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  1. I'm convinced that a trip to 'the stores' actually involves rubbing a lamp to summon a genie with access to a seemingly inexhaustible supply of obscure 100+ year old lorry parts... 😂
  2. Apparently 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division was transferred to the recently reformed IX Corps in April 1941, but by November 1941 it had been sent to Northern Ireland. So, given the date the Valentine was introduced, I'd say the parade took place in either August, September or October 1941.
  3. The majority of the other vehicles are from 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division, by the looks of things.
  4. 11th Armoured Division, so it's 1941 onwards. First tank is a Valentine I, I believe - 2-man turret, 2pdr, co-ax Besa & no long-range fuel tank.
  5. The Graf Spees didn't have a hell of a lot of luck down in that neck of the woods in either world war...
  6. 'Desert Patrol Vehicle', I believe. Some info here (1985-2014 section): https://www.eliteukforces.info/special-air-service/mobility-troop/sas-land-rover/
  7. Making a first visit to the show on Monday - really looking forward to it 👍
  8. I'd hazard a guess that they're intended to hold a hub-cab in place - assuming that the wheel was originally designed to be used on a car. Kevin
  9. Hi, I have a copy of an RAF Historical Society Journal that has a series of articles about RFC & RAF bomb development, and the Type A trolley is briefly mentioned therein, as follows: Ancillary equipment The introduction of bigger and heavier bombs sparked parallel developments in the context of ancillary equipment, such as the tractors and trolleys needed to transport them and the hoists that were needed in order to load them, all of which had to be done safely, of course. Prior to 1942 the Type A bomb trolley was in general use, although its maximum load was a mere 500lb. By that time, however, two additional models had already been produced: the Type B, which was capable of carrying four 500 pounders, and the Type D, which was particularly associated with the Wellington, Lancaster and Halifax and could handle a 4,000 lb HC bomb. With the increase in size and weight of bombs the Type C trolley was introduced with a maximum load of 6,000 lbs and the Type F which could deal with 8,000 lbs. The design and construction of these various trolleys was pretty much the same and they could all be used to carry virtually any types of bombs, so long as their weight limits were not exceeded. It's available online at: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/default/raf-historical-society-journals.aspx (Journal 45, page 34 has the reference) HTH, Kevin
  10. Very 'Thunderbirds' - I like it!
  11. There was a Great Indian Peninsula Railway Volunteer Corps: https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Great_Indian_Peninsula_Railway_Regiment
  12. Hi, the lugs either side of the mantlet are also lifting points, allowing a three-point lift to keep the turret balanced & level when it was taken off - I found this photo on the 'net showing the process:
  13. Less than 10 years old & originally cost £1.5million each...
  14. I'm at a bit of a loss exactly how, if the limber carried 32 rounds, the back of the Quad managed to fit in three times as many, to be honest. This photo, showing the rear locker doors open, doesn't seem to show any ammo storage. https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/world-war-ii-quad-for-the-25-pounder-gun-and-limber-waggon-1323529a
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