Beach Group Equipment. What are they?

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  1. Trux

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    Telephone D.

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    For speech and Morse.

    Cable laying apparatus.
    This impressive description is of a simple frame with a carrying handle to take a small cable drum. The most common was the Equipment, Cable Laying, Mk2. I have not found a photo of this but there are many photos of similar US and German apparatus.

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    US Army cable laying apparatus.

    If anyone has a picture of the British apparatus please share it. (See Post 25).


    I have changed the photo of the telephone. Trackfrower hinted that I had posted Telephone L instead of Telephone D. Correct now ( I hope).
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  2. Trux

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    Signal flags.

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    No coloured photo has been found but the trade badge shows the essentials.
    The flags were two foot square. Originally it was not intended that both should be used at the same time. The blue flag was for use against a light background and the white with blue horizontal stripe for use against a dark background. Using two flags of this size would be hard work but it seems to have been done on occasion.

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    For provosts and regimental police.
    There was more than one make but all virtually indistinguishable from each other.

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    Some common tools.

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    Shovels GS. The left hand one is a Canadian version.



    Saw in wooden carrying case.

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    Ball hammer.
    Wire cutters.
    Adjustable spanner.

    Machete and scabbard.

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    I have received some excellent images from Danny. I post the following.

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    A simple wooden frame with sockets to hold the spindle of a small cable drum.

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    Any one else with interesting items is welcome to add them.

    In fact they need not be particularly interesting and you are more than welcome.
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    Medical pannier.


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    Basically a wicker basket with leather lining and canvas cover. The interior is divided into compartments for medical supplies and equipment including:

    Instruments in a roll and

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    a tin of tablets.

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    Open and folded.
    Sturdy wooden sides with shaped carrying handles. Metal rests underneath to keep the stretcher off the ground or fit the runners in ambulances. Canvas bed. Can be carried by two or four men (I suppose by three if desired).

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    'Polish' mine detector Mk3.

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    A simple but effective mine detector, until plastic or wooden mine casings were introduced. 'Polish' in the sense that the original development work was done in Poland. The long handle folds in the middle for carriage, and has a counterweight at the end. A battery was needed to power it and earphones to listen for the 'beeps' indicating' a metal object (not necessarily a mine)

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  9. Another misconception of mine (!) shattered. I always thought the name was because it was a dual-purpose equipment: mine detector and floor waxing...

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    Post 29. Well done. A fine blend of vintage humour, Gallic wit and Advent levity.

    The mine detector operator in post 30 seems to be rather late. The Carrier already located the mine.

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    Carpenters tools.

    It is difficult to see any difference between these and ordinary civilian items but they do have the WD arrow and are described as made in Sheffield.

    A brace for drilling.

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    Tenon saw.

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    Butchers tools.

    Cleaver. Standard Sheffield design but with WD markings.

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    Butchers steel for sharpening knives.

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    Grenades and explosives.

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    1. Grenade No 75. Hawkins anti tank mine.
    2. Clam mine. A magnetic anti vehicle mine.
    3. Smoke grenade.
    4. Firing device for mines and explosives.
    5. Fuse crimping tool.
    6. Grenade No 82. Gammon bomb containing a 2lb charge of plastic explosive. Automatically primed in flight by means of a lead weighted cord. Detonates on impact.
    7. Grenade No 36. Mills fragmentation grenade. Every ones notion of a WW2 hand grenade.
    8. Grenade No 69. A short lived design with a plastic body and a smaller lethal range.
    9. Grenade No 73. Incendiary grenade.
    10 Tube of primary explosive. Used to detonate larger charges.

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    12. A tin of detonators.
    14. Delayed action ignition pencils. Supplied in tins of six. Various delay times were available.
    15. Bickford cord fuse and detonator cap. A waterproof cord with a thin tube of flammable material in the centre. This burns at a known rate. Recommended means of lighting the fuse was a lighted cigarette, matches being difficult to use in wind and rain. At the far end a detonator is set off when the flame reaches it and this in turn sets off the explosive charge.


    The two above posts are photos from the excellent 'Histoire and Collections' series 'From D Day to VE Day.
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    More grenades.

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    Grenade No77
    Phosphorous smoke grenade.

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    Grenade No65.
    A naval signal grenade. Fired from the signal pistol shown.

    And the Detonator No10.
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    Six detonators in a tin.
    These are delayed action detonators. The metal case of the 'pencil' detonator contains a glass phial of acid, a thin wire and a plunger attached to a spring. To activate the device the end of the pencil containing the acid phial is crushed using the fuse crimping tool shown in Post 34 above. The acid eats into the wire and when the wire is eaten through it parts, releasing the plunger.

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    Signal Pistol.

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    Signal pistol holster.

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    Signal cartridges. The designation L3A2 is post war. Note that the designation on the three cartridge tin does not match the cartridges.

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    PIAT ammunition.


    A metal container for six PIAT rounds. Rounds were packed in individual cardboard cases, taped together in three round packs for carrying in action.

    The PIAT round was launched, rather than fired, from a spigot mortar. A spring loaded striker in the launcher ignited a small charge in the tail of the round. This charge propelled the round to its target. The nose of the round contained a shaped charge of explosive which detonated on contact and directed a jet of (very) hot gas onto the target surface. This drilled a small hole which allowed the hot gases to enter the target vehicle and cause considerable damage.

    Drawbacks of the PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank) were the short range, effectively about a hundred yards, and the unreliability of the round. Rounds were not very accurate and only detonated 75% of the time.

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    2" Mortar ammunition.

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    2" mortar bombs. All have protective caps on the nose to prevent accidental activation of the impact fuse. The lower round has the propellant charge removed and displayed. I think these are: top training round, middle high explosive, bottom smoke.

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    Carrier for 2" mortar bombs.

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    How does Aixman do that? I am almost certain he 'liked' the post before I even posted it!


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