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    Quote Originally Posted by adam best View Post
    were you viewing to buy it there ?

    Yes i was, but we were unable to reach an amicable deal.
    Regards Dale.

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    what are the flat panels on the top for?
    The Cold War Museum. 'we are not ready' but in true tradition of the British, we will overcome all that we face.
    Curator, owner, dogs body, tea maker, errand boy, and anything else that is needed to get it open. but in true British tradition the planners have already scuppered my plans so we cannot open on the 1st may no matter what I do...I love my country but gosh I wish we could do away with planners...

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    fascine carrier
    ​Chieftain AVRE
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    It's one of the Willich AVREs as we called them. The first veh specifically designed to do the job. Much better than its predecessor. Looked after an Armd Engr Troop with 3 of these as well as 3 AVLB and some Spartan Recce Vets.
    Once an A Mech always an A Mech, it's in the blood.

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    I was at Willich when they were being made by 21 Engineer Base Workshops, I remember them being queued up outside their sheds. A Staff Sergeant Dave Williams was one of the big noises keeping all the lads welding.
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    ​the plan is to convert it back to a mbt in time
    ​Chieftain AVRE
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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    Quote Originally Posted by adam best View Post
    ​the plan is to convert it back to a mbt in time
    But it was never an MBT in the first place as I understand it?

    Andy

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    Default Re: chieftain AVRE

    Here is a pic of me driving a Willich, this was originally an MBT, i don't think yours was !
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails WILLICH AVRE 01EB24 x.jpg  

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    Just so happens one of the lads who built them lives 5 mins from me and told me all about them and what was involved in building them. They made twelve of these and there are supposedly only four left. we have two, one is at chatham, and i think the other is languishing in Withams yard.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Willich.jpg  

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    For those who were there at the time, Stephen Bursi (on left) Ted Dixon (in drivers) i can't remember the lad on the rights name, but i can find out if necessary.
    Regards Dale.

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