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  1. How nice to see our Post War vehicles considered in the same category as those of the SS! 1068
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    Silver teaspoons with military 'crest'

    Spoons are traditional prizes for shooting competitions. I suspect that is what these are. 10 68
  3. When I had my Uaz 469, I had a couple of ex-Servicemen come up to me and tell me they used to drive one just like it when they were in the Army. I could only agree, "great little trucks, Champs!
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    US made British battledress

    Central Mediterranean Forces, I believe. 10 68
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    Bridge rating markings on vehicles

    There was and will be. The Royal Engineers Pocket Book. RSME always included an exercise in doing precisely that on the various combat engineer courses. You would have to do it for a selection of bridges and it involved various measurements and calculations. Interestingly, some of the strongest are the oldest - I recall one stone bridge dating from medieval times working out at about Class 120 and even then, its only limiting factor was its width! But, to modern engineers this was shocking of course - building a bridge to carry a horse and cart which was so clearly over-designed! Perhaps some forum members will remember their days in BAOR where every bridge, culvert and sharp bend was faithfully recorded on "Road and Bridge" maps held by RE, RMP, RCT and so on to enable easy planning of convoy routes. Such obstacles were themselves marked with bridge circles showing limits for both single and double traffic. By and large, most vehicles, apart from heavy armour, could cope with most public roads, but I do recall that the 35-tonne Crusaders and the Coles MkV cranes were restricted - the latter due to its height - just over the standard 4m - the general minimum clearance for bridges on German roads. 10 68
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    British Army Stoves

    Thanks Chris, and interesting stuff from Artificer and Ferret Fixer. I hadn't known that the correct term for a haybox was insulator and I had forgotten the term "Hydraburner" as well. I'm sure there were different styles over the years - the one in the photo, for example, appears to have a hinged lid, the ones I was familiar with, I seem to remember didn't. I never came across 6-gallon dixies as, by the time I joined, the Norwegian Container had replaced them - though they were, of course, a lot smaller. Interesting reminder about the red lining of jerricans as well - it was definitely their Achilles' heel, responsible for a lot of clogging in all sorts of places through the years, I'm sure, particularly with older cans. An interesting thread, thanks. 10 68
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    https://youtu.be/OmgPlkiEZKQ?t=106 This is a good clip of a Series 1 Land Rover being used at RAF Lyneham in the very early 60s. Note the stop sign on the roof - chimes with that shown in the earlier photo on the Tilly. 10 68
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    I think they're firemen - double-breasted jackets and large, leather belts. All the vehicles have headlamps except the Bedford which still has a single lamp with shade, so is it late war - winter 44- spring 45, perhaps, or early post-war - same seasons 45-46? 10 68
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    British Army Stoves

    But, considering their length of service and the number of meals cooked on them, they were pretty reliable. And, in the hands of a good cook , the No1 burner was superb. The heat reaching each pan depended on its distance from the burner - so, if the cook knew what he was doing, then the one at the far end of the trench would be simmering while the one at the near end would be frying or boiling and he'd move them around according to what heat each one required. After a damp, cold night, interrupted by a 2-hour guard duty, there can be little else better than the sound and smell of a No1 burner preparing fried eggs, fried bread, sausages, beans... and steaming hot sweet tea! No2 burners were good, but, of course, they meant doing the job yourself! Talking of cooking, it's surprising that you never seem to see hayboxes coming up on eBay - plenty of Norwegian flasks, but no hayboxes. So can't replicate range days with fish or pie and chips from a haybox... and NAAFI bread wrapped with paper printed with the day of the week! 10 68
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    Contract FVE-22A-304

    Brill. Well, according to my maths the book suggests that the contract was for 4684 110s. But, when your copy arrives you can check that number and also count the number with the same spec as yours. Glad things have worked out. Best 10 68
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    Contract FVE-22A-304

