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I have volunteered to help the MERL (Museum of English Rural Life) with a project involving the Groundnut Oil Scheme in the late 1940s, early 1950s. I know they used ex-Military vehicles and clothing, but need more details and any photographs. I know of the SHERVICK tractor made out of surplus Sherman tank parts, but wondered what else was used. Can anyone help with photos, information or references I can use, please?

Many thanks.

Robert Davey

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My dad worked at Woldingham spray-painting Caterpillars for the Groundnut Scheme. Were they orange ? I'll ask him. I'm sure that he doesn't have any photos though.

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They used several Vickers Vigor tractors as well clearing the ground. Good results were obtained clearing away the shrub pulling lengths of ship's anchor chain  between tractors. If you can find a complete original Shervic that would be a find. They developed multi tine rock rakes in the place of the blade as well as towed ripper teeth riding on large steel wheels. Some dozer blades could be fitted with tines that floated along the ground while dozing and scarified the the ground while reversing. I think one of the towed rippers survives in Sweden. 

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