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  1. Anyone got any photographs of the CWW boots (Korean War era)? I'm especially interested in the soles and how the commando soles are screwed on. Before and after shots of soles would be fantastic and a quick shot of the uppers.
  2. Thanks MatchFuzee, exactly what I needed to see...although I must confess I wasn't expecting to see standard slot head screws. Don't know what I expected but it wasn't that!
  3. Thanks Chris, I was pretty sure someone has posted pics of them before but they seem to have been lost in the great Photophuket hissy fit!
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    Unusual winching ground anchor.

    These ground anchors were used quite a lot in Bridging operations with the RE, they are indeed WWII and immediate post-war. Interestingly enough Bassett-Lowke reproduced these in 1/6th scale as part of the Bailey Bridge training models that were made between 1944 - 1962
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    Here ya go, all you need now is a readers ticket... http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2193043
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    Well I can't say either way. What I do know is that when the RAC finally got a good look at the Morris LRC they were not too impressed with it for the Armoured Recce role and, following some recommendations for some slight uparmouring in the floor area (for mines), they passed the entire fleet over to both the RAF and the RE. From my own research into the RE it seems that they liked it a lot and did use it for site recce work. Whenever you see them in the NW Europe photo record they are almost exclusively in the use of RE. The RAF seems to have utilised them as armoured cars for perimeter patrols at airfields, this 'Stlll' is the only one I've ever seen of a Yellow Morris in the RAF role and it's possible that it was used as you say, but I always thought the Crash Tenders were a different colour and only Follow-me vehicles were Yellow, but then the RAF is not my area. I suppose somewhere in TNA there is a file with all the answers!
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    I knew I saw it somewhere and whilst I thought it looked like a still I had no idea of where ti came from until now, so thanks for that. The Documentary is on Youtube...
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    Found it, but now questioning the date. Maybe post-war?
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    RAF Airfield Follow Me Vehicles in WW2 ?

    I'm pretty sure I've seen a Morris LRC painted yellow and used as a Follow Me vehicle, by the RAF, during the War. I was collating references for the LRC a few years back so I may have saved the photo, let me have a spin through my NAS and see if I can turn it up. EDIT: Just had a spin through the NAS and can't turn it up. Have found a few pics of the LRC in use by the RAF but not that specific photo...beginning to doubt myself now! If I turn it up I'll post it.
  10. Has anyone got a copy of "Royal Engineers Vocabulary of Stores, Group 4, Section 5, Sub-Section 4" which covers bridging and was published in early 1950's? Not necessarily looking to buy it, just want information from it and maybe a couple of digital photographs of relevant pages? It's not to be found in NAM: RE Museum / Library; IWM, or Kew. Have a query in with TICRE but thought I'd try here also, just on the off-chance. Anyone at all? Pete
  11. Just turned up an email address for the Army Historical Branch, thanks for that RAFMT, sometimes it just needs a different set of eyes! I've now fired off an email to thm asking if there is a complete repository of old WO publications and where I can access them. Let's see what happens!
  12. Can't believe, that in a society of red meat eaters, someone actually posted a link direct to the bleating heart of the Guardian 😖 😉
  13. Interesting comment this, in as much as I actually rang the MOD main switchboard number this morning and asked if they could put me through to the MOD's Librarian/Archivist. I was asked which Base, to which I replied Whitehall. Only to be told , we have no listing for that. Common Sense tells that the MOD, at Whitehall, should have a reference Library/ Archivist but as there's no mention of this on their website and the receptionist didn't seem to know of one either then how is one supposed to get through to them. I suppose the opacity of 'Open Government' is neither as contradictory, nor surprising, as it sounds! Just off now to put "MOD Reference Library" into Google to see what happens...! Failing that does anyone have any contact details for the reference library! EDIT: As suspected it turns up next to nothing, in fact Google returns only one, truncated, page of hits. .....and whilst the last entry on this page looks intriguing I think I shall have to give it a miss as it sounds too much like the typical Russian Hacker Honey-trap.
  14. Just received a note from the Australian National Archives, who do not have a copy either, but they've been able to give me the WO Number for it, WO 6386.
  15. Thanks for that, will certainly give it a try. I guess this is the voice of experience talking... Ever tried getting information out of NAM...like getting blood from a stone. Don't answer the phone and never, ever reply to emails!
  16. I doubt they'd still be in use by the 90's. REVoS replaced VAOS and was in turn replaced, eventually, by CREM and then we went all Ladidah-NATO.
  17. I'm afraid not, can try hunting for it though!
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    Despatch Rider MT 360

