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  1. I've had the below poster since I was a kid in the 70's. I can't even recall where I got it from, but probably from cadet service. In the bottom left hand corner it's marked 12/61, so I'm guessing it's dated from 1961. I'm not particularly after selling it, but was wondering, purely out of interest, if these are now collectable, and, if so, what an approximate value would be ?
  2. It looks like it's a GEW (Gewehr) 98G (WW1), not a KAR (Karbine) 98K (WW 2) bayonet. The blade on the latter is 26cm long.
  3. Thought I'd show this Alvis FV brochure, which I recently dug out from the attic. I've owned it since at school in the 70's, where a fellow pupil / CCF member (whose name is still on the front !) gave it to me. I'm not sure how he came by it, although I think his dad was in the Army. Not only is it packed full with technical data, but the artwork is of its time, and quite attractive.
  4. I think you mean Karmann Ghia! The chassis was essentially the same as a Beetle chassis, but 185mm wider. These were then delivered to Karmann in Osnabruck (founded by Wilhelm Karmann), who built and fitted the Karmann Ghia bodies to them. You're right, of course, that this chassis was also utilised for the VW 181. As for the uniforms, they look like a repro Werhmacht officer's (epaulettes not clearly visible, so can't tell rank), and a repro Waffen SS brigadefuhrer, or above (collar patches not clearly visible); definitely no Bundeswehr items. They might have been rather less controversial, and certainly a lot more authentic, to have attired themselves in BW uniforms. Look like a pair of Walter Mitties as shown !
  5. I still have a few vehicle transfers from my time on CVR (W) whilst with 'Y' Sqn, QOY and 'A' Sqn, RY. Attached photo shows what I have. The RAC sign and NE Dist badge were both from 'Y' Sqn, but I can't ever recall then being applied to the vehicles. What we did apply were regimental transfers of the yellow QOY fox badge on a black rectangle. These were applied to either side of the hull just below the turret ring, and to the front of the II sight cowl. Alternatively, they were applied to either side of the turret (as per the photo below). I seem to recall that when I first joined in 1979 squadron symbols were normally stencilled to either side of the turret in red paint, and a squadron pennant attached to the antennae. The regimental transfers were then applied to the sides of the hull. This would have been late '70's / early '80's, but I think by then the practice of applying insignia was already on the way out. The 'A' (Royal Wilts Yeomanry) Sqn transfers were periodically applied to the front of the II sight cowl, but by the late '80's I seem to recall that no unit insignia were applied except the black NZ fern leaf stencilled onto the reverse of the R/O/S wing. Have attached a couple of pics; one showing the QOY parading in front of the Queen in CVR(w)'s during the inauguration of 2 Div in Imphal Bks , York about 1982. Note the transfers on the turret sides. The other pic is just a random Fox on exercise with no insignia shown.
  6. Commonly known as 'Tank bivvies'. Always used to smell of soil; oil; canvas and damp ! Don't know when they first came into service, but by the early '80's had Velcro fastenings.
  7. I'm pretty sure that they were issued to everyone, but rarely worn. I know that when I joined the TA in '78 they were issued to all members of my unit, but can never recall an occasion when the order of dress stipulated , 'cap, combat'. However I can recall the odd individual wearing them on exercise. I seem to recall that they were referred to disparagingly as Afrika Korps hats, and were often worn by recruits in the regular army prior to being 'awarded' their regimental beret.
  8. 11rjkg

    Red beret

    Maroon beret ! The RMP (Royal Military Police) wear red berets !
  9. I seem to recall that the nylon AFV crewman's coveralls were G10/98 issue, rather than personal issue, and certainly in the Yeomanry, were not particularly popular, and so rarely worn. I think you'll find that the nylon strap under the epaulettes was incorporated to assist with the extraction of wounded crewmen from an AFV.
  10. This is a bergan from the late 70's / early 80's. They predate PLCE and were contemporary with '58 pattern webbing shortly before the introduction of PLCE. No idea as to whether they have any value !
  11. Many thanks; that's interesting.
  12. I was going to post this in the 'Jersey, heavy duty' thread, but the jersey referred to is obviously not HD, so probably deserves its own thread. Anyway, I've attached some pics of a jersey which I procured from our CCF stores back in the late '70's. As can be seen, it's dated 1950, and I can't ever recall them having been issued (jerseys, HD, were standard issue by then), but seem to recall that I grabbed this one as they were being disposed of. Could anyone tell me whether these were general issue, maybe prior to the general introduction of jerseys HD ? If not, to whom were they issued ? Thx.
  13. Yes, the liner shown came with the parka. The parka fabric was /is of the windproof type and was great for drying quickly after getting wet (with the exception of the quilted hood).
  14. I've attached some photographs of my early DPM parka, which I purchased as Army surplus in about 1980 in order to try and fend off the worst of the cold whilst a CVR (W) Fox crewman with the TA. The totally inadequate kit issue of the time prompted most serving TA crewmen (I believe regulars too) to make private purchases, and I recall that Bundeswehr parkas; Barbour jackets and cut down old greatcoats were all popular items. Anyway, returning to the parka, it was a great piece of kit for AFV crewmen and was made of a windproof type material which, unusually, was printed with a very light coloured DPM reminiscent of the old tropical DPM kit. The attached photographs clearly show this print colouring.
  15. Hi, I'm Roger, and live in S Glos. I have an interest in military history and ( a not very technical !) interest in military vehicles. Although I don't posses any military vehicles I was formerly a CVR(W) Fox crewman between 1979-1992, firstly in 'Y' Sqn., QOY, and subsequently with 'A' (Royal Wilts Yeomanry) Sqn., RY.
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