interesting but i am not sure I fully understand all that stuff. Are there any dates associated with these contracts? Where do you find this sort of stuff?

    Thanks
    Rick

    Contract No,s and W.D No,s are from ALLOCATION By CENTRAL CENSUS TANKS and VEHICLES of "B" VEHICLE W.D. NUMBERS , Listing in numerical order all allocated W.D numbers for soft skin vehicles up to and including 23 November 1944.

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    Link didnt work 30 or 39-45
    just because I am parranoid does not mean they are not out to get me

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    Default Re: Use of CMP Field Gun Tractors by British Field Regiments in WW2

    sorry all that is confirmed as 39-45, digit problem.

    Firepower will not have any information on vehicle allocation to units, only one bloke would know and that would be the corporal of the MT Section who would have so many 15cwt , 3 tonners and Quad tractors under his control.

    If you can find proper ID plates then its off to Deepcut.

    As you are aware the images I post come from The Royal Arsenal Woolwich Historical Society collection and I have just been co-opted as their web site co-ordinator for their site at www.royalarsenalwoolwich.co.uk, I shall still show images as before

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    Thanks Alan. thats really helpful
    Rick

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    The RA Museums Chevy is basically a running shell with a correct front half but a replica back half. The driving position is really good as you are nearly sitting on the floor per F1 and handling is good compared to Morris quad which I have also tried.

    The back has the right shape but no interior lockers and a bench seat with seat belts for when we (I) used to give kids of all ages rides around some of the old Arsenal site, surprising how 80 year old gunners are still the quickest at tgetting into the vehicle compared with ladies half their age who need to be virtually lifted on.

    What engine are you going to use? the Chevy unit is slightly bigger than the bedford but bedford parts are easier to get hold of which is why so many were converted by the REME before demob. I think Richard Farrant has plenty of tales about that.

    heres a few photos all my own.

    alan
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    Hi Guys

    Just cought up with this thread looking at the orgianal photos it looks to me as priviously said 5th Yorkshire Infantry Division.

    All the other points made then add up they were in Italy untill very near the end of teh war when they where moved to Northern Europe. The Number on the left looks like a 44 wich means that it is an infantry division and if it is the 5th Division then that makes the Regiment 156th (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA(TA)

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    156th under the command of Lt Col Younger saw action in the Middle East, Sicily, Anzio and further into Italy and ended the war in Germany. They also had an eventful time as described in the privately printed and published book, '593 : the story of a Field Battery 1940-45' which is dedicated to Major F.W. Batey, MC and Bar, who was killed in action at Anzio. Contributing to the story was the Battery Commander, Major E.J.H. Bates who himself won the MC at Anzio. Both those Field Regiments have a history to be proud of. After the war, like many proud units they were merged and re merged until their identity has all but disappeared. There is a growing interest in the history of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry and its place in military history over the years and anyone with any relevant information, or who would wish to know more, can contact Campbell Thomson at ct@jcthomson.co.uk

    I hope this helps better late than never the would not be the only one

    Keith

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