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  1. British Military Land Rovers [Taylor & Fletcher] says the first LHD military land rovers known to have been built as such were produced under 1955 contracts, probably a hardtop for a military attache, and a soft top effectively as a prototype for future orders for BAOR. Looking at the photo, I would have expected the speedo to be on the driver's side, so could this be a conversion from RHD?
  2. 854s as built had a fairly large autovac tank under the nearside windscreen and a radiator which projected further forward from the cab. There were 853 Matadors as well.
  3. From 1/1/49 UK military vehicle identification numbers changed to a new system using plates in the style nnLLnn [n=number, L=letter]; before that the army used a system with a letter indicating the type of vehicle, followed by a serial number. Different pairs of letters were allocated to the three services, and to different types of vehicles. Prior to 1949, rebuilt softskin army vehicles were given a new identity , and initially this continued under the new system. The numbers allocated to such rebuilt vehicles were from 00RA01 onwards, allocated when the contract was let, so 25RA37 is a pre-1949 army softskin vehicle rebuilt under a very early contract. Hope this helps.
  4. The character fonts and colour of the plate look a bit unusual for a UK military ERM, and both A and Y are characters in Cyrillic alphabets, so perhaps it isn't UK related?
  5. I don't know with certainty, I admit. My point is that is that vehicles purchased and delivered before April 1940 would have been a Norwegian responsibility, while vehicles purchased at the start of hostilities in Norway would probably never have been delivered. Either way, Norway surrendered after two months of being on the wrong end of what was effectively a blitzkreig by the Germans, with virtually no opportunity for removing their vehicles to the UK and no obvious reason to do so. A lot of recently arrived allied vehicles had to be abandoned. You referred to the confusion produced by the British Army having two generations of Q4. The same is true of the Q2.
  6. Tractors [mostly semi-diesel] were manufactured in Germany from the early 1920s onwards, and petrol-engined cars from before WW1, so useful knowledge for working on tank engines is not impossible, but spare parts and the necessary tools for making repairs might be an interesting problem, especially for the T34... Incidentally, a T34 would not have been seen in Germany, apart from captured examples for evaluation, until quite late in 1944.
  7. The German occupation of Norway only ceased with their general surrender on 8/5/45, so the vehicle can only have gone there after the war, based on the information on the plate. Commer also produced a post-war Q2...
  8. And the crane manufacturers are Les Ateliers de Bondy, Seine, who seem to have produced quite a range of machinery, much of it self-propelled. No idea on the chassis, though.
  9. The crane is French, and the chassis looks as though it might have been made for it. It also looks as though it might have been three axle originally, with larger rear wheels, as the solid tyred ones look rather small?
  10. Definitely not 1962. This number series started with KA in 1982, so 1982/3 most likely. The Challenger 1s are in 78KF or 79KF, so 79KF27 would seem to be correct.
  11. I had a Notification this morning. I thought it might be important, but no, it was telling me I have been 'awarded' badges. The whole thing seems very childish. I despised such meaningless "rewards" when I was a child, and my views haven't changed. I would like to prevent any such Notifications from the awards system if I could, but apparently I can't, so I have to live with the irritation it causes, or leave.
  12. These are probably post-war photographs. After WW2 vehicles based overseas continued to carry numbers on their bridge plates but UK based vehicles carried yellow bridge plates without numbers, as their weights didn't matter in the UK. I don't know the date the instruction was issued; out of curiosity, can anyone tell me, please?
  13. 88YW52, 91YW18 and 91YW56 were K6 gantries, so 91YW17 is highly likely to be a K6 and probably a gantry. You could try the RLC archive to see if they have a record card for this VRN. There may be a charge for this.
  14. Some YW were apparently not used; of those that were, I know of Bedford QLD GS, Bedford OY and Austin K6 3 ton gantry. However, I have a big gap in the middle, and another at the end, which I can't account for. Hopefully someone else may be able provide more info.
  15. This body is consistent with that of a 1900 Nottingham Corporation Tramways double decker, according to the illustration in Wikipedia.
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