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Close up of two of the photos and one more of the water and petrol dump. That`s the lot.

  I do have other negs and photos but do not think they could be taken in Libya. just found out there taken in Egypt in 1955 post war.

           Keith

air port military Libya 1950s close up 1.jpg

bedford rl  f and s p 2 close up photo.jpg

Sabha water petrol dump Libya photo.jpg

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Farewell to you Lords, Ladies, noble friends and those few of less than honourable intent, for the grains of Tripolitanian sands have ebbed from the timer of patience and tolerance, some grains seemingly misappropriated and becoming tainted, so I regret the best thing to do with regard to this thread which I love, is to turn it over to you to populate with your photos and interesting content. I shall perhaps look in from time to time as an outsider and provide, if I'm able, some history to what you've added.

You can find me on LI and through my company website if you wish to connect. The quest to publish the Tripolitania book(s) continues unabated and I'm pleased to inform you that I've just received around 260 new and previously unseen photos featuring The Bays, 6RTR and 219 Tripolitania Royal Signals Squadron from Veterans who were there. Nearing 3,000 photos and slides now.

Thank you for your participation, generousity and support.

Kindest Regards,

Lizzie Taylor

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That will be a big loss,I have loved seeing the pictures and your views

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Farewell to you Lords, Ladies, noble friends and those few of less than honourable intent, for the grains of Tripolitanian sands have ebbed from the timer of patience and tolerance, some grains seemingly misappropriated and becoming tainted, so I regret the best thing to do with regard to this thread which I love, is to turn it over to you to populate with your photos and interesting content. I shall perhaps look in from time to time as an outsider and provide, if I'm able, some history to what you've added.

Very sad to see this, Ive loved the discussions and insights this thread has provided. Please BlueBelle keep us up to date with the progress of your book.

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it is very sad that lizzie had to take this action due to the actions of a few

and we as a forum are  poorer for it

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36 minutes ago, wally dugan said:

it is very sad that lizzie had to take this action due to the actions of a few

and we as a forum are  poorer for it

I agree with Wally, this does happen a lot. A few of my photos have been used as well, on this and other forums without saying who the owner was of the originals.

 I hope Lizzie all the Best with her book.

 Keith

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Lizzie,

 

I am sorry to see you go and would ask you to reconsider.  Yours has been a most fascinating, informative and lively thread which enjoyed a good following.

I'm afraid one of the downsides of the internet is the ease with which photographs, music and much more can "leak" from its origins and appear elsewhere with no credit to the originator,  but we all know that anything we put on the web is in the public domain, for better or worse, and it will be there long after we are gone and no longer matter - but, in this case, these photographs will have been your contribution to greater knowledge for us now and for those who come after us.

But, annoying for you though it is, I'm sure you agree that, in historical terms, it is better that these photographs are out there "in the wild" than locked in a dusty drawer to be thrown out by unaware or uninterested relatives after the aged owner dies.   

Keep back those you want to use in your book, of course, but, don't regret the spread of those you have posted - you have the satisfaction of knowing where they came from, while members of the Champ fraternity (I'm not one, by the way), will have gained enormous pleasure from them as well and I am sure there are many other places where your photos are appearing and being enjoyed - places we've probably never even heard of!

As you have said, you enjoy this thread, it won't work without your contribution, so get back in the saddle and keep this thread going, which is, after all, at the very core of Historic Military Vehicles.

And, yes, I am sure I shall buy a copy of your book in due course!

10 68

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Ditto the above sentiments, though not a regular contributor always an avid follower! I will miss your insight.

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Lizze,

I will miss your photographs and insight into service life in Libya, I wish you luck with your book and please let us all know when it is published. I will definiteley buy a copy

Richard

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On 20/12/2017 at 6:09 AM, snort said:

That will be a big loss,I have loved seeing the pictures and your views

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Lizzie,

As an ex Libya hand, civi not military, I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts, they have quite taken me back to happy days wandering around the desert. And of course we all want to see photo of our vehicles actually in use in the real world.

 

Gordon

Ferret Mk1

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I'm also sorry to see you go.  Although I wasn't able to contribute much  I always looked forward to the new posts, both for the pictures and for the information that accompanied them.  It is rare to find such a great range of in photos of in-service vehicles from 50s and 60s .  I shall look out for your book. 

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I am mainly into WW2 but loved to see the postings in this thread. Thanks for sharing!

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Hi Lizzie

Great to see the Tripoli badge/logo again after all this time! I used to have several of these lying around but they have now all disappeared.

Perhaps I should start by explaining our role in the RAPC at the District Pay Office. Prinn Barracks,Tripoli and my small part in this.

The Office was formed to take care of Pay and Allowances of the British Army serving in the Middle East making sure that all received their proper entitlements . I think there were around 30 Other Ranks working there and these were mainly Nat. Service conscripts with approx 6 Regulars. We had an Office Commanding (lt.Col Skeates).a Major (Griffiths), W O 1 (Offord) and a couple of Sergeants.. My job was that of a Postman which involved collection and delivery of mail around the Tripoli area and despatch of mail to various bases around the Middle East. I had the use of a civilian driver along with use of transport, usually a Land Rover,Standard Vanguard Car, Wilys Jeep, Austin Champ or whatever small transport was available. That completes my knowledge of Military vehicles so any enthusiasts can stop reading now!

The Barracks at Prinn were pretty basic and perhaps typical of British Barracks generally. I think they were built by the Italians at the time when it was an Italian Colony. There were some married quarters for Regulars on the base and we had a Food Hall, Naafi, a Tailor and Hairdresser along with a large Dhobi Tent . There was a transport Unit based there (do not remember Unit) along with a Military Police Unit. So there were always all types of vehicles around.. The camp certainly bore no resemblance to the nearby American Air Force Base at Wheelus Field which was like another world in comparison!

My memories of the area have become a little hazy as it is about 60 years since I was there but I'll let you know what I can recall of the various barracks.

Almost daily I had to collect mail from the RAF base at Idris Airport which at the time was the  only  Airport serving Tripoli for military and civilian flights.  On the way back towards Tripoli centre we would pass on the left the large British Military Hospital which was operated by QARANC's . Approx 2/3 miles before Tripoli Centre we would take a right towards Prinn Barracks (I do not know the name of this road).  On the left hand side of this road we would pass what I believe was the REME workshops and after this. again on the left came the Military Corrective Establishment (M,C,E) which was quite a large Camp. Eventually coming to Prinn barracks on the right hand side set back.

The MCE was run by the "Redcaps" and was a scary place to visit and I was always glad that I was only a visitor and not an inmate! Some years later I saw a film called "The Hill" which starred Sean Connery and I' m sure the film was based on this MCE.

You will know how hot it could be in Libya and I felt for the inmates as they were marched everywhere "on the double" usually carrying buckets of water for no apparent reason..

More to come in due course. I will post some photos when i have sorted out how to do this on the website!.

regards

roy

 

 

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