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Mike C

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About Mike C

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    Colbert, Washington, USA
  • Interests
    Military history/technology research; writing.
  • Occupation
    Retired: formerly Head of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Aust
  1. That's interesting: the normal light or jungle scale regiment was 24 guns, made up of three Batteries of 8 guns - two of standard 25-pdrs and one of 25-pdr (Short), rather than 32 guns. Mike
  2. Thanks Rick Cove, for doing that for me. Mike
  3. Gents, Been a while since I posted on this forum. Can somebody with access to a 25-pdr (Short) please make a measurement for me? I'm interested to know the vertical height of the saddle from the lower edge where it meets the trail to the centre line of the gun trunnion. Inches or mm - I might live in the USA these days, but I can work in either/both forms of measurement! Thank you in anticipation. Mike
  4. There you are: said it all in the title! Can anyone please enlighten me as to an approximate date when the 'L' prefix (like 'Fuze, PD, L17A1') came into use in the British Army for equipment, ammunition, etc? Thanks Mike C
  5. Errrr, think I forgot to say that it was a HAR-1 Heavy Tipper, as I'm sure we all already know its a HAR-1! Mike C
  6. Hi, Your truck is an FWD HAR-1 taken on charge by the RAAF in August 1944, and disposed of by public sale by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission in August 1946. It has/should have chassis number 103736. Regards Mike C
  7. Thanks, Chris, I'd appreciate it very much. Mike C
  8. Gents, A query: there are/were two (at least) steel ammunition liners for .30cal ammunition: the (early) M1 and the (later/current) M19A1. The M1 went out of service in the late 1950s, and was replaced by the M19A1. My question is: what is the exact measurement of the exterior dimension of the M1 ammo liner without the lid/with lid open? I'm trying to find out the depth of the liner as it would fit into the ammunition box mounting on the side of a Mount, No.5 Mk.1, mounting an M1919A4 flex MG, before the modification for the M19A1 liner was fitted. Thanks: I'm sure someone out there has an example of this earlier liner and won't mind putting a ruler over it. Mike C
  9. Hey, Sam: ref the 'fuel tyres', better known as the 'Rolling Fluid Transporter', in Australia: see my previous post: only 2 imported in to Oz. Ref the RAAF roundels on the sides of the HAR-1: what was its RAAF regiostration number, please? Mike C
  10. Actually, it's called a 'Rolling Fluid Transporter' (ie not just for fuel), and two were trialled in Australia during the 1960s. They were not adopted for service. Designed to be towed behind a GS truck, either singly or as a 'trailer train'. See my article in Army Motors several years ago for details of the transporters and their Australian trials (including images). Interesting that one has survived. Desertman: what is the RAAF number of your HAR-1? I may have some details. Mike C
  11. The biggest users (ie had the majority) of FWD HAR-1 trucks in Australia were the RAAF's Airfield Construction Squadrons. They were configured as Dump trucks in Australia, and continued in use until the early to mid 1960s. Suggest you might like to look for the remains of a RAAF registration, and/or any sign that a hoist was fitted to the chassis, with control levers in the cab. Best of luck with the reno: long way to go, but it will be one of just a few when its finished. Mike C
  12. Thanks, Gordon, much appreciated. I have not accessed with the MLU forum at this stage, but trust Nigel will have ther US ordering glitch corrected shortly. Thanks Mike C
  13. Now Nigel Watson may be wondering why he's not getting too many sales of his third volume into the USA. The 'Roman Cart' ordering system on his site has a state selection button ... but no drop-down US state list. But if you bypass this entry, it pops up at the end and says to enter a valid state (which it won't let you do!) and you cannot continue with the order as a result. Can someone who has an email link to Mr Watson please let him know? I wish to order the volume, but ...... well, see above. Mike C Colbert WA, USA
  14. That would be Gary McKay's book 'In Good Company': possibly the best Australian veteran narrative of the experiences of an infantryman in South Vietnam. He has gone on to write many more books, but this one is clearly written 'from the heart' and is by far and away his best. The Infantry Tank Telephone cable was 'self retracting', so the length was restricted by the size of the box and cable retractor mechanism. To achieve a longer cable, a complete re-design with a larger 'box' and reel would have been necessary. It didn't happen. In most instances in South Vietnam, the water and moisture had detrimental effects on the connectors, shorting them out and cutting out the tank's I/C. For that reason, most were disconnected, usually where they joined the tank's intercom circuit in the driver's compartment. Note that the Inf Tank Telephone box is mounted sideways: a late variation to reduce the possibility of (1) water/dirt ingress from the tracks (thrown up by: the guards were shortened) and (2) combined with an additional steel screen and re-routing of the cable, to protect the cable between the box and the tank hull, in order to reduce the effects of mines. Paul is doing an outstanding job: I hope to see it in person in late October! Mike C
  15. Hi Paul, Didn't realise the original post was from you (duh!): should learn to read more closely. The Sight is made up of about 50 individual components, including the nuts, bolts washers that hold it together and to the turret roof: quite a work of art, but if all else fails..... Don't remember any crewmen I have interviewed ever commenting on using it, or how useful it was. Must ask! Mike C
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