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  1. There’s a picture which turned up on google search by a David Busfield on Flickr. The caption states - A British Army Saracen APC in the Wading Tank test facility at Chertsey 1954 A press photo of a 6x6 Alvis Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier going through the wading tank at the Fighting Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (FVRDE) Chertsey, Surrey in September 1954. Not quite what you said about the sea, but still, must have been interesting for the driver!
  2. I don’t think the Saracens were ever used seriously in Malta, but DERR deployed to Libya on training during their tour, and I’m sure I’ve seen pics of saracens there. Come to think of it, wasn’t there a thread started by a user who went by the name of Bluebelle, which had loads of pictures of saracens out in Libya. It could be that the same saracens used there are the ones seen in the pics I posted. I must have a trawl through that thread and see if there is an overlap. Bum. Just been on the Libya Tripolitania thread, and most of the pictures posted by bluebelle are gone. I’m sure there were a number of Saracens shown, with a possible tally with some of the numbers seen in the third picture in this thread. Not the DERR but same time period- https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098725
  3. Here is some info on chassis number locations - https://cj3b.info/SerialNos/SerialNosFrame.html I hope this helps. In my experience, the actual stampings on american vehicles are usually quite hard to find, as mentioned in the article. Am just wrapping up the recommissioning of a 1949 D30 Dodge Coronet, and the numbers were a devil to find. Luckily I was cleaning the chassis off anyway but until I had taken all the paint off, the numbers were totally invisible! By the way, it’s still a nice vehicle, and I hope you enjoy it!
  4. I just noticed that the Humber Pig was signed out to 1 DERR, as was the Land Rover in the last picture. They were the resident british battalion in 1963. Also, looking at the Humber Pig background, this was not at Takali, but most probably at St Patrick's barracks, where the "farmer's boys" were stationed.
  5. I was browsing through the IWM archives and stumbled upon these. Not many registration numbers visible, just one partial for a Humber ___K08, and Saracen 83BA31, __BA09, 82BA85, 82BA87 and Land Rover 04DM24 . Still, thought it might be of interest. The depot still exists, although in much modified form. Although captioned as Takali, the area is in Attard, 2 miles south of Takali. Anyone with a better zoom can possibly drag up some more Humber registrations https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733
  6. Close but no banana! 04DM62, courtesy of Ian Scottson on facebook page Series Military Landrovers In service pictures, Searchable by military reg
  7. Seems that Warner still produce this type of socket and cable: https://www.warnerelectric.com/products/brake-products/trailer-brakes/trailer-wheel-brakes
  8. From what I remember this is a Warner socket. It predates what is known as the Nato socket. If I’m not mistaken it dates back to the american ww2 system, and was continued in the UK and also in other nations where american equipment was in use. The Bofors 40/70 also had this style of lighting socket, as did towing vehicles such as the Land Rover and Austin champ, Bedford RL and probably anything which came into service in the 40s and 50s.
  9. Funny, I looked up the picture on getty images, and right before the info you put up, it says “16th March 1945:” https://www.gettyimages.ae/detail/news-photo/private-robert-oliver-of-the-us-army-trying-out-a-ransome-news-photo/3403389
  10. There is actually a book (I don’t have a copy, so just know what’s online about it) written by David Morris called ‘Royal Navy Search and Rescue’ published in 2015. It does seem to focus mainly on the ‘air’ part of ASR/ SAR from what I understand although it might give you a few pointers. https://www.historyextra.com/period/first-world-war/a-brief-history-of-royal-navy-search-rescue-1915-2015/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Navy-Search-Rescue-Celebration/dp/1445634635 One snippet gleaned from wikipedia is that immediately post war, some type 2 HSLs were transferred from the RAF to the navy, so the RAF might have some information on the Hong Kong based launches at the time of the transfer. I also found a write up (link below) about the author’s grandfather’s experiences in Hong Kong in the immediate post war period. Quite a read really, and there are a few mentions of an ASR boat involved in the recovery of bodies following an aircraft accident. Not directly related, I know, but quite well written, absorbing and thought provoking. https://gwulo.com/node/41256 Regards Martin
  11. According to the book RAF Air Sea Rescue 1918-1986, HSL 159 was based at Haifa harbour and covered Cyprus and Haifa. Page 114 refers. https://books.google.com.mt/books?id=uCPOAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=high+speed+launch+%22159%22&source=bl&ots=xT3eXcLLJi&sig=d078N0rm1hej9dwGQKDDXCmcbLk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiwtr-n-73fAhXWTBUIHbP3DQwQ6AEwEnoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=high%20speed%20launch%20%22159%22&f=false Hope this helps.
  12. I’m no Jeep expert but this advert from December last year states that it’s a 1946 Jeep. https://americana-for-sale.com/1946-willys-steve-mcqueen-jeep/
  13. Oh dear. Should’ve used spec savers. Dunno how I missed the original ‘poster’ post! I knew it couldn’t have been from 1940 due to the cannon fairings and exhaust ports on the Spitfire.
  14. Not a picture as such, but I turned this up on ebay- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/World-War-2-RAF-Health-and-Safety-Spitfire-Hurricane-Poster-A3-Reprint-/290688532514 Can anyone date this poster?
  15. Funnily enough, there is mention in the Foden 6x6 recovery opertaor's manual of a defence standard 25-6 with regards to towing and lifting equipment. At the moment, I can't find the relevant section on the manual so I can't say if it's relevant to the topic being discussed. (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/519228/DE_S_FOI2016_03001___Attachment-_Recovery_Vehicle_Wheeled_GS_6x6_Foden.pdf) and I can't locate def stan 25-6, other than to say that it was cancelled. I found another reference on page 38 of the DROPS/MMLC manual - Front and rear towing points 173. The front bumper incorporates a towing pin and jaw, the rear chassis cross member a towing pintle. Recovery eyes to DEF STAN 25-6/3 are fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle. Recovery eyes can only be used for suspend tows. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/519226/DE_S_FOI2016_03001___Attachment-_Truck_Load_Handling_DROPS_15_Tonne_8x6_LHD_MMLC.pdf
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