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  1. Oh yes, 16th Signal Regiment it is! Good, Wally spot on, as usual, hurrah! Put 16th Signal Regiment in the machine and lots of results to show the patch as them...... though still not a photo to be found by me of a 16th Sigs Regt member wearing either versions of the patch. Do you know what, it's getting harder to see 'at a glance' on my machine, soldier photos in DPM combat suits.... it's all this uber-modern scruffy stuff. A far cry from smart KDs & BDs ....of 1 Inf Div, 25 Armd Bde, 10 Armd Div, MELF, Tripolitania District, Cyrenaica District, Malta & Libya Command. HaHa!
  2. Blue+White = Royal Signals, yes. But why 16 R.Sigs? Why 12 Armd Bde? How do you know? Looking at every permutation of web images for those two Formations, there are no Formation flashes that remotely match the one on your jacket. Hmm, where to next? I did think at one stage the patch photo was upside down, so twist and flip image this way and that, including the ones in the link (which didn't paste in as a proper live link.... apologies). One thing though, many units are now allowed their own 'private' non-higher formation approved regimental/squadron/troop patches to be attached to combat uni
  3. With a handle of BlueBelle..... think about it..... I can say beyond doubt that the colourful TRF (Tactical Recognition Flash) is that of REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) and, we're viewing correctly, the TRF left to right. The other patch is 'something' Royal Marine or Army Commando..... though what is perplexing is that it's an upsidedown dagger! I trawled the web and found no evidence of such a patch being available or worn, except a picture from a badge dealer of....the same upsidedown dagger patch but when opening up the shop, there's no such badge or reference to it, se
  4. Take a look here: https://www.nationalcoldwarexhibition.org/research/collections/saracen/ The photo they have has an army VRN but they don't say if they have the Saracen itself nor do they say what purpose it served. I would have thought it's for service in a terrorist-active environment ..... the vision blocks could be 'bullet' proof....ish.
  5. Thanks for the words John. I am now chilled but just need to say that my research is thoroughly accurate and professional and when I've posted FACTS from my research, that's exactly what they are unless I expressly say to the contrary and plead for assistance.... as I have done where it comes to say.... B vehicle types at which point you the experts on those matters graciously step in. Some ghibli eh?
  6. Oh look, I can see both the aircraft hangar at Sebha and the fort on top of the high mound in this, the bottom photo which is most cleverly composed.
  7. No, it's not your Ipad dear ltwbarmy, if you were to read the last few pages you'd understand why I've removed most of the photos. It saddened me to do so but their theft and reappearence elsewhere outside of this splendid forum left me no option. Sadly too, the experience deflated my eagerness to continue to invigorate this thread with more FACTS about the British Army in Tripolitania. Generally I've left it to others to add value to the thread but there's a point when I have to interject. I'll do so again now, for to counter a very misguided Kuno..... the FACTS are that the Toumo waterh
  8. Beg to differ. I am correct, it's a view of the hangar at Sebha in 1960.... taken from on high.... the fort at Sebha on the very high mound. The photos in Keith's series that I've been most fortunate to have been loaned for scanning were all taken by a Cyclops squadron 2RTR member as every photo depicts...... Cyclops. The locations of the series of photos depicts the two that Cyclops 'visited' early on in 1960...... Ex Starlight (they were umpires) at Tmimi (which my father went on), Cyrenaica and Ex Crescent Moon to the Fezzan -Toumo water hole in the Tibesti Mountains (which my father went o
  9. We are connected now ..... even though I'd not looked at this thread for 18 months! He has info, official docs and photos from me now. Happiness.
  10. Hello Len, I wonder if you had a big brother there same time as yourself? 22848487 Cpl Douglas Harold Lucas RASC 38 (MT) Coy RAMC? I have records for him, his wife and children born in Tripoli and baptised at Christ The King. I've messaged you privately but no response, perhaps you're not logging in to check for a response or that your settings are not selected to notify you by email that you've got a new message. It would be great to connect as I'd like to further my research on shifting Centurions around Tripolitania. One of your DTs tripped up the snake-bended Garian Pass carrying
  11. Here's another thing. Those two Sextons in the photos above are Mk2, not Mk1 in my book. Note the gun muzzle brake, the stowage boxes as part of the rear superstructure, the Canadian bogies and Canadian dry pin (CDP) tracks. All Mk2 features though it's possible that stowage boxes apart, some of those features may have been on some of the 125 Mk1s built and supplied to the British. Over 2,300 Mk2s were built though I'm not sure if all went to Britain. Portugal got some for sure, India and probably Pakistan too. A shame we can't see the front transmission covers or other frontal formation mark
  12. P Battery. Can you see the 'white' Gothic letter 'P' up front top side of superstructure? Pre-1952 VRNs unless the fuzz has affected my capabilty to interpret what I see. Facts so far. Various internet mumbo jumbo and contradictory 'stuff', even on 'official' sites is from where the following comes from. P Battery was part of 3RHA with 2Pdrs?, 3.7" guns? and most oddly, Sextons early 1940 up until early 1941 (when did the Sexton come into service, everyone asks? Mid-1943 I thought?) when the Battery was incorporated into 6RHA with, Sextons? ... India and Palestine? All articles trip over
  13. ☺️ BlueBelle ..... she watches! This is the most interesting thread for ....... Egypt! There, you thought I was going to say "ages". Great when stuff like this comes to light and gets posted here. Thanks.
