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About chrisgrove

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  • Birthday 08/29/1941

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  1. Your 4x4 Ant was indeed a 6 pounder tractor (or FAT). The give-away is the winch fairlead on the front bumper which the GS versions lacked as they did not have a winch. I can find only one pic of a GS 4x4 Ant with a Z number (Z5520430 - printed in a number of books) which looks as if it was a wartime picture (and explains why I thought it was even rarer than the 4x2 GS). I found one other with a Z number but as the pic was clearly post war and restored, I discounted it. The FAT and 6 pounder tractor versions certainly all seem to have carried H numbers. I doubt that, apart from at least the remains of the winch kit, you would be able to tell whether a truck was a 4x4 GS or a tractor as the load bed was much the same. There were seats in the back for the gun crew, and the tilt was higher and provided with 'windows' for the tractor, but none of that, I guess, remains on that truck. I have seen one or two 4x2 Ants and at least one FAT, but never a 4x4 Ant GS or tractor! I do, however, have a pic of a 4x2 Ant still in service in Austria in 1945, so someone must have been fond of it enough to keep it going! Chris
  2. No live rounds or empty cases in your possession, eh? Chris
  3. I feel I should point out that this (both pics) would appear to be a Quad Ant - the four wheel drive version, which, I would guess, is even rarer than the ordinary 4x2 Ant. With an H registration it was probably the 6 pounder gun tractor version originally, possibly even the FAT version. Chris
  4. I never came across black and brown -matt or gloss. Nato green decorated with pastel shades of emulsion paint - frequently! Chris
  5. I have to say I have never seen a Queens Own badge or picture saying RWK. They all say ROYAL WEST KENT. But I have no knowledge of what sign their vehicles carried in 1946 (nor whether they had any regimental sign at all). 2RWK moved to Germany in Feb 1946, to an area some 100 miles south of Brunswick, but in June they moved north to Brunswick where they stayed until Nov 1947, give or take three months in Berlin and various training periods at Soltau. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge of the signs painted on the vehicles, though the description of 5 Infantry Division sign as a white Y on a yellow square surprises me; I thought it was on a black square. I would have expected them to carry an AoS square (on the opposite side to the Divisional sign) which would be red, green or brown with a 2 figure number in the 50s or 60s range, but I cannot be more specific, without knowing the order of battle of 5 Div at the time. By 1948 2RWK were back in UK at Ross Barracks, Shorncliffe where they became the Home Counties Training Battalion.. Chris
  6. Had issued, and used, both OG and KD trousers with the crossover, buttoned buckle fastening. No complaints. But the kit I really liked best I acquired in Canada (cost me some duty free cigarettes) were the Canadian green nylon puttees. I later picked up a third one after surprising some Canadian 'enemy'. Not perfect - (they used to stretch amazingly when wet) - but much more pleasing than brown UK pattern ones. Chris
  7. What, no Geordies on this thread? As Safety Officer on the very first Battle Group through BATUS, I was hitching a lift with a Platoon HQ of the Infantry (Green Howards) Company at lunchtime. Platoon Sergeant suggests 'Jam and cheese sandwiches, lads?'. Compo cheese went down well (though I seldom got jam and cheese on bread since wartime in Newcastle, mores the pity. My Southern regiment would have laughed me to scorn had I suggested it), And, to add to the Squaddies Stew post, it was a standing joke in BAOR on the 70s that Mojo Stew consisted of ALL the components of compo stewed together (including the soap). Chris
  8. Thanks Pete. Funnily enough I have another pic of that truck, probably also from WP, but I hadn't thought (or remembered) it was from there. Good to know one still exists. Now to make a model of it! Chris
  9. I could add a few vehicles to this 'extinct' list. Karrier Spider FAT, Morris CDSW FAT, Indian Pattern Wheeled Carrier (any Mark, even NZ LPOP), Dodge D8 T212, Maudslay Militant 6ton 4x2, Dennis Max 6 ton (either Mark), Foden DG 4 or 6, Leyland Hippo Mk 1, Guy Lizard ACV, .... I could go on! I'd love to see any of them in the flesh. Chris
  10. Hi Clive. Sorry, but the only pics I can find are these three of Bedford RLs with apple green supposedly fireproof canopies with raised tops so petrol would fall off. Only black and white too, but you can see the difference in reflectance between the DBG and the brown. Despite being the Unit Press Officer, I had other things on my mind and didn't take many pics at that time. The pics were also cropped (manually) for publication, probably in Tankette, so are not exactly first class! Chris
  11. Very interesting article. I would add that in 1969, in Belfast (well, Palace Barracks Holywood to be precise) our Pigs and our softskins were painted in gloss DBG with a matt mid brown disruptive. My models have attracted comment rather like your Shorland, but photographs prove my point even in black and white. Chris
  12. Hi Baltik The numbers you quoted from your Landrover included the letters BGS. The (West) German Bundesgrenzschutz used landrovers - many made under licence by Tempo. I was not aware that they used such modern(ish) models as yours, but perhaps this was a model proposed by LR for the BGS, which would explain the German labelling; perhaps the germans then decided not to order them and used something home grown instead, Funny colour for BGS though. Chris
  13. No argument about the Valentine tanks, but the softskins are interesting. I think the truck towing the 3.7AA is a Leyland Terrier - much rarer than the Retriever, and used for towing AA guns (though more often the 3inch) . The searchlight truck behind it is the special searchlight bodied Retriever - nice to see what the inside looked like. The 15cwt towing the 2 pounder is the portee version of the CS8 - apparently designed with the French 25mm gun in mind rather than the 2 pounder, but higher than the normal to allow more room to handle the gun. Humber Mk 1 armoured cars too, earlier in the film
  14. The WW1 4.5 howitzer was a short barrelled weapon. It was also (converted to run on pneumatic tyres) used at the beginning of WW2. The later 4.5 gun was very similar to the better known 5.5 gun; same carriage but the 4.5 had a longer barrel (and obviously a smaller bore). It did not remain in service long as the shell was apparently not impressive in effect. Chris
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