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About chrisgrove

  • Birthday 08/29/1941

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    Kent, UK
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    Fishing, modelling
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    Retired Army

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  1. Hi I knew I had some pics, so here are pics of front and rear (though it is probably an MK). I thought I had more. but I cannot find any! Chris
  2. Most of the Morris trucks shown in this thread are indeed 15 cwt CS8s. There are some larger trucks, probably 30 cwt, with longer bonnets. But the general speaking from the back of a truck with the tailboard down is using an 8cwt PU as his rostrum. Probably a Morris as well, but difficult to tell from the back as the bodies on these were much the same for all makes (I can think of at least four makes). Chris
  3. These cookers were the primary means of cooking in the field during my time in the army. On frequent occasions we had to transport them by air, using that well known airline Crab Air (RAF to be polite). They were not keen on transporting anything that smelt of petrol (vehicles excepted), but our cookers were so old that nothing would get rid of the smell. Solution? Any aerosol that had a stronger smell than petrol, to be utilised as late as possible before the loadie sniffed. But actually cleaning the tank? No idea. Chris
  4. Hi 67 burwood There is a certain amount of dodgy information above! 78 Infantry Division never carried desert rat insignia, neither was it ever in 21 Army Group. It operated in Tunisia and thereafter in Sicily, Italy and Austria. The Divisional sign was the battleaxe as you appear to be aware, yellow axe on black disc or square. 78 Division always contained three Infantry Brigades (basically there were no Armoured Infantry brigades during WW2). All three brigades would have carried the divisional emblem on their vehicles. The senior brigade was indicated by its AoS number being on a red square, the second brigade on a green square and the third brigade (38 Irish) on a brown square, so your green background would mean 36 Infantry Brigade. The numbers for 36 brigade should have been 60 (5 Buffs), 61 (6 RWK), and 62 (8 Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). For 38 Brigade the numbers should have been 67 (2 or 6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers depending on time), 68 (2 London Irish Rifles) and 69 (1 Royal Irish Fusiliers). I say 'should' as the normal order of precdence may have been amended to show the difference between regular and territorial units. I have no knowledge of the exact shade of green or brown used, but the green appears to be just about what you would expect from 'green', not dark, not light, but green. The brown is also about what you would expect from a paint called 'brown', not dark, not light, but obviously brown. Infantry Brigades were generally not provided with enough transport to carry all their personnel, though some were designated as Lorried Infantry or Motor Brigades. As far as I know, 78 Division's brigades were ordinary infantry brigades and relied on Divisional Transport Companies (RASC) to transport them when necessary. HTH Chris
  5. Your 4x4 Ant was indeed a 6 pounder tractor (or FAT). The give-away is the winch fairlead on the front bumper which the GS versions lacked as they did not have a winch. I can find only one pic of a GS 4x4 Ant with a Z number (Z5520430 - printed in a number of books) which looks as if it was a wartime picture (and explains why I thought it was even rarer than the 4x2 GS). I found one other with a Z number but as the pic was clearly post war and restored, I discounted it. The FAT and 6 pounder tractor versions certainly all seem to have carried H numbers. I doubt that, apart from at least the remains of the winch kit, you would be able to tell whether a truck was a 4x4 GS or a tractor as the load bed was much the same. There were seats in the back for the gun crew, and the tilt was higher and provided with 'windows' for the tractor, but none of that, I guess, remains on that truck. I have seen one or two 4x2 Ants and at least one FAT, but never a 4x4 Ant GS or tractor! I do, however, have a pic of a 4x2 Ant still in service in Austria in 1945, so someone must have been fond of it enough to keep it going! Chris
  6. No live rounds or empty cases in your possession, eh? Chris
  7. I feel I should point out that this (both pics) would appear to be a Quad Ant - the four wheel drive version, which, I would guess, is even rarer than the ordinary 4x2 Ant. With an H registration it was probably the 6 pounder gun tractor version originally, possibly even the FAT version. Chris
  8. I never came across black and brown -matt or gloss. Nato green decorated with pastel shades of emulsion paint - frequently! Chris
  9. I have to say I have never seen a Queens Own badge or picture saying RWK. They all say ROYAL WEST KENT. But I have no knowledge of what sign their vehicles carried in 1946 (nor whether they had any regimental sign at all). 2RWK moved to Germany in Feb 1946, to an area some 100 miles south of Brunswick, but in June they moved north to Brunswick where they stayed until Nov 1947, give or take three months in Berlin and various training periods at Soltau. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge of the signs painted on the vehicles, though the description of 5 Infantry Division sign as a white Y on a yellow square surprises me; I thought it was on a black square. I would have expected them to carry an AoS square (on the opposite side to the Divisional sign) which would be red, green or brown with a 2 figure number in the 50s or 60s range, but I cannot be more specific, without knowing the order of battle of 5 Div at the time. By 1948 2RWK were back in UK at Ross Barracks, Shorncliffe where they became the Home Counties Training Battalion.. Chris
  10. Had issued, and used, both OG and KD trousers with the crossover, buttoned buckle fastening. No complaints. But the kit I really liked best I acquired in Canada (cost me some duty free cigarettes) were the Canadian green nylon puttees. I later picked up a third one after surprising some Canadian 'enemy'. Not perfect - (they used to stretch amazingly when wet) - but much more pleasing than brown UK pattern ones. Chris
  11. What, no Geordies on this thread? As Safety Officer on the very first Battle Group through BATUS, I was hitching a lift with a Platoon HQ of the Infantry (Green Howards) Company at lunchtime. Platoon Sergeant suggests 'Jam and cheese sandwiches, lads?'. Compo cheese went down well (though I seldom got jam and cheese on bread since wartime in Newcastle, mores the pity. My Southern regiment would have laughed me to scorn had I suggested it), And, to add to the Squaddies Stew post, it was a standing joke in BAOR on the 70s that Mojo Stew consisted of ALL the components of compo stewed together (including the soap). Chris
  12. Thanks Pete. Funnily enough I have another pic of that truck, probably also from WP, but I hadn't thought (or remembered) it was from there. Good to know one still exists. Now to make a model of it! Chris
  13. I could add a few vehicles to this 'extinct' list. Karrier Spider FAT, Morris CDSW FAT, Indian Pattern Wheeled Carrier (any Mark, even NZ LPOP), Dodge D8 T212, Maudslay Militant 6ton 4x2, Dennis Max 6 ton (either Mark), Foden DG 4 or 6, Leyland Hippo Mk 1, Guy Lizard ACV, .... I could go on! I'd love to see any of them in the flesh. Chris
  14. Hi Clive. Sorry, but the only pics I can find are these three of Bedford RLs with apple green supposedly fireproof canopies with raised tops so petrol would fall off. Only black and white too, but you can see the difference in reflectance between the DBG and the brown. Despite being the Unit Press Officer, I had other things on my mind and didn't take many pics at that time. The pics were also cropped (manually) for publication, probably in Tankette, so are not exactly first class! Chris
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