    Try this .... http://www.onesixth.co.uk/vb4forum/showthread.php?286-WWII-British-Don-R-Despatch-Rider EDIT: Apologies, WWII Fixated, saw DR and my mind went back. Obviously you're looking for something more modern, doh!
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    Morris LRC MK2

    Pretty much all the LRC's were shoved over to the RE late in the war because the RAC were not impressed with the armour on them. They did produce a few recommendations for up-armouring them, a wee bit, but refused to use any themselves. The RE seem to have loved them and they were used, like the WSC's, in the reconnaissance role and as a general runaround. Some were also passed on to the RAF and I've seen a photograph, somewhere, of at least one being used as a 'Follow-Me' vehicle on an airfield somewhere in the UK
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    Spotted today....

    I think you've proably hit the nail on the head there. So, I've seen the Chinooks and the Apaches, the Lanc, Spit and Hurri should be over soon and then I won't have to go to London next weekend!
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    Spotted today....

    I'd forgotten that I said I'd post a pic until about 40 mins ago when I was sitting in the Kitchen and a fleet of Apache's went over my rear garden at tree top height! Can't say for certain how many there were, because I'm surrounded by trees here so once they'd past by I could only hear them (bloody loud too). But I counted at least four at the last and guess there must have been six to eight in total! Didn't have a camera either but sitting here with Camera at the ready in case they decide to come back; not ashamed to say that, even though I'm closer to 60 than I care to admit, I was still jumping round the garden and waving like crazy at them. Anyway, here are the Chinooks from a few days ago. Not the best of pics but we were driving at the time and my wife just had time to pull over, dig out her camera and grab a couple of quick shots as they disappeared into the distance! I'm sure there was 12 in total, although this only shows 9, and there was also another copter flying flank on this lot but it too is out of shot! If the Apache's come back I have the camera at my elbow :-)
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    Spotted today....

    Yesterday in Oxfordshire, about 12 Chinooks in formation flying over (didn't know we had that many operational, must have finally sorted Fadec). Got a piccie too but it's on the Wife's camera. Will get it off her tomorrow and post it up!
  23. Hi All, I originally started this thread as a means of confirming some dims for the QF 75mm tube but as I get further into my quest I find I need slightly more than I started with and so it occurs to me that this thread has the potential to turn into a useful aid to anyone who might need to mock up a QF 75mm, or parts thereoff, as a stop gap for some missing parts on a resto. So, initially I've tired to pin down the measurements of the the tube, followed by a Cromwell Mantlet, then the Breech Ring and Breech block, and hopefully finish up with something on the cradle and anything else that comes to mind. I've got a quick question re the 75mm on a Cromwell. In the drawing below I've marked various parts of the barrel and what I'm mostly interested in is the bevelled segment marked "B". From what I can tell the aperture in the Cromwell Mantlet that takes the 75mm is also bevelled at the rear of the Mantlet, is that correct? I so I presume that this is to take the bevel on segment "B". The next question is how far into the Mantlet does this bevel go, all the way so that the front face of "B" is then flush with the front of the Mantlet or does it only go part of the way into the Mantlet with segment "C" keeping the gun running true from the front of the aperture? Finally, can anyone provide dimensions for A - E? Thanks in advance chaps!
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    Q. Re QF 75mm on Cromwell

    Drawing No.4, Breech Ring, Top View F = 46 mm G = 39 mm H = 35 mm P = 58 mm Q = R = 255 mm T = 95 mm U = 127 mm V = 114 mm Y2 = Y3 = Z1 = Z2 = RA = RC = RD =
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    Q. Re QF 75mm on Cromwell

    Drawing No. 3, Breech Ring, Right-Side Profile RA = w x d ? RB = w ? RC = h x l x d ? RD = h x l x d ? Bore-1a = how does it differ from right side