Belgium, military vehicles
NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009
Hi again, Bienvenue, Wilkommen, Ciao to you fellow military vehicle enthusiasts
Welcome to our website dedicated to military items and in particular photographs of military vehicles both in service and in private ownership receiving lots of loving care and attention. Well what do we have new this week to whet your appetite ? Starting off, a few more badges were popped on, including ten more British Army shoulder titles and some WW2 anti-aircraft badges. 
We visited the RAF Cosford Museum again at the week end and I have to report that the BRIXMIS Opel Senator is back there again. There’s a great website telling you all about thsi unit, but basically it involved some undercover and clandestine work driving behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. These cars were especially equipped to get in and get out fast and were fitted with a whole lot of gadgets. I’ve added some photos of the car, of which one is below. Also added this week were some shots of the Alvis Stalwart amphibious truck of the 1970′s along with some nice AEC truck tractor units in RAF and Royal Navy markings. By the way, vehicles shown on the site are not just army, we have vehicles from all branches including in the next few weeks some 1950′s/1960′s Home Office vehicles.
Finally, I found a nice photo of a Netherlands Army Faun 6×6 Tractor unit, which I have illustrated below.
Well I must say it feels better this Sunday afternoon now the clocks in the UK are now on British Summer Time, meaning the evenings are lighter and making it easier for us all to work on our old vehicles. With  Easter holidays only 2 weeks away, the show season is almost upon us and Miliblog will be out there adding to our database.
Have a great week, all
Simon
Opel Senator (BRIXMIS 1)

Opel Senator (BRIXMIS 1)

Alvis Stalwart Amphibious Truck (24 EK 26)

Alvis Stalwart Amphibious Truck (24 EK 26)

AEC Mercury 4x2 Tractor (68 AN 91)

AEC Mercury 4x2 Tractor (68 AN 91)

Faun L1212 6x6 Tractor (KN-27-50)(Netherlands Army)

Faun L1212 6x6 Tractor (KN-27-50)(Netherlands Army)

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY, 16 MARCH 2009
 
Hi again, Bienvenue, Wilkommen, Ciao to you fellow military vehicle enthusiasts !
Well here we are again with a resume of what’s been added to Miliblog this week. First, we have added 
many more Diamond T 980 M20 prime movers and T 969 heavy wreckers. The prime movers are all included in the section USA, WW2, heavy weights while wreckers are under USA, WW2, recovery. Even after many years of collecting these photographs It still gives me a buzz to get them out of their albums and study not only the vehicle but also what’s in the photograph as well. See if you can find the Dizzy T 980 with the railway diesel engine on its trailer !!! Also have a look at some of the fashions in the photo, for example have a look at the two trendy dudes siting inside the Humber 1 Ton below – Just click on the photo to enlarge it and zoom in ! If you are out there and still own the Humber, then drop me an email and tell us all about it !
Also added this week have been some Army and RAF fire engines which I hope will be of interest. It’s often not a sector of our hobby that is covered but of course they are military vehicles and should be included.
Added this week are three photos of a lovely old Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor that my wife and I found while on holiday in Cornwall, UK in July 1988. As tempted as I was to give it a good home, we’d only been married a couple of years and so couldn’t really afford to make them an offer. However I wonder who did rescue the old girl ? When I popped the photos on the website, after all these years I just noticed that the number plate JUO 51 was in the same batch of numbers also on Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractors, namely JUO 53 and JUO 54. Was there ever a JUO 52 ? I’ve shown them at the bottom of the page here as I think it just sums up the stages of our hobby. Preowned earning a living as a rescue vehicle, in a ‘please save me’ form and finally in the finished version full revervated. Maybe ‘Royal Blue’, who I think were coach operators in the 1950′s and 1960′s, bought a whole fleet of these Canadian trucks to use at various depots. Can anyone out there help ?
So I hope you all have a great week ahead and with the first day of Spring here this week and the show season ahead, I will say cheerio. Don’t forget, if there are any particular vehicles you are waiting to see arrive on the website, then drop me an email ! There are quite a few more albums yet to add.
Keep on enjoying !
Simon 
2 x Humber 1 Ton GS

2 x Humber 1 Ton GS

  
Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 51)

Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 51)

Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 53)

Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 53)

Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 54)

Ford F30 30cwt LAA Tractor (JUO 54)

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY, 9 MARCH 2009
 
Hi again, Bienvenue, Wilkommen, Ciao

Heard a great story yesterday ! We have a good friend who owns a 1939 Austin 8hp Open Tourer. Although it’s ex-army, he insists of keeping it in a post-war civilian colour of bright red with loads of chrome – don’t worry guys, I’m working on him to paint it army green and get markings on it !!!  He took the car to a show last year and an old chap came over and they chatted. His story was that he’d been an army driver for an officