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Humber Pig, Saracen and Bofors L/70, and Land Rover in Malta

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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

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https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098903

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https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098877

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https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098900

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https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205098733

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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.

 

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What great photos. Did the reverse flow cooling on the Saracens work out there? I had heard that it didn't make much difference.

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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

 

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