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ciphers
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Number of posts : 966
Age : 84
Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

PostSubject: Kit and Equipment   22/2/2009, 19:43

This is a AEC Armoured Command Vehicle Signals Centre as used by 6 Armoured Division Signals circa 1953/56, it weighed in at 21 tons and had a 6x6 axle base. Each brigade in the division had one as standard equipment. This particular unit was at HQ 20 Armoured Brigade at Munster and I was its crew chief for 2 years. It carried a crew of Ten, crew chief (Sigs Office Supt), driver, switchboard op, ciphers (2), Sigcen (3), base lineman, Fuller phone/wireless operator, a bit crowded even for a pig of this size.

Ciphers ..

Sorry Guy's but after endless tries Paul is coming to my rescue and will be posting the photo's of the vehicle described above ... just put it down to old age, my number tells the story ... 22560928 ..

Len (Ciphers)

I think that it is now sorted Ciphers. I deleted the other posts, retitled the original as "Armoured Command Vehicle", and entered all photos on to it.

Paul.
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ciphers
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Number of posts : 966
Age : 84
Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
Registration date : 2008-06-30

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   23/2/2009, 00:24

Thanks Paul .. good job .. was I ever that young

Len (Ciphers)
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Paul
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Number of posts : 817
Age : 65
Localisation : Limavady, N.I.
Cap Badge : R.E.M.E.
Places Served : Arborfield (Basic training), S.E.M.E. Bordon (Trade training), Barnard Castle, Hemer, Belfast (Emergency Tour), Londonderry, Munster, Brunei, Hong Kong
Registration date : 2008-04-06

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   23/2/2009, 00:29

ciphers wrote:
Thanks Paul .. good job .. was I ever that young

Len (Ciphers)

We all were Len Very Happy Very Happy

Heading for the scratcher now.

Paul
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Number of posts : 784
Age : 87
Localisation : s. yorks
Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   24/5/2011, 15:41

So here's one that puzzles me .............

I can remember how left-handers struggled with the bolt action of a Mk 4
Enfield....... & even recall that in "Saving Pte Ryan" the sniper was left
handed and had a bolt action Springfield rather than a Garand. However, I don't remember how a Bren could be aimed from the left shoulder when the sights were on the left side of the barrel, or whether Stens & Stirlings could be held left handed when the ejection aperture is on the right and, maybe, is covered by part of a forward right hand. Any old sweats got an answer ?

And, yes, I do know that the SA80 chucks empty cases out to the right, which must be inconvenient for anybody who's face might be in the way !
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Number of posts : 960
Age : 67
Localisation : Merseyside
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Wildenrath Detmold
Registration date : 2008-10-30

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   24/5/2011, 17:36

cartav wrote:
So here's one that puzzles me .............

I can remember how left-handers struggled with the bolt action of a Mk 4
Enfield....... & even recall that in "Saving Pte Ryan" the sniper was left
handed and had a bolt action Springfield rather than a Garand. However, I don't remember how a Bren could be aimed from the left shoulder when the sights were on the left side of the barrel, or whether Stens & Stirlings could be held left handed when the ejection aperture is on the right and, maybe, is covered by part of a forward right hand. Any old sweats got an answer ?

And, yes, I do know that the SA80 chucks empty cases out to the right, which must be inconvenient for anybody who's face might be in the way !

Don't know what you are worried about, you can fire a bow and arrow with either hand! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   24/5/2011, 17:53

Isn`t this what our older RA members used Wink

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Localisation : Bristol
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Iserlohn, Herford X 2
Registration date : 2010-12-16

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   24/5/2011, 22:29

cartav wrote:
So here's one that puzzles me .............

I can remember how left-handers struggled with the bolt action of a Mk 4
Enfield....... & even recall that in "Saving Pte Ryan" the sniper was left
handed and had a bolt action Springfield rather than a Garand. However, I don't remember how a Bren could be aimed from the left shoulder when the sights were on the left side of the barrel, or whether Stens & Stirlings could be held left handed when the ejection aperture is on the right and, maybe, is covered by part of a forward right hand. Any old sweats got an answer ?

And, yes, I do know that the SA80 chucks empty cases out to the right, which must be inconvenient for anybody who's face might be in the way !

Well as a left hander who uses a no4 regularly I just got used to the bolt action, left hand over the top and away you go, SLR was never a problem because it ejected forwards,Stirling I just canted over to the right and the empty cases missed my face, never aimed a Bren from the shoulder only prone or " proper John Wayne" from the hip. I do have a left handed Anschutz bolt action and every time I use it the first couple of rounds feel strange until I get used to it again. I think the SA80 would be a real problem with the ejection opening being so far back, not much room for adjustment there as I see it. Maybe thats why they make a leftie version?. About time they stopped all these wars, no surplus ammo for us old guys at weekends and handloading works out around 90p a round now. How do theTaliban afford all those IED's when I pay £40 a pound for powder.....
Dave
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brum
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 76
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   24/5/2011, 23:08

Gordon. wrote:
Isn`t this what our older RA members used Wink


Ah, . . .that'll be one of those bits of kit that The Hammer of the Scots used to hammer the Scots Evil or Very Mad
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Number of posts : 3001
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   25/5/2011, 08:02

brum wrote:
Gordon. wrote:
Isn`t this what our older RA members used Wink


Ah, . . .that'll be one of those bits of kit that The Hammer of the Scots used to hammer the Scots Evil or Very Mad




Blimey Gordon, that takes me back - when doing "Kneeling Gun Drill" we had to run round the Square carrying one of those above our heads. Happy days. tongue tongue
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Number of posts : 784
Age : 87
Localisation : s. yorks
Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   25/5/2011, 12:11

Ref Smokeless Projector ............

We were shown these in the TAVR, together with the No. 3 Mk.6 Ram,( Battering) which was being developed for demolitions. At that time, in the mid 1970's, we were told that, due to financial constraints, the MOD didn't anticipate an issue would be made to Reserve Army.


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Number of posts : 784
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Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   25/5/2011, 16:11

'Lo Daveb.......... Thanks for the advice. You must have had some problem sighting a Bren in the prone position, though ! And unlike the clever French, whose FA MAS bullpup can be altered for right or left-handed shooters, SA80 is right-hand only.

I'm surprised there's a shortage of .303 even this long after we ditched it. There must have been millions in storage. We did some of those WW1 battlefield tours and found quite a few Mk.V11 & rimless Mauser rounds scattered in the ploughed fields. A bit rusty but better than nowt!
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Localisation : Bristol
Cap Badge : Royal Signals
Places Served : Iserlohn, Herford X 2
Registration date : 2010-12-16

PostSubject: Re: Kit and Equipment   26/5/2011, 13:44

cartav wrote:
'Lo Daveb.......... Thanks for the advice. You must have had some problem sighting a Bren in the prone position, though ! And unlike the clever French, whose FA MAS bullpup can be altered for right or left-handed shooters, SA80 is right-hand only.

I'm surprised there's a shortage of .303 even this long after we ditched it. There must have been millions in storage. We did some of those WW1 battlefield tours and found quite a few Mk.V11 & rimless Mauser rounds scattered in the ploughed fields. A bit rusty but better than nowt!

My old no4 now has a 7.62 heavy barrel and plastic furniture, upsets the purists but keeps an old weapon competitive against this new fangled gear out to 600yds

Tried to put pic here but dont know how it will work, used host it but can't see it on preview

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