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  1. 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
  2. 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 t
  3. No live rounds or empty cases in your possession, eh? Chris
  4. 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
  5. I never came across black and brown -matt or gloss. Nato green decorated with pastel shades of emulsion paint - frequently! Chris
  6. 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 o
  7. 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
  8. 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 tog
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Very interesting article. I would add that in 1969, in Belfast (well, Palace Barracks Holywood to be precise) our Pigs and our softskins were painted in gloss DBG with a matt mid brown disruptive. My models have attracted comment rather like your Shorland, but photographs prove my point even in black and white. Chris
  13. Hi Baltik The numbers you quoted from your Landrover included the letters BGS. The (West) German Bundesgrenzschutz used landrovers - many made under licence by Tempo. I was not aware that they used such modern(ish) models as yours, but perhaps this was a model proposed by LR for the BGS, which would explain the German labelling; perhaps the germans then decided not to order them and used something home grown instead, Funny colour for BGS though. Chris
  14. No argument about the Valentine tanks, but the softskins are interesting. I think the truck towing the 3.7AA is a Leyland Terrier - much rarer than the Retriever, and used for towing AA guns (though more often the 3inch) . The searchlight truck behind it is the special searchlight bodied Retriever - nice to see what the inside looked like. The 15cwt towing the 2 pounder is the portee version of the CS8 - apparently designed with the French 25mm gun in mind rather than the 2 pounder, but higher than the normal to allow more room to handle the gun. Humber Mk 1 armoured cars too, earlier in t
  15. The WW1 4.5 howitzer was a short barrelled weapon. It was also (converted to run on pneumatic tyres) used at the beginning of WW2. The later 4.5 gun was very similar to the better known 5.5 gun; same carriage but the 4.5 had a longer barrel (and obviously a smaller bore). It did not remain in service long as the shell was apparently not impressive in effect. Chris
  16. I'm sure you are aware of this, but you should decide at what period of its service your truck is to represent. The L number you have found would be the number it wore from manufacture until about 1949; the YX number would then be the number it wore from the change date until release from the Army. No way would it have worn both at once! Chris
  17. Hi My father (now deceased) commanded the AATDC (incidentally the Army Airtransport Training and Development Centre) during the time that this thread covers - about 1958-1960. Unfortunately, I did not even possess a camera in those days, so have no pics or docs from that time, though I seem to remember a photo of a Ferret which arrived on the ground without the benefit of parachutes. I later attended a UEO course at JATE, then at Abingdon.. The venturi on the Wombat pic above looks very short, though it opened sideways to load the round, as compared to BAT, Mobat and Conbat on which t
  18. While I am sure that a standardised Ram barricade item was eventually produced and fitted, I am equally sure that I have seen (in Northern Ireland during the troubles) different types of Ram barricadeson Pigs. Round bars, Square bars, etc. How about this one, though most of our pigs had the standard one (but several different patterns of mesh windscreen protectors). Chris
  19. Sorry, Old Git, can't really help. I was issued with a pair of these in the 1960s for an exercise in Cyprus in the summer, and by the end of three weeks the soles were worn out! I had them resoled, had a leather extension sewn round the top so that gaiters would stay on (and not just ride above them), and used them for some years, but I no longer have them. Chris
  20. My Dad's airborne helmet at about 1953-55 was certainly not gloss DBG! Olive drab matt it may well have been and the texturing looked as if sand (and not too fine) had been used. Chris
  21. Hi 10FM68 Wanting to make a model diorama featuring a mule carrying two hayboxes (That was what those huge rings on the side were for - to hook the thing on a pack saddle), I spent some time trying to find a haybox so I could measure it up. No luck at first. I made contact with the cook of a re-enactor group at the War and Peace Revival show (then at Folkestone Racecourse) who assured me that, while the 6 gallon dixies were still useful and thus available, the 6 gallon insulators were not, as better versions were used instead. I dod eventually get the dimensions I needed from a helpful
  22. @surveyor Agreed! I was once, on attachment to a battalion other than my own, standing next to a No 1 burner in action. The colour sergeant had, in a somewhat foolhardy manner, stacked jerricans containing fuel next to the trench. The company were queuing for their midday meal. The burner caught fire, and suddenly I realised I was the only one left in the queue. All the others had legged it! Fortunately the fire was put out and normal service was resumed! Chris
  23. No 1 was generally known as a No 1 burner as it consisted of a burner unit which sent a jet of flame out. You needed several metal stands which were generally dug into a trench in a line. The flame jet went along the trench through the stands. Dixies stood on top of these. Lethal bit of kit, but served the army for a very long time! Chris
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