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  1. From looking through my collection of photos, I would say that the application of the Union Jack sticker on BAOR vehicles was the rule, rather than the exception and this seems to hold true throoughout the entire history of BAOR. Of course, UK-based, BAOR reinforcement units which exercised in Germany, but which were not based there, such as 19 Inf Bde, or 2 Inf Div, did not carry them. Some UK-based units - AMF(L) for example did as they deployed with international formations. But, like every other rule in the Army, it was frequently broken I am sure, not least because the stickers themselves didn't last forever and there would have been times when they were 'dues out' so unable to be applied. Regarding the bridging circles, the story isn't as clear and it is harder to verify as, with a B/W photo it isn't possible to tell whether the circle is yellow or grey, or possibly, matt olive. However, there are plenty of colour photos showing grey ones in use on matt green or green/black base colours. You are certainly right that, by the 90s the convention of applying them had morphed, through 'body colour' to nothing at all. And, of course, in many cases, the circle was painted on, but not the classification. As you will see from the photo below of an Antar of 16 Tk Tptr Regt, even the yellow circles sometimes appeared on matt green/black - which, according to the rules, should never have done so. There are a few colour photo examples below which may be of interest, including a grey bridging circle on an Allis. The 2" high numbers you mention are the dying remnants of the old AOS signs when the unit type number was on the AOS flash. The flashes went but, for a time, the numbers remained: below is an example on an Iserlohn Terex: 3/76 - 3 for 3 Div, 76 for the engineer regiment.
  2. Yes, that is truly horrible. Nice rubies, though!
  3. This is the only photo I can find in my collection of a Land Rover Lightweight in factory paint. Clearly, it has been taken from storage in an ordnance depot (Ashchurch?) and given to SARO of Gloucester (I think) to convert to 'bog frog' for the Falkland Islands (so this has to be late 82 at the earliest). The stencilling is still on the windscreen from its time in storage and the paint is standard Land Rover IRR 'NATO' green. (Obviously the modifications have been touched-up to match the rest). But, note, the galv is unpainted.
  4. My own recollections of Land Rover deliveries (also to an RE unit in the 70s) was this: When I arrived at Waterbeach in 1977 existing Land Rovers were all in bronze green. Galv bits were unpainted. Because we were an Airfields regiment, many of the vehicles had a locally-applied yellow band right round them, but that is a digression. My squadron was in NI in late 77. Before we went we were issued GRP armour kits to fit to our Land Rovers. These were in matt 'NATO' green, some panels having black camouflage, but the panels were all mixed. Consequently the whole vehicle was painted overall matt 'NATO' green to tidy it up. This, of course, included the bronze green areas of the vehicle where there was no armour. When we returned in 78 the kits were removed and the vehicles now looked really dreadful as, where the armour had been, they were still DBG and where it hadn't, matt 'NATO' green. So they were all repainted in matt 'NATO' green and matt black camouflage stripes were added. This also saw the end of formation and AOS signs - which 12 Engineer Brigade had hung onto until then. Repainting was done with both brushes and sprays - the standard wasn't particularly high and preparation not great, so there was quite a bit of peeling as time went by. It was done within squadrons, the vehicles weren't sent away to workshops for painting. Shortly after that, maybe late 78 or, certainly in 1979, I saw the first Land Rovers issued brand new in IRR matt green. Again, galv bits weren't painted, nor were some of the rivets, so it is clear that Land Rover used pre-painted panels in construction - the whole vehicle itself not being painted on completion. This recollection ties in with my own 1979 Land Rover Lightweight which was supplied in IRR green. I don't believe any Land Rovers received additional paint at ordnance depots prior to delivery to units. I think that is also true of other types of vehicle - Bedfords, for example, always arrived in units in manufacturers' paint finishes. During the DBG days some units hand-painted the galv bits - particularly bumpers. And, of course, in those days vehicles were kept in considerably better state than they were later on, so unit repainting was commonplace once any signs of shabbiness appeared. I know when I was in Iserlohn, (early 80s), my squadron spent a great deal of time repainting vehicles after the autumn exercises to get them up to scratch for PRE inspections. Again, this was done within the squadron and was both spray and brush applied. I do remember grey bridging circles from Iserlohn days - again, unit applied. I don't remember there being any requirement to remove them as policy, just that Land Rover stopped adding them to new vehicles (but, as REME occasionally had reason to swap over a grille, it was perfectly possible to find late-issue Land Rovers with bridging circles). But, there were few hard-and-fast rules, despite what EMERs etc might dictate: much was down to the unit commander and his own ideas of what constituted smartness. RA units, in particular, were always much smarter than, say RE who were a bit 'cabby' about this sort of thing. And, of course, some units were very careful with the application of the balck camouflage; others weren't. QDG adopted a horizontal stripe pattern for the black rather than the, more common, diagonal. So, basically, there was far greater variation than the rule books might suggest. Here are a couple of photos which I know to be contemporary. They aren't typical in that they are being used for rallying, but they ARE in typical vehicle colours for Land Rovers at that time: A Series 2A LWB from 39 Engr Regt (Airfds) in 1978. DBG with AOS (REME) & Fmn signs & yellow bridging circle: This is a 2A SWB CL in 1979, again in DBG: And the same vehicle in 1980 having been brush-painted to smarten it up with paint from the store (note the Millie to the rear is also in IRR green without black cam) Interestingly is the fact that the unit held brand new civilian pattern tilts for their CLs not just standard military ones and that the CL had pusher bumpers at the front but not bumperettes at the rear.
