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  1. I agree with Simon. It looks as though the 74 and the 6 are of different sizes and, given the length of service this vehicle will have seen, that is entirely reasonable - the Arm of Service sign would have been repainted a number of times over the years. 74 on red/blue background split horizontally would certainly fit - a divisional field regiment RA both during the war and afterwards - well into the 50s, if not later. 46 would give you a post-war inf div fd regt RA while a 126 would offer up a Corps med regt or Corps CS regt from 1959 /1962 respectively. I'm offering post-war options as they are most likely to be closest to the surface, and thus easiest to read and, of course, if the vehicle was rebuilt post-war as so many were, then it is likely that any earlier markings would be completely eradicated during the bodywork repreparation process.
  2. I wouldn't consider the Germans in 1940 France to be "owners".
  3. I don't think this is actually a captured vehicle as such. It looks to me as though it has been used as a static crane - for unloading canal barges of gravel, perhaps? The rear bogie isn't straight, there is a missing bogie - no sign of any controls in the cab and it is settled on bits of plank in addition to its jacks. Just a thought.
  4. Here's a photo of typical UK-based NT trailers of the period. These are from HQ 19 Inf Bde deploying through Hamburg in the autumn of 1983 for exercises with 2 Div. They have no markings at all and the black paint is added pretty much at the whim of the painter - very often simply avoiding the tricky bits! The camouflage nets and hessian covers are tied on top of the trailers. There seems a lot of camouflage because this formation used complete hessian covers for their vehicles - rolls stitched together with green string - with black lines painted on in a rough brick pattern. These were used in the place of camouflage nets when camouflaged close to buildings - usually the HQ would be located in a "gut" - a German farmstead. The nets were only used when deployed into woods and fields. And, of course, nets were universally augmented by black hessian strips around the lower half of vehicles covering wheels and bogies as well as over windscreens and windows.
  5. No, it isn't 2 AGRA. That formation had gone by then, disbanded finally in 1962. I did know which regiment it was, but I can't remember. Wally is correct with the other Formation sign - it is London District, but, again I can't remember which regiment - though an RA specialist could work it out
  6. Steve, Here are a couple of photos of Martians which I took when I was a boy - so about 1968-70, something like that. They are of two separate TA units: the first is an AD regiment - with Bofors 40/70 and the other was a regiment equipped with 5.5" howitzers. They aren't great as it was a very simple camera and an even simpler person behind it!
  7. It would becaue RMP vehicles in Berlin were usually gloss black as in the case of the photos above. I would expect the RAF Police ones to be gloss RAF blue.
  8. If you think that's bad, just think how many Wehrmacht vehicles were left behind at the end of the war!
  9. Undercover Covers do a lot of British military canvas tilts etc, both stock items and bespoke. I do not know, however, whether they have SCC2 canvas, but they're worth talking to. The quality of their stuff is reportedly absolutely excellent.
  10. Have a look at your online entry - on the DVLA site and see whether your vehicle is now marked as exempt from MoTs. Mine had been so within a couple of days of having submitted the form, even though the V5 took a couple more weeks to come back to me.
  11. Were you still at Cove the following year on the night of the general election when the Sgts' Mess burned down?
  12. Bridging cranes were a nightmare. Our troop had a couple of Mk5s and a couple of Hydra Huskies when I was in Germany. Both spent more time in 37 Rhine Workshops than on the vehicle park - safe load indicators and boom extension sensors - they'd work their way through the line in the workshop, get to the end and go straight back to the beginning again as something or other would be out of date. The other thing was the pressure test certificate for the damn servicing trailer - the one piece of kit in the troop which never worked once during my 2 years in the troop. Even the Leyland Martian got a bit of a run out. We built an EWBB Bailey bridge over the main road for the Army Air Corps day using two Hydra Huskies - probably along the same lines as you did at Guildford - and at around the same time. We'd got as far as we could short of actually placing the span across the road for which we were going to get the police to close it for an hour or so. Typical conversation ensued - crane op, MPF, tp comd etc "nah, we don't need to wait, it'll only take us 10 minutes" (it was already dark and there was no traffic). So we did - but it was a close-run thing. Both cranes were at their limit - warning buzzer switched off - watching to see neither tipped by keeping an eye on the tyres - if the "squash" started to go out of them and they began to bounce we'd stop... But, we did it! Drama over, but the thought of tipping a crane onto the road when we were bending the rules was a bit "half-a-crown-sixpence"!
  13. The navigator can't be up to much, then - Valencia is in Spain!
  14. Armoured regiments in a District would be numbered in the series 20 - 49 the Gunners 140 - 149 and the Sappers 160 - 169. HQ & odds & sods 10 - 19. During the latter half of the 70s, though, The Blues and Royals were in Detmold and the Life Guards were the armoured recce regiment for 16 Parachute Brigade, so may have been using 16/2. But they were based in Windsor (Combermere Bks) and would have been providing the mounted troops for public duties. At the same time they generally had a squadron away in Northern Ireland and, later Cyprus. So, I don't know whether either of the Household Cavalry regiments at that time bore LONDIST markings. Have a trawl through photos on line, you may find the evidence you're looking for.
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