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  1. Well, the photos look to be of two different vehicles anyway or are they one vehicle taken at different periods after some restoration? The glacis plates are certainly different in different photos. Under the British post-war markings there seem to be markings of the 1st US Armd Div. An interesting project, but not cheap! 10 68
  2. The trouble with trying to make a list such as this is that it is so variable - over time, from unit to unit and in degree of popularity. In the 70s, for example, there was still some second world war slang among, for example, old veterans in the TA or cadet instructors, while the young were inventing their own from their own experiences in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. And not all of it was either polite or appropriate for modern ears. And it comes in and out of fashion - much doesn't endure at all, while, here and there, expressions linger on or become reinvented. Bundook (spelling varies), was certainly used by my elderly cadet instructors in the early 70s, for a rifle while "gat" was then more common in the Regular Army. The cuds, was a generic term used by some for what the Americans called the boondocks - or the countryside, as in, "out in the cuds". The Falklands conflict produced its own vocabulary which enjoyed popularity for a while - it saw the rise of tabbing among Paras and yomping among the Marines, for example. Both these terms lingered and are sometimes still used. Ally hadn't appeared and, as far as I can remember, didn't until the Gulf War of 1991. Gucci was more common. KFS were gobbling rods, or fighting irons. Ladies lingerie, particularly if it included suspenders, would have been webbing or fighting order, of course, while, if coupled with a corset, it became full marching order! Kilometres were clicks, and probably still are and binoculars binos, rather than bins which is what they are to birdwatchers! With food there were babies heads - steak and kidney pudding and abortions - tinned tomatoes - while Jack enjoyed chicken on a raft (fried egg on fried bread). Lance Corporals were Lance Jacks and corporals full screws. Boots CWW were hobbly cobblies, DMS boots - dem's ma shoes. There were hairy Marys - shirts KF and woolly pullies. Crap hats were both No1 Dress caps and a generic for non-Paras. And, of course, there were the slang terms for the various regiments and corps which were always used, but which change over time. In books written between the wars and earlier, these terms are usually included, but I don't think any of the old ones remain apart from Sappers and Gunners. In the 70s we talked of Scaleys for Royal Signals, Reems, for the REME, Dropshorts for the Gunners, and, in salute to It ain't 'Arf 'Ot Mum, the Ladidah Gunner Grahams - for the HAC! But I don't think that stuck! There were Devon and Doughnuts, the Duke of Boots and so on. And, of course, there was the extensive collection of nicknames for people - the Dusty Millers, Dinger Bells and so on some of which have very traditional roots. But, to make a full list would be impossible and, to be honest, rather contrived, as some slang just didn't endure while some has been in circulation for decades and longer and will remain so. My favourite, though, is from Kipling's era and rarely still heard: "Pick up your parrots and monkeys and turn to face the boat". 10 68
  3. I don't know what the arrangement is with the petition, it was passed to me by a friend. But, I grant you, it does seem to need a bit of an additional impetus if it is to make the cut. Need to find these "Russian Bots" which seem to do so well with petitions! 10 68
  4. Again, my thanks to you all - for the signatures, for the forwarding elsewhere and for your kind thoughts. I'm sorry the petition can be signed only by UK-residents: but it is comforting to know that, at least the original evacuation - Operation DYNAMO - didn't recognise such national limitations. For example, the Polish warship, ORP BLYSKAWICA, (Lightning) which is now the Polish Navy's museum ship, was one of many Allied vessels involved and was working in concert with HMS GREYHOUND the ship which brought my own grandfather off the beach at La Panne. As an aside, the BLYSKAWICA's name was so difficult for the RN to pronounce (it's something like Bweeskaveetza) that she was generally referred to as the "Bottle of Whisky". She was built at Cowes. (A further aside, the Estonian submarine LEMBIT, now in their maritime museum in Tallinn, was also British-built, by Vickers Armstrong, in 1936). Both vessels are well worth a visit if your in that part of the world. 10 68
  5. Please do sign if you can - the numbers are needed. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/242090 The numbers who survive are very small and all will be in their late nineties at least and this would be a nice gesture of gratitude to those who gave so much. Thanks 10 68
  6. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/242090 The link above is to a petition being raised with the Government to specifically recognise service with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium from Sep 39 to Jun 40 with the award of a clasp to the 1938-45 Star. If you are a UK resident or citizen, you are eligible to add your name to the petition should you so wish. 10 68
  7. Richard, I really am losing it! Of course it was SEDIST! Glad one of us still has all his faculties! Now... I must try and remember... pants THEN trousers! 10 68
  8. Sorry Richard, the mistake was mine. I meant Rowcroft! It was late at night. We've talked about this before - I knew it well from running my BFT round the place some years back! And, as you know, EC was Eastern Command, latterly Eastern District. Now, of course, it is all gone, though the manor remains among a lot of new houses. 10 68
  9. I believe they were the Directorate Support Systems (Combat Support Vehicles) - now something entirely different in DE&S MoD possibly Director Land Support, (Vehicle Support), (OSVs) Operational Support Vehicles or somesuch. Here's another one, of similar design, on a Land Rover 2286cc engine refurbished at Rycroft Bks, Ashford, Kent (EC02) in the mid-80s
  10. It's the reconditioning plate. When an MoD engine is reconditioned a data plate is affixed stating the code of the workshop where it was reconditioned, the date and the details of the work undertaken. Then the whole engine is put back together and sprayed duck-egg blue - as yours is. In your case it seems that the cylinder bores are still standard while the main bearings and the big ends have been honed by 10 thou. 10 68
  11. I have for sale a pair of books on German WWII transport and artillery: "German Military Transport of WWII Lorries and Cars of the German Army 1939-1945" by John Milsom and "German Artillery of World War Two" by Ian Hogg. Both are in good condition with slight scuffing to the dust jackets. The artillery book is easily found, but, at the moment, the John Milsom book is hard to come by. I'm looking for £45.00 for the pair including P&P. If anyone is interested, please PM me. 10 68
  12. Ah! That's a bit better! After all, there was a Land Rover in "Ice Cold in Alex"! 10 68
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