Help needed Identifying location and date?

Discussion in 'RASC' started by old bill, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. old bill

    old bill Member


    I wonder if anybody could help with these photos. I think that they're RASC. Does anybody have any idea of the possible location and or date that they might have been taken. From what I know they are wireless trucks of some kind.

    It's a long shot I know but any help would be appreciated.


    Old Bill
  2. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    I'll give it a about the Rifle Brigade, France prior to Dunkirk. Ford WOC 1, 8 cwt wireless truck built in UK from parts supplied from America and used 1939-1940. Presumably most of them being left behind at the evacuation.
  3. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    Certainly a Ford WOC1 but I think this one is the personnel body. The only external difference is that the wireless body is detachable and has folding legs under it. The personnel body does not have these. The marking RB is a Royal Artillery tactical sign indicating the vehicle used by the 'B' troop commander. This fits with the cap badges which are RA.

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  4. RoughEngineeringMadeEasy

    RoughEngineeringMadeEasy Junior Member

    So, totally wrong then :(
  5. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    No. Let us be positive. It is certainly a WOC1 and it differs from the wireless version only in two small struts under the body. A good looking truck anyway.

  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Rough engineering

    Don't give up - seems I am totally wrong at least once per day
  7. Rav4

    Rav4 Senior Member

    I think lanyard worn on the right shoulder would indicate Royal Artillery.
  8. old bill

    old bill Member

    Chaps that's absolutely remarkable! Thank you. Lots of food for thought there.

    The photos belong to my father-in-law who is trying his best at the moment to trace his uncle's time in the services. They were found in some old photo albums. Bit of a mystery that I'm trying to solve. After the war the uncle disappeared and was never heard of by the family again.

    My next route is to see if he was ever in touch with the post-war services associations for veterans as that may yield some results about what happened to him and where he ended up. Any suggestions would, as ever, be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again

    Old Bill
  9. Bruneval

    Bruneval Well-Known Member

    Old Bill,

    A long time since your post here, however the vehicle is a Ford Truck 8-Cwt 4 x 2 G.S. This vehicle was procured under contract number V.3730 in 22nd July 1940, so post Dunkirk. (see attached).

    WOC 1944.jpg



    Last edited: Mar 14, 2020

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