New Resource - British Vehicles Names Lists

Discussion in 'Vehicle Names and Census Numbers' started by KevinT, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Here is a quick link to the Names and Census Numbers listing, until it is added permanently into the Forum text:-

    MMP Books

    The table link is at the bottom of the page, any comments or additions please post to the Pre War, WWII and Post War boards here.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Best of luck with it Kevin,

    Am rather obsessive myself about the practice of listing and this is an admirable project. Keep up the good work.


    Here's hoping you get lots more contributions by way of names and numbers from forum members. So if anyone sees/has a pic with either or both, or sees a number in War diaries and other sources, link it on this subforum to have it included in the database.
     
  3. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Thanks for you kind words Diane,

    There are undoubtably errors but we have had a couple pointed out and they will amended shortly and the additions we have received will be added.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Great work, thanks.
     
  6. Bernie

    Bernie Junior Member

    Hello

    I've found my Uncle's WW2 tank GUILDFORD in the listing, here's a photo of them - as Sgt. (Bernard Hudson) he was the senior crew member.
    I've also attached a copy of the war diary which describes how GUILDFORD was destroyed on 30 July 1944 when it was hit by an 88mm gun. My Uncle said the shell went through the tank "Like a hot knife through butter". Three of the crew were killed.
     

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  7. KevinT

    KevinT Senior Member

    Hello

    I've found my Uncle's WW2 tank GUILDFORD in the listing, here's a photo of them - as Sgt. (Bernard Hudson) he was the senior crew member.
    I've also attached a copy of the war diary which describes how GUILDFORD was destroyed on 30 July 1944 when it was hit by an 88mm gun. My Uncle said the shell went through the tank "Like a hot knife through butter". Three of the crew were killed.

    Hi Bernie,

    I am glad that my tank name list has been able to make a connection and are not just a list of names and numbers. I have a WD census number of T251952/D for a Churchill named GUILDFORD. I cannot be sure whether that is the number on your uncle's tank or the replacement for it. Thank you very much for the photo too, this is exactly the sort of reply that adds detail to the spreadsheet.

    Cheers
    Kevin
     
  8. Nido

    Nido Member

    I'd add an internet photo that shows several Matilda Mk III tanks. The two tank names (Spicy & Shocker) and Regiment data were taken from the brilliant source filed by Kevin T. The third name seems to be Spalpeen (?)
    And the number is T.7440 or T.7140.

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  9. This is IWM H9527.

    The image can be zoomed, and the name on the rightmost tank must indeed be SPALPEEN.

    The name on the tank must be SHAFTO as per Kevin's list.

    Note the caption "The present tank bears little resemblance to its famous predecessor in the last war and is a fast, well armoured, well armed and easily manoeuvrable fighting vehicle that can travel over rough, hilly country at an astonishing speed."!
     
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  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Given that the WW1 Mk IV had a top speed of under 4 mph then in comparison the Matilda II was fast. However in 1918 a Mk IV was experimentally fitted with sprung suspension and with this was at least as fast as the Matilda II but easily manoeuvrable it was not.
     
  11. Robert,

    The Matilda II was certainly a greyhound compared with its WWI ancestors. But the problem lied precisely in that comparison, when it should have been with its (enemy) contemporaries. But then of course the morale-raising tone could not have been as triumphant :unsure:
    The "well armoured, well armed" part however was deserved in this respect, at least for a time.

    Michel
     
  12. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Not really as it was intended as an infantry tank and not a tank killer and in that role as originally devised speed was less important - the real problem was in the tactical doctrine/concept of the infantry tank
     

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