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  1. Like Adrian said - nice find. See some more info here: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31406
  2. Sorted: Courtesy of Arjan van der Hoek and John Corden I got a number of Illustrated Spare Parts Lists and Identification Lists in pdf-format. Go to the folder British_10-cwt_Trailer_manuals of the Maple Leaf Up Download section if you want to download them.
  3. See the IWM footage posted by Alistair "ajmac" on his FB page. Note: it seems I cannot insert a link here, Alistair may be able to post the link to the IWM site. To me it seems the reason why the trailer opens to the front, is that it enables the crew to (sort of) slide the baseplate up over the tow hitch, instead of having to heave it up to the level of a rear opening tail gate.
  4. Would anyone know where I could get a scan / copy / original of the Illustrated Spare Parts List? Thanks in advance! PS: when searching in the internet I only found this reference and the picture below:
  5. Rupert, if you’re looking for 10.50-16 tyres, BKT make them in a road type pattern. Very useful speed and load rating, these are not low speed implement tyres. Haven’t found a distributor for them yet, tough https://www.bkt-tires.com/ww/en/d-405
  6. Commer Q2 30-cwt with census number L3922025 From contract C4663 with WD No. L-3921890 - L-3922028, all for Commer Q2 30cwt 4x2 Truck GS, a small batch of 139 trucks only.
  7. For the Q2 30-cwt I do not see a listing on https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/production_rootes, only the "Commer 15-cwt Load Carrier" for the Air Ministry and the Commer “Q.4” General Service Wagon for the Ministry of Supply are listed. I looked into the "Commer 15-cwt Load Carrier" specifically and calculated a total of 1,755 delivered. Bill Kreiner confirmed that number is likely correct for the period December 1942 through August 1944. Unfortunately we don't know the 1939-1942 total.
  8. I have looked into some production numbers listed here: https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/production_rootes read my comments here: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?p=262185#post262185
  9. What year were these published, please?
  10. Oops, URL update: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/
  11. An owner can restore his Sherman anyway he likes. But once the configuration changes, the designation should also change.
  12. As stated above, this Sherman was built as a M4(105). After WW2, it was used by the Italian Army who converted it with a 75-mm gun. This indeed is not a genuine Cassino battle relic. Many tanks set up as memorials are not genuine battle relics, but first served in Armies after WW2. Nearby at Albaneta Farm is a genuine battle relic - see http://battlefieldsww2.50megs.com/polish_tank.htm
  13. Cross posted to MLU Forum where many people with trucks fitting these tyres reside: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?p=268264#post268264
  14. Good news indeed, Barry! I see they have speed rating F, which means 80 km/h or 50 mph, this is much more useful than many tyres which are implement rated. Keep us posted when they are available for ordering.
  15. Hello Barry, any updates on the expected date of arrival of the 9.00-16's, please?
  16. Hello Jolien, your truck is a C15A with Cab No.12. Although this is an early example, it was not built in 1938 but more likely in 1941. By that time the RAF no longer painted their vehicles blue. The CMP trucks like your C15A were delivered in Khaki Green #3, (ref. my web page http://www.mapleleafup.nl/cmpvehicles/paint.html), and if used by the RAF they would have used them in that colour, maybe adding camouflage paint.
  17. Alex found some great footage of Commer Food Flying Squad trucks in action, March 1945, Venlo, the Netherlands: http://in.beeldengeluid.nl/kanaal/1798-de-bevrijding/4192-1-maart-1945-bevrijding-venlo[/url
  18. "Thank you, Gambia!" Source: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/32894
  19. Isaac ("Ies") Engelander was a Dutch Jew who fled to Great Britain to serve with the (Dutch) forces. He was a Guy truck driver in one of the Food Flying Squad columns. Source: https://www.joodsmonumentzaanstreek.nl/engelander-salomon-sjoerd/
  20. Here are better pictures taken at the hand-over: Source: http://proxy.handle.net/10648/ad99f95c-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84 Source: http://proxy.handle.net/10648/ad99fae2-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84
  21. Cannot thank you enough for compiling the lists, it is great to add an identity to the vehicles found in the various pictures!
  22. Thanks for reattaching these! Very interested to read about the number of Commer among these. Here's one which caught my eye: Here is a picture of Commer Q2 "CUN 351" after it was transferred to UNRRA where it was registred as "UNRRA-Y9". The signage on the side clearly identifies this as the Commer donated by “Jamaica’s Women War Material and Comforts Committee”. Source: https://search.archives.un.org/unrras-food-flying-squads
  23. Here is a link to a page with interesting info about Mobile Canteens: Kent at War - Life During Wartime
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