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About Shakey985

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    Staff Sergeant
  • Birthday 09/01/1956

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    Glenrowan Australia
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    History/ restoration
  1. My first thought is TLC M548 Tracked load carrier but the catches arn't right.
  2. The M113 was not crewed by Australian Infantry, but by members of the Royal Australian Armoured Corp. Starting With 1 Troop, A Squadron 4/19 Prince of Wales Light horse Regiment (1965). 1 APC squadron 1966 which became A Squadron 3 Cavalry Regiment in 1967. This unit remained until 1971. As a foot note the same vehicles and unit also served in East Temor.
  3. One of the bigest problems to overcome is the officer mentality, of the time and even now Tanks are a waste of time to many as thay cant hold ground. After 21 years experance in Australian Armoured Corp, the number of times that higher command of infantry origan have left Armoured out of the battle, or given it a secondary task it is incrediball. Not so long ago we in Australia were not going to replace our MBTs. So during WW2 it would of been a long hard road for the Corp to sell the higher athoritys the idea of biger and better tanks.
  4. Yes I have seen this before, it is amazing. There might be a vidio clip some were as well.
  5. weres timeteam when you nead them?
  6. This poses an intresting question. What was the first tank and were was it developed? who designed the first tank (or what later was developed into what we now call a tank)?. So what are we celebrating? 100 years since?
  7. Centurion 169091 is one of only two Australian Centurions currently in existence that retains the full range in theatre modifications undertaken in South Vietnam. Originally, 169091 was a Centurion Mk 5 ordered by the Australian Army in 1954, part of a larger order for 51 Centurions. It was manufactured by the Royal Ordnance Factory, Leeds, under the United Kingdom contract 6/FV/12738 and received the British Equipment Registration Marking 99BA95. On receipt it was placed in storage. Late in the first quarter of 1960, 169091 entered service with 1st Armoured Regiment and was still at the regiment in 1962. During the vehicle wireless replacement program in the early 1960s it was configured as a control tank, with two C42 and one B47 radios, indicating that it served with either regimental headquarters or one of the squadron headquarters. At some point between 1964 and 1969 it went through the tank rebuild program at 4 Base Workshops, Bandianna and was uparmoured to Centurion Mk 5/1 status. It also received the 100 gallon long range fuel tank, .50 cal ranging machine gun and was prepared to receive the infra red kit. During November 1969 the vehicle was dispatched to South Vietnam where it was taken onto the account of 1st Forward Delivery Troop in December. It remained there for 10 months during which time it had the infra red kit installed, along with other in theatre modifications including the removal of the smoke dischargers and new Vietnam specific mudguards made from ½ inch plate. In October 1970, 169091 replaced 169089 in Squadron Headquarters (SHQ) Troop, A Squadron, being allocated the call sign OD (Zero-Delta). It remained with A Squadron for only a short time, transferring to C Squadron on 17 December 1970, retaining call sign OD. While nominally an SHQ Troop vehicle, 169091 operated for most of its tour as part of a tank troop. ,In January 1971, C Squadron formed a fifth tank by combining SHQ tanks and the Special Equipment Troop tank 'dozer. Centurion 169091 became the troop leader's vehicle with the call sign 5. Early in August 1971, 5 Troop became the sole remaining operational tank troop in South Vietnam. The troop itself was withdrawn some two weeks later. All the squadron vehicles went through a very thorough wash program when they came in from the field. On 9 September 1971, two days after the last 5 Troop vehicles had finished being washed, C Squadron participated in a farewell parade at Nui Dat. The last tanks were then transported to Vung Tau where they went through another cleaning process before being shipped back to Australia. On return to Australia it did not enter the tank rebuild programme, but was placed in storage still retaining its Vietnam modifications. It was lucky not to end up as a hard target on Puckapunyal tank range and was sold to Mr Tim Vibert of Empire Trading as part of a tender for 110 Centurions in the mid 1980s.
  8. Thanks for that with family having to evacuate from their home and still not noing the damage it is harting to no that this small world is watching. Even down here we havent stoped having rain and tropical weather ie humidity, every thong is damp. We are not happy campers at the moment but the drought is OVER.
  9. The new contract has been finalised and these vehicles will be all replaced by 2012?, so the old vehicles will be disposed of some time in the next 2 years if there are no cut backs to the proqurment budget.
  10. Here is one you might be intrested in from appoloduck Commercial > Landing Craft Bookmark this advert in My Apollo Duck LCM From Saving Private Ryan PA30-11 View Full Size Image Imagine re-enacting the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan ; now you can have the chance by picturing yourself sitting in Tom Hanks position in the PA30-11 and controlling your very own piece of Hollywood memorabilia. This beast of a boat boasting twin marine Foden diesel engines is excellent for transportation as it can hold up to 46 men and one jeep or if for domestic use a 4 ton digger. As well as being highly maneuverable it will reach an impressive 9 - 12 knots as it glides over the Atlantic waves. After staring in the movie which was filmed off the Irish coast it was then restored and used in the West of Ireland to transport machinery and materials to a deserted island. Regarding To Enquires: The craft is of timber construction with steel cladding. It is easily transported by road on a flat bed trailer. Please contact us for further information 180 bhp each engine 2 stroke (equivalent 720 bhp 4 stroke) Vessel Type: Landing Craft (LCM) Length Overall: 12.1m Beam: 9' 1" Engine(s): 2 x Diesel - Shaft drive. Hull Material: Wood Status: Available Price: GBP 26,000 | AUD $46,027.83 Approximate Australian Dollar Equivalent Location: Waringstown Down UK Click Here To Contact The Advertiser This is a free Apollo Duck® photo advert! Click here to place your own. Advert ID: 142080 (Private Advertiser) Posted: 2010-03-30 20:13:41 BST
  11. I wish someone would do the same for the Puckapunyal Tank Musuem
  12. Well I ordered the plans, so I will have to wait and see what I get in reply, but you might see a Landing craft Assault at Corowa and crusing the Murray River.
  13. Hi Richard Yes the top photo was from Vietnam and in my latest post one from on the Pucka Range. As part of running the Sugarloaf Creek Hotel sort of legaly? we formed The Sugarloaf Creek Angling Club (Angling has 2 Meanings). Some of the member are boating down the murray in legs, starting from Yarrawonga all the way to the sea. The part I was ment to do was from Toolybuc to Mildura 430k. This photo is at the Bitch and Pups as you can see there wasent much water. This next one is of a short cut in the river The boat I was on had to pull out at Boundry bend due to lack of oil in one cilinder and grabing. We past one wreck with only the steel ribs rusting in the water, how thay navigated this river and towed barges is amazing.
  14. My part of her is small, she is owned by the First Armoured Regiment Association of which I am a member ( only some of the members donated for her). She is a veteren of vietnam or part of her is the over part is kiwi. When I have done a D&S course on her I can have a drive. We had a visitor from your neck of the woods the other day and he told us that Bovington didnt have a running Cent ie 3 ways fit? which I find hard to belive concidering thay were the most prolific tank built just post WW2 and into the late 70s.
  15. Well I am now a part owner in a tank (a small part). This is were I was for my holiday crusing the Murray river or part there of, if your into old padle steamers and white water boating then its the place to go. This is our new tank returning home to Puckapunyal, the last time she was here would of been in the 70s. She was aquired by one of our old COs who had her on his farm, she is 3 ways fit ie radio, D&S and gunnery. Her last crewcommander (while in service) lives up the road. She is not part of the Museum collection but is housed there, we hope to get her out on the range atleast once a month. I missed Corowa this year as the Museum had other commitments but next year I hope to attend.
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