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Minesweeper last won the day on August 22 2020

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About Minesweeper

  • Birthday 06/09/1939

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  1. That all adds up! At that time - something new - five new Intelligece Platoons were formed up at Maresfield to be part of Strategic Reserve in 1959 - one for each of the 4 Brigades Groups within 3 Infantry Division and the other to be attached to Div HQ. Each Platoon was to be entirely self supporting and independent with their own Int Corps vehicles and drivers, administration and so on. My unit was 3 Platoon to be attached to 2 Infantry Brigade group with Brigade HQ at Crownhill Fort in Plymouth. Drivers were Int Corps personnel all who could already drive but each driver did a 2 weeks MT course for assessment and to be passed by the army. The platoon consisted of about 10 - 2 officers, 2, senior N C O's and other Int Corps O.R.'s, plus two Draughtsmen from other units. The two MW's were there purely for that assessment purpose. Unit vehicles were two Land Rovers and an Austin K9 with three Sankey 1/2 ton trailers. The whole idea was shortlived and the Brigade was disbanded towards the end of 1960. The Int Corps men were posted to other units but the two Draughtsmen - both National Sevicemen - one from the R.A. and the other from the Devon and Dorsets were both demobbed immediately without having to complete their full term of National Sevice!
  2. It was a cab with a canvas roof and full windscreen. We had two of these - I can not remember the number of the second one other than the letters of the number were YR. I did not come across any others in service. They were fun! Tony
  3. Perhaps off topic for which I apologise! I did my Army Driving Test in an Bedford MW 15cwt in 1959 - 13RE80 and fond memories go with it. I often wonder what happened to it and I wonder if either - or both of you -Wally and Richard - have any record of it?
  4. Many thanks for posting that but I think that it is nothing to do with our Peerless. "Peerless" seems to have been a popular name over the years and used by several quite different firms in several locations for different things - but do please keep your eyes open for anything that you might think to be of interest! Tony
  5. Great stuff - and looks lovely! What's the story behind it?
  6. Well done - very nice! Tony
  7. Some folks would find it difficult to enthuse over all of that but that is absolutely marvellous. A great find and a great project - well done you and good luck with it all. A whole lot of people will be watching with great interest as you progress with it. Tony
  8. I think dealing with museums really does need extra care as although everything might be done and agreed by all the parties involved at the onset, museum personnel can so often change and after a passage of time those earlier agreements can be overlooked or forgotten. I do not think for one moment that there is any dishonesty involved, it is perhaps just that the agreement is not known about and in mind at a later date by different new folks involved since the agreement was made.. I know of one incident of an owner offering to give wheels to a museum - they were fitted with good tyres when the gift was made and the gift was made on condition that the tyres would be taken off by the museum and returned to the donor. After a period of time, an enquiry was made to the museum about progress in returning the tyres and the simple answer was that they had to be cut off the wheels to get them off and thus ruined. The earlier agreement had been forgotten, overlooked or simply not known about by the different folks later involved. Cutting the tyres off was the quick and easy way out to get them off when it was just the wheels that were wanted. All a little disappointing when one tries to be helpful.
  9. Great stuff - I admire your fastidiousness! It is going to be a wonderful job. Tony
  10. Happy Birthday, Mike!


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