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Mike C

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    Military history/technology research; writing.
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    Retired: formerly Head of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Aust

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  1. A8 is a nice find, Damien - one of only 12 improved prototypes, so rare in the extreme. I'm sure, given your hands-on experience, that you'll give it the restoration TLC it deserves. What ordnance number do you have for it, and do you have the early form of muzzle cone? The first prototype image is, appropriately, the first 25-pdr Short image reproduced in the book. We probably sourced it from the same album waaaaay back in the early 1990s. I interviewed Maj Gen Whitelaw on a couple of occasions, and we exchanged correspondence over a number of years on a wide variety of subjects, mostly artillery, but his involvement with other equipment acquisitions during his time as a senior officer was also of considerable interest to me. His father of course features prominently in the Australian 25-pdr story overall, not just the Short, including the first rumblings about an Australian SP version, so there are several quotes and references attributed to him throughout the book. As for the book, I've done my best with the information available to me at the time of writing. I hope I have done the subject justice, and that the book will satisfy the vast majority of readers. Mike
  2. Well Damien, we will just have to agree to disagree on the total number of 25-pdr Short complete guns manufactured. Nothing I see in the paperwork supports more than 213 complete guns in total, but the data does go quite some way in explaining the differences/discontinuities in numbering of major components assembled into a complete gun, a matter I do deal with in my new book. Moreover, I cannot see Ruwolt's continuing to manufacture complete guns in excess of the authorised number in each contract without authority just because they thought it was a good idea. Quite the contrary: Charles Ruwolt was a hard negotiator who, once the deal was struck, stuck rigidly to the contract terms: just look at his 'hard charging' involvement in the Cruiser tank project as a prime example. So unless I've missed a follow-up contract (which I doubt), there is nothing in what I have on the subject that points to more than 213 complete guns in total, and that includes the totals for each contract as listed in the post-contract audits. Have you factored in the manufacture of numbered spares unique to the 25-pdr Short, such as recoil/recuperator blocks, spare barrels and spare jackets, for each of the contracts? Mike
  3. Interesting information and analysis, Watercart, particularly the very high numbering of your example. Is the A224 number on the ordnance or the carriage? I agree with you about the myriad of changes incorporated during manufacture, particularly during the early stages, and the 'mismatch' of ordnance and carriage numbers. My more recent work has placed the total number at 213 based upon actual requirements and issued manufacturing orders: 1 prototype, which underwent several modifications particularly in the early stages. 12 improved prototypes/pre-production prototypes, some of which were used for troop trials, 100 production 'Ordnance, QF, 25-pdr, Short (Aust) Mk.I on Carriage 25-pdr Light (Aust) Mk.I' 100 production 'Ordnance, QF, 25-pdr, Short (Aust) Mk.I on Carriage 25-pdr Light (Aust) Mk.II' Total: 213. I contend that the actual proportion of Mk 1 and Mk2 production guns is not 100:100, but somewhat different. This is explained in reasonable detail in my soon-to-be-released book 'Fire! The 25 Pounder in Australian Service', published by Trackpad Publishing. Shameless plug, I know: https://www.trackpadpublishing.com/fire-the25-pounder I think it also might go some way to explaining why you have such a high numbered example. The image in Talltoms post: I can see an Australian 17-pdr Anti-tank gun double air-spaced shield leaning against the wall at the right of frame - I don't see another 25-pdr Short shield in that image. Regards Mike
  4. https://www.trackpadpublishing.com/product-page/tough-truck-australian-army-land-rover-1949-to-2012 Finished! Now at the printers ..... Mike
  5. That's interesting: the normal light or jungle scale regiment was 24 guns, made up of three Batteries of 8 guns - two of standard 25-pdrs and one of 25-pdr (Short), rather than 32 guns. Mike
  6. Thanks Rick Cove, for doing that for me. Mike
  7. Gents, Been a while since I posted on this forum. Can somebody with access to a 25-pdr (Short) please make a measurement for me? I'm interested to know the vertical height of the saddle from the lower edge where it meets the trail to the centre line of the gun trunnion. Inches or mm - I might live in the USA these days, but I can work in either/both forms of measurement! Thank you in anticipation. Mike
  8. There you are: said it all in the title! Can anyone please enlighten me as to an approximate date when the 'L' prefix (like 'Fuze, PD, L17A1') came into use in the British Army for equipment, ammunition, etc? Thanks Mike C
  9. Errrr, think I forgot to say that it was a HAR-1 Heavy Tipper, as I'm sure we all already know its a HAR-1! Mike C
  10. Hi, Your truck is an FWD HAR-1 taken on charge by the RAAF in August 1944, and disposed of by public sale by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission in August 1946. It has/should have chassis number 103736. Regards Mike C
  11. Thanks, Chris, I'd appreciate it very much. Mike C
  12. Gents, A query: there are/were two (at least) steel ammunition liners for .30cal ammunition: the (early) M1 and the (later/current) M19A1. The M1 went out of service in the late 1950s, and was replaced by the M19A1. My question is: what is the exact measurement of the exterior dimension of the M1 ammo liner without the lid/with lid open? I'm trying to find out the depth of the liner as it would fit into the ammunition box mounting on the side of a Mount, No.5 Mk.1, mounting an M1919A4 flex MG, before the modification for the M19A1 liner was fitted. Thanks: I'm sure someone out there has an example of this earlier liner and won't mind putting a ruler over it. Mike C
  13. Hey, Sam: ref the 'fuel tyres', better known as the 'Rolling Fluid Transporter', in Australia: see my previous post: only 2 imported in to Oz. Ref the RAAF roundels on the sides of the HAR-1: what was its RAAF regiostration number, please? Mike C
  14. Actually, it's called a 'Rolling Fluid Transporter' (ie not just for fuel), and two were trialled in Australia during the 1960s. They were not adopted for service. Designed to be towed behind a GS truck, either singly or as a 'trailer train'. See my article in Army Motors several years ago for details of the transporters and their Australian trials (including images). Interesting that one has survived. Desertman: what is the RAAF number of your HAR-1? I may have some details. Mike C
  15. The biggest users (ie had the majority) of FWD HAR-1 trucks in Australia were the RAAF's Airfield Construction Squadrons. They were configured as Dump trucks in Australia, and continued in use until the early to mid 1960s. Suggest you might like to look for the remains of a RAAF registration, and/or any sign that a hoist was fitted to the chassis, with control levers in the cab. Best of luck with the reno: long way to go, but it will be one of just a few when its finished. Mike C
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