Discussion in '1940' started by JCB, Feb 18, 2011.
Look at all them spare
Look at all them spares ,if only I had some of them for my bedford.
Just bought this and has a name on the top. BEF Jan 1940, would this have been kept with the Veh.
These booklets are a slightly smaller variation on the "Standing Orders for Drivers of Mechanical Vehicles (Wheeled) and Motor Cyclists" of which I have a March 1939-dated copy. There is a note inside stating that drivers should have it in their posession (no excuse for not knowing the rules !) and that it may be kept with the AB64....Yours looks to have become damp with the AB64 ! They are not all that uncommon...probably because tens of thousands of drivers brought them home in their paperwork but they had become obsolete due to the fall of France.
Not 1940 but interesting mix of kit .Some colour stills of the 4th Bn. Duke of Wellingtons Regiment on exercise 1938 ( in the fields in front of my house !) . Interesting in the first pic they have some Commer Beetle 15cwt's which seem to be a a bit of a rarity . Most of the 15cwts are Guy Ants. Lots of Morris Commercial 6x4s incl CDSW looking strange with artillery on carriage wheels.
Whole film here-
4TH BATTALION DUKE OF WELLINGTON REGIMENT AT REDCAR CAMP | Yorkshire Film Archive
Some of the new weaponry , Mortars and Boys AT rifle .
Wonderful stuff ! The vehicles a mixture of gloss bronze green and the mid-1938 introduced matt version. Lots of brown denim and green webbing too.
It does seem to be a period of change , vehicles all look quite new and the officers all look as they are dressed for horse riding ! No Brens in evidence but lots of Lewis guns.
When on manoevres they are mainly transported by the local bus company 'United', shades of 1940 .
There were a small number of Daimler Scout Cars (Dingo's used) they were new so their issue was not widespread
The Austin 7 Radio car at the R' Sigs museum was used in France in 1940, I used to work there and knew most of the vehicles and equipment. The little car was fascinating
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