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  1. The navigator can't be up to much, then - Valencia is in Spain!
  2. 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 Hous
  3. Yes, these are standard markings for British military vehicles from the second half of the 1970s. LOND is London District and 73 is one of its infantry battalions. Field Force infantry battalions were numbered 7 - 11, Districts 70 - 119
  4. I share your interest in the products of the Rootes Group. I'd sell my soul for a Humber Box or a Snipe! Don't forget post-war Hillmans - the Husky was used in the 60s as a general runabout - replaced by the Morris Minor Traveller. (And I do hope the chaps above never succeeded in finding the fault under the bonnet!) And didn't the Queen's Baggage Train use Commers, later Dodges?
  5. This scam, probably the same scammer, was on eBay a few months back with the same vehicles - they aren't in Japan, but they are vehicles which are, or have been, on eBay being sold by their genuine owners. This white one was up for £30k back in March last year. It then came up for sale in October being offered by the scammer for considerably less. At that time, the scammer showed an address in Matlock, this time it's Newport. Quite a few of us simply report it to eBay, then it gets taken down, before the scammer starts again. I have no idea what would happen if you were to try to arrange
  6. 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
  7. Ratingen, I would suggest - about 12kms from Duesseldorf
  8. 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!)
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
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