  5. By chance, while looking for other things, I came across this photo which is rather topical. It shows how the RAF did it! Rather more cost-effectively, I suspect!
  6. Actually, you're on the right lines: to be truly accurate there out to be a tractor-style exhaust pipe sticking up through the bonnet. Oh... and a lot more aerials!
  7. It has all sorts, but, yes, that was the idea, it seems. There is also some sort of recovery/lifting device along the rear offside and the weight of the bonnet with all the accoutrements is such that the designer has fitted a winding device to lift it! It is probably the most horrible 'improvement' of a Lightweight I have ever seen!
  8. Thank you both, Ah! I now understand the visual difference between the generator and the welder - the box on the front! And, no, I hadn't, Mark, but I'm not on Facebook and I see it is a private group.
  9. No, you need to go for a typical example, something run-of-the-mill. Like this...
  10. Further to my qeries about trailers at Old Dalby, there were also some oddly-captioned photos of the interiors of workshops/office/wireless lorries. Can anyone help me sort these out, please? First up, a pair purporting to be Type 24V, one showing the generator in stowed position fro travelling! What, actually, are they - they are probably not the same vehicle (note absence of bench vices in second picture)? Next is, apparently, a wireless lorry, but I suspect it is a Machinery one: Finally, as we're on the subject a couple more photos which are probably correctly captioned as a 'mobile machinery workshop' and a '24KW workshop' and which add, nicely, to the topic! As well as a (probable) Machinery K Light being used to provide spraying power for anti-corrosion paint: And a couple of photos showing 'flimsies: the 4-gallon petrol tins newly minted and being used to fill a bowser and showing how they were opened!!: And, finally, finally, the bonus picture: Again, my thanks to the IWM for these.
  11. I have spent a lazy couple of hours trawling through IWM photographs, including a set which were specially commissioned, it seems, to record technical equipment held at COD Old Dalby. Unfortunately, our trusty photographer was fine up to the point at which his camera ended. Thereafter, he didn't seem to have a clue. So, there are some great photos, but really dodgy captions. The only one with a clear Census Number is also wrong in the Chilwell list: it is shown as a Brockhouse binned stores trailer which it clearly isn't. So can anyone help me? First off; apparerntly this is a wireless trailer. Could it, in fact, be a Type Z Calibration & Repair of Telecomunications Equipment trailer? And where are the good sergeant's legs? Next up: the Brockhouse Binned Stores trailer: You will see I have called it an electrical testing trailer, but I'm not sure that's right - it was one of the captions on one of the trailers. Next is a welder or a generator, depending on which view you have, I don't know which as they seem to look alike, but I would plump for Welder: Finally: are these all compressor trailers? Well may this good ATS sergeant look puzzled (a bonus picture from the collection!). My thanks to the IWM for these.
  12. Hmm! I just went to my bookshelf to find my copy of the Profile Publication on the Lee Enfield to find it has disappeared. So I can't follow up with fact. But... the subject is the No1 and No2, not the No3 or the later Nos4-8. So, I would think it was pre-war, possibly even late WWI (after the discontinuation of the cut-off on the No1) or 1920s. But, it is difficult to say without looking at it. Silly question, perhaps, but how old does it look? Style, type of paper, wear etc?
  13. It's certainly interesting, not least for its inclusion of the 'No2' which was the first of the .22 rimfire Lee Enfields, predating the much better known 'No8' by decades.
  14. Weren't they built for ground-training aircraft turret crews?
  15. Thanks Clive, I don't know yet, I hope to be able to drive an automatic or a car where it is possible to move the right foot from the throttle to the foot brake without lifting it off the floor, if the doctors agree, but anything else will not be possible.
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