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    Old and new British Lorries, BEF vehicles , Fire appliances, 1970's Brit Bikes.

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  1. ANNUAL CAMP 1957-activities and events of the 278th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery (T.A.) in the 1950s. https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/9353?search_term=camp 1957&search_join_type=AND&search_fuzzy=yes Bedford OY and MWD, Morris Quads, Scammell Explorers, Austin K9's, Matadors, Mack NM, Jeep, BSA etc
  2. Yes I have, I have read that the Scammell tank transporter was shipped out of France and served in the Western Desert campaign which I find quite remarkable given the panic at the time. I have put together a little collection of BEF photos on Flickr-
  3. Film of 278th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery (T.A.) in the 1950s. Still using lots of wartime gear including Albion FT15 N's with 25 pounders, https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/9352?search_term=278&search_join_type=AND&search_fuzzy=yes Stills Albion FT15, Carriers,BSA M20?,Albion FT15N, Commer Superpoise I ton radio van.
  4. Being going through a lot of old film archive websites and found quite a few interesting military vehicle ones- For starters a 1943 film about a garage in Cambridge on a very busy main road , that also is doing a lot of work on AEC Matadors , Morris Quads , CDSW etc link- http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/2044 still shots from film of Matador , anyone interpret the markings ?
  5. Afraid I can see the DVLA'S point, if anyone could claim a reg. no. with little evidence what would be the result. When rules were easier and low reg.no.s became valuable much skullduggery was done. One of my workmates had a lucrative sideline dragging then almost worthless S1 Land Rover wrecks out of hedges with low numbers , putting their id plate/reg. number on to his good one and getting it MOT'ed so he could sell the number on.
  6. Yes I am very interested in BEF vehicles and apart from the Valentine's this could be a BEF column.! Seeing the interior of the artillery and search light 6x4's is interesting.
  7. Yes I was looking for the Scammells ! So given the vehicle mix anyone hazard a date ? To me there appears to be no vehicle that was made after the Valentine ( July 1941 ) so I would guess late 41 or 42 .
  8. Yes I knew they were not Tetrarchs. There are also some Humber armoured cars and some American 4x2 trucks maybe ex French Contract.
  9. Thanks most of the trucks have a 39/40 look about them in film but I thought these tanks looked a bit later. Link to film - http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/mary-princess-royal-countess-harewood-attends-war-days-parade-newcastle
  10. I'm trying to put a date on an old film on the net and wondered what this tank is and when was it in service? Film says c.1940 Thanks
  11. The singles look much better IMHO .
  12. I suppose the very early OY's will be quite rare as the vast majority were left in France after Dunkirk. I have seen hundreds of 'Soldiers Photos ' of abandoned OY's in France and the majority seem to be on single tyres , does anyone know when they swapped from Twin Rears to big singles ? Couple of IWM pics here of early twin rears one at a French port dated 28/01/40.
  13. Fair comment , perhaps the question should have been why no locking diffs on 4x2's? Would this have been a simple addition in WW2 ?
  14. I wonder why these were not used on British 4x2 vehicles in WW2 , thinking particularly of the many 15cwt 4x2s that were used in combat roles . Expense ? technology? Reliability ? Had modern vans with LSD and it transforms them off road.
  15. I worked with an ex RAF fireman who drove Alvis 6x6 fire crash trucks and in service they had a pile of sleepers near the fire station which they drove over to unwind their Salamanders ( not a euphemism😊). This was part of their routine.
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