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  1. The wool mix shirt came after the KF, first in a darkish khaki then in an olive green - which used to fade badly to an almost grey. KF shirts with collars attached, on the other hand were on issue from the end of the Second World war - once other ranks - ORs (your enlisted men) were allowed to wear the collar of the BD blouse open, they needed a shirt with a collar so a tie could be worn. The 1949-pattern battledress couldn't be done up at the neck so was always worn with a collared shirt and either a tie or, in the field, sometimes, a face veil. That shirt was made of khaki flannel. The s
  2. Ratingen, I would suggest - about 12kms from Duesseldorf
  3. I think this photo was taken when the Cheshires were in Hong Kong 84-86. They have doubled up their water bottles and are wearing tropical DPMs while the observing NCO is in warm weather barrack dress and the civvy a lightweight suit. (Plus it's sunny - so they aren't in Wales anyway!)
  4. Was that the awful, cheap thing with buttons which were too small to stay done up and a collar which had no "stand" and used to stick up above the HD pullover collar like a pair of wings? Its only saving grace was that it wasn't scratchy, but it faded badly, the sleeves were too short - a horrible thing - its predecessors and its replacement which stayed until the end of combat shirts were so much better - mine still get an outing in retirement!
  5. In the above example, Clive, you quote blouses battledress - the word blouse was always used for a short jacket cut to the waist while a long one with a skirt below the waist could be a tunic, a jacket or a smock! Shirts were shirts, I think! As for the combat cap, I never really understood why they were so unpopular. They were modelled on the Norwegian cap with ear flaps for cold weather. I wore mine quite a bit in the field in preference to a beret. They had a peak which kept the sun or rain off the face, they were easy to keep in a pocket and easy to wash. Gen Moore wore his Norweg
  6. I can't answer your question about sizes of shirts, but as for the rest the answer is "fashion". It became very popular to blouse the combat jacket by tying the bottom drawcord tightish at the waist and then pulling the skirt down. This resulted in the skirt pockets being folded in two and, if a belt were worn, its being round them making using the pockets impossible. At the same time it bulked out the upper part of the jacket making it look a bit like a battledress blouse. It was a very popular thing to do for a while, but, to me, never made any sense and I didn't copy it. The hood
  7. I agree, you're doing a fantastic job. I am simply awestruck by the skills some of you on this forum have. And the doggedness to tackle what often seem to be hopeless cases, or projects way beyond the capabilities of one man. There should be a special thread somewhere on here with just the words and photos of the restorer for us to scroll through on winter nights to appreciate the work done and enjoy looking at the finished result without the superfluous comments ,like mine! But, anyway, well done and, while I'm about it, Merry Christmas to you all on the forum.
  8. That was certainly an interesting link Tony offered to the MOULD site, but, as Richard says, the vehicle above has no connection. The MOULD vehicles were, according to Fletcher/Taylor 109" CLs in the ERM batch 03HJ71 to 04HJ03. 22 were insertion vehicles and 11 repair vehicles. They were also supported by CL GS stores vehicles. He is correct in that they were fitted with jerrican holders on the front and, in the photo he shows of them in civilian garb, the holders are all visible. As are the civilian style chrome aerials on the front wings and the diagnostic roofrack which was of very sub
  9. This topic cropped up a couple of years ago on this forum. As shown above, the mount was intended for the B vehicle fleet generally and a large number of short-barrelled .5" Brownings were procured. They were put in storage but appeared pretty much for the first time for OP CORPORATE. There are a few pictures floating about of their being used on ground mounts. The cupola ring was similar across the fleet identified by the little ball mounts. At some point the idea faded away as, for example, it was only the early batches of Bedford RLs which had them, the later ones having a simple plain cu
  10. If only he'd move his foot! But... it's close. These vehicles were very uncommon - a handful at most which, as can be seen from the spiel, were specially equipped by Racal and used by 640 Signal Troop for the out-of-area and NATO flanks role carried out in BAOR by 14 Signal Regiment (EW) - so had a similar role to some of their larger 1 tonne Land Rovers. This photo - credit to the owner via the internet - shows the same or similar vehicle with 640 on exercise in Norway - hence the winterisation. As I said, they were very rare and wouldn't have been held in TA centres. I suspe
  11. You don't think it might have been this, do you? "Scientists find black sand-like dust and gas from distant asteroid Ryugu inside sample capsule from Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2" Courtesy The Mail Online.
  12. Very unlikely. It was the wrong side of the A360 for the Imber ranges. The vehicles stored at "the Round" went out onto the Westdown and Larkhill Impact Areas for the RSA. The School of Infantry usually kept their doomed fleet at the top of Sack Hill.
  13. I said I would look out the photo of the DAC on Salisbury Plain in the 1960s. I reckon this will be about 1968. The other photos show a Conqueror and a 155mm SP How at "The Round" on the road between the Bustard and Market Lavington at around the same time, I should think judging by my size. Pleased to see Dad wearing a jacket and tie for a trip in the country at that time! 10 68
  14. Feel better now you've given the hobby-horse a bit of a gallop? 10 68
  15. If it was rescued in about 1971 by a unit in Tidworth, then it probably came off Salisbury Plain. I spent a lot of weekends up there in my youth and frequently wandered into the impact area when the red flags were down, simply following my Dad's advice (and common sense) to watch where I put my feet and not to touch unexploded shells - of which there were huge numbers lying around in those days. There were dozens of old armoured vehicles set out there then, both as targets and for use as reference points, including a number of DACs. Where they were lying away from the public road they were
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