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  1. As you say Ian, there appear to be two securing straps/brackets holding the rubber hose to the wooden floatation block. The block is clearly shaped to take the hose and the connection on top of the pierced filter canister..  The thick leather strap is for securing the block to the trailer when not in use. I can't find any clearer pictures.

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  2. I'm looking for information about General Service cargo bodies used on British 3 Ton lorries during WW2.

    I've been told that many of the British 3 Ton lorries were fitted with a common General Service cargo carrying body. Earlier ones were mostly wooden sided but switching to all steel construction for mid/later war.

    Does anyone have Illustrated Parts Lists or Parts Catalogues that cover this common GS body design? Like the attached photographs.

    Many thanks,

    Alan

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  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. 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

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