  14. The NZ Army in Libya WW2 used a similar device, the 'Thermette'. Google and ye shall see. The British Army has never, to my knowledge of them in Libya, ever had anything so 'sophisticated' though I'd be very happy to be otherwise verifiably informed. Improvisation seemed to be the game even when other means of boiling a billy (mess tin too) were available; nominally any small-medium sized metal drum or box, sometimes intentionally perforated, was dug a little way into the sand and then half-filled with sand and petrol (too hot!) or vehicle/gun oil (just right) and, this was the BENGHAZI B
  15. I wonder where the other 40 are? These were worn in pairs. How have you arrived at your selling valuation, if you'd be so kind as to elucidate? For those who are badge collectors, not me. Thank you.
  16. Take a look here: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1727&context=tsaconf Dunlop. Neoprene rubber substitute. 'Camouflarge cloth' ....secret. Air Ministry Ballon Section built them, so did Shepperton Studios. Search Google widely and deeply and ye shall reap 'facts'. My interest is Force R, who whilst they were the masters of deception in WW2, were at some point brought back into play for the Cold War ...... certainly in Tripolitania in 1955 and as an overtly Royal Engineer unit were based in at least one regiment's base at one time (Homs, 3RHA) to utilise
  17. Where has sense and sensibility vapourised to? I'd love to go and see 'The British Cold War Museum' with lots of Lt Stone-coloured vehicles as exhibits too! Oh yes, the Cold War was part of the reason HM Armed Forces were in Libya, Malta, Gibraltar, Egypt and, er, a many other Near and Mid East places other than BAOR and the UK. RAF Idris, Tripoli was a dispersal airfield for the V-Bomber force, 22 Fd Engr regt RE openly built NBC defences in Tripolitania and, practiced for war against Soviet forces. At least one decoy airfield was built, inflatable decoy vehicles were deployed (though ho
  18. 79 Railway Sqn RCT & Wksp REME in the 70s also had them in BAOR as did the train crew and REME repair team of the British Berlin Military Train "The Berliner". Their versions switched to red and green light also, for obvious reasons, perhaps. The slot frame on the back of the lamp played a part in their usefulness. Manufacture by Chloride Bardic Ltd, once upon a time.
  19. Am I missing something here? Please can someone explain how a Ferret Mk1 gets to be a Ferret Mk2/5 having "never had a turret fitted'? I do like a good mystery. Without a turret, the Ferret is quite cute and would grace my drive quite suitably here in Calgary
  20. Hmm, I think I need to source a copy! Thank you for posting, John.
  21. Wecome to HMVF Roy! Always great to have 'someone who was there' join and of course, there's no better place to post your photos and memories than here at: http://hmvf.co.uk/topic/35098-libya-tripolitania-vehicles-barracks-1950s-to-1966/ Regards, Lizzie
  22. Just the ticket John, thank you! Look at those angled corner lockers! I can't see if the air cylinders are sat in 'cups' to prevent the cylinder bases from sliding. Do you see them in your book? Is the photo you've taken a photo of the book or a scan?
  23. FAB photos of the MRA1 'Dry air charging' (FV16103) Wally. I knew you'd be there! Thank you.
  24. Engine starters - Tanks and Planes? No. Balloons? No. fill an air barrage balloon or any balloon with air and ..... see it stay on the ground. Unless it's hot air of course. From CMV Autumn 2013 I have extracted the slightly re-written info below: 'The MRA1 'Dry air charging' (FV16103) was a conversion of the original cargo body by Strachans under contract 6/VEH/11579 for 29 vehicles. The body featured a Coventry Climax 4-cylinder engine driving a Reavell three-stage compressor mounted on a reinforced floor. The top edges of the front two body side panels and the forward bulkhead wer
  25. DUKW's, LVTs, Terrapins were there and I'm sure I've seen a photo on the web of a Seep-type thing. Spoilt for choice on what to take there! Except that perhaps some of those vehicle types are no longer resident in the UK? The hangers they used were on the site of RAF Morfa .... nip out of the camp, over the main railway lines onto the beach and into the water. Instead of a vehicle you could try to get one of the few types of aircraft (Queen Bees -radio controlled Tiger Moths and, Henleys ) that flew out of the airfield as target tugs for the AA 3.7" guns just a mile further north at Tonfanau
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