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  1. Thanks Wally. The mystery of B269 solved.
  2. That's great research Wally, I feel a book or small pamphlet needs to be published on what has been uncovered. I have a vehicle that had a post-war overhaul at B269. Any information on B269? Many thanks, Alan
  3. Andrew, A great project for somebody. I have my own HU project on the go at the moment and wish the buyer all the best. Alan
  4. WANTED to view and scan I'm trying to find some manuals for the Humber Heavy Utility 4x4/FWD vehicle: - "Driver's Handbook" from late 1943 with reference "56/3". - "Driver's Handbook" from late 1944. - "Maintenance Manual and Instruction Book" from early/mid 1942 with reference "101/HR2". - "Replacement Parts Catalogue" from late 1941 - 1942. - any 1945 or later dated manuals. If anyone has any of these on their bookshelf I'd like to copy. Many thanks, Alan
  5. I wonder if the Panther is on the 'Russian'/separatist or Ukrainian side of the conflict border. A price in Euro makes me think that it could be in the western zone. Not sure who would be easier to negotiate with - the authorities in Kiev or big brother Bear! I guess it would make UK planning permission looks like child's play and a damn sight cheaper. Of course, the 'powers to be' might be watching as they do all of the hard work and them swoop in and confiscate 'war-like' materiel. Perhaps the local authorities will end up claiming the remains as a national treasure or even used as a memorial. Just so long as it is saved from the scrap man.
  6. The sanitation engineer must have had a great time deal of fun pulling together all of those various parts and then being told that the design had to go onto the rear of a lorry. This is a much overlooked element of a division's support services. Many personal war diaries tell of visiting the mobile bath and laundry units when rotating through in reserve and the delight of getting thoroughly cleaned. That and local cafes, ENSA shows and getting fed a proper meal. Does anyone know what water supply was used to keep the steam flowing? I suspect that somewhere on the rear of the lorry is a pump and filter to use natural water sources or Royal Engineer constructed water tanks but could a water bowser be connected? The Imperial War Museum(IWM), in London, have a model of a 'Mobile Disinfector Truck' with a description "Scratch-built model of a Second World War period British/Indian Army disinfector truck, having a wooden chassis and wheels, metal superstructure (bodywork), and glass plate windscreen. The open flat-backed rear of the truck carries a cylindrical metal boiler and stands for two disinfector drums. The drums themselves are not present. The model (based on a standard 3-ton truck) is finished in a black and brown paint camouflage scheme and is marked with the following painted (in what was originally white paint) distinguishing numbers: '25TH / F.H.S. / 602' (on left front mudguard); 'L 14794' (on left and right side of bonnet); 'W / broad arrow / D' (at rear end of flat back)."Height 126mm, Length 270 m, Width 120mm", Catalogue Number: MOD 2494: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30115600 (sorry - no picture). No other information jumps out of the IWM collection. Maybe more research will reveal something. I was hoping to identify the 3 ton lorry manufacturer but can't make sense of the WD Number 'L14794' from the official lists. Perhaps '25th FHS' is 25th Field Hygiene Section? The FHSs were part of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). The National Archives in Kew has War Diaries for the British and Indian 25th FHSs: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=25+field+hygiene+section
  7. I see a final drive sprocket wheel. How much remains of the rest of the vehicle I wonder? The advert appears to say that the turret is off the vehicle...so an internal ammunition explosion? Could have made quite a mess of the interior, not to mention the crew.
  8. Wow. With a 3 million Euro price tag and transport from Ukraine to Germany is extra......and then need no doubt have the front armour cut to meet German Federal law. Now where did I put my chequebook?
  9. Any photo of the bivy? Many thanks, Alan
  10. Hi Colin, Interested in two boards also to make BESAs. I'll PM. Alan
  11. Yes. Definitely a convoy light/lamp. Seen on many German (Bundeswehr) vehicles an some of other nations. Now on the rear of the British Army's MAN fleet of logistic trucks. Here is a Wiki link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackout_light
  12. Dave, Click the "Activity" tab and then select "Search", on the right. Once the screen has refreshed, you will see two tabs "Contents Search" and "Member Search". After selecting "Member Search", type in "Anzac" into the search field. Of the three results...Alec is the one who joined in 2007. Send him a message. Hope that helps, Alan
  13. Dave, The Humber Heavy Utility register is held by Alec Small, on here as "Anzac". I don't believe this vehicle has survived in preservation. My understanding puts M4895246 as a vehicle from contract S.239 awarded in June 1942. Alan
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