    Richard, I had a look at the MERLIN record for yours. It was a TUM FFR Hard Top, 12/24V 4x4 2.5LTR DSL Land Rover Defender LEP. The first unit seems to have been 2 Yorks from 23 Mar 89 then 1 RRF, 4 SCOTS, 33 Sig Regt (V), DSG Stirling, 94(BY) Sig Sqn, 39 Sig Regt (V) 51 Para Sqn RE and disposal through Withams 25 Mar 13. Because it is later than 1986, that particular ERM doesn't get a mention in the Supplementary Parts List I have, but there are others there with a similar item number - sufficient for you to see how it was fitted out, I'm sure. 10 68
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    Contract FVE-22A-304

    Richard, I have had a trawl through "Land Rovers in British Military Service" by James Taylor and Geoff Fletcher where there are lists of contract numbers. According to the book, FVE22A-304 was for some 4684 One-tens. The variations within that contract are, however, extensive. The first appears on 11 Nov 1985 and is for a single "Recovery RHD" ERM 78KE27. The last one listed in the book is 80KG79 of 27 Aug 87 which is an RHD V8 station wagon. Elsewhere there are LHD GS hardtops (eg 79KE06), RHD CL truck cabs (87KE64) and FFR RHD hard tops (45KF93). So, as I say, quite a variety. After 1990 the One-ten was named a Defender One-ten and those mostly seem to be against contract numbers beginning with LV2A. Hope this helps 10 68 PS, I have just found my copy of the Supplementary Parts Catalogue dated September 1986 and it lists 22 different variants. The earliest vehicle against that contract number is 79KE06 of Nov/Dec 85 and the final one 16KF66 of fiscal year 1986. Clearly, though, more were purchased against this contract until the end of military Land Rover One-tens in 1990. The next Supplementary Parts Catalogue I have is dated 1991 and is for Defender 110s against Contract LV2A/004.
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    Contract FVE-22A-304

    Richard, PM sent 10 68
  14. I was writing this as RIchard posted - so you can add the relevant bits and ignore the rest! For the entire time this vehicle was with 38 Engr Regt (pronounced "three eight" for RE numbers) it would have been based in Claro Barracks, Ripon. Throughout those years various squadrons of the regiment deployed individually and quite widely: Aden, as you say, Borneo, Anguilla, Belize, Oman, Northern Ireland... But, generally, RHQ seems to have remained at Ripon with the remainder of the regiment (the support squadron and the other three field squadrons, plus the REME workshop). The regimental REME workshop would have remained with the bulk of the regiment - so probably in Ripon throughout, but squadrons would have received a share of REME support for their deployments a Light Aid Detachment - whether some, none or all of these included a Leyland recovery vehicle, I cannot say - but there is a reasonable likelihood particularly for the more demanding overseas deployments. As a previous poster has said, for the majority of this time the colour scheme would have been DBG with REME arm of service (AOS) signs front and rear (horizontally divided blue/yellow/red square with a white line at top and a white number on the background - possibly 168 or 169) and the formation sign of which the regiment was part. 39, at Waterbeach was part of 12 Engr Bde, (so was 38, it seems from the description supplied by Richard) but I am not sure what 38 was part of for most of that time. From the middle seventies DBG was being replaced with "NATO" green and black and it is likely that this would have resulted in the Leyland also being outshopped in this livery at that time. Formation and AOS signs were then removed and replaced with simple 2" high white letters, such as "2/16" (16 was the number used for engr vehicles and this would be preceded by the number allocated to the formation whatever that was for 38 Engr Regt.) These were on the offside front of the vehicle and the rear. Union Jacks were not used on UK-based vehicles unless they had a direct NATO deployment role such as with AMF(L). The bridging circle was no longer yellow but a light grey. Certainly 38 Engineer Regiment's squadrons had large squadron markings on the doors (48 Sqn, for example was a large blue shield with a gold edge and a gold beaver in the middle). These remained until the DBG scheme went (for 48 this was early-mid 77 on return from NI). So, it is possible that the wksp also followed suit, most likely this would have been large REME badges on the cab doors. But, you now need someone who served at Ripon during that period. 1068
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    Spotted today....

    Sad to see it go, Clive, but glad the Shorland is staying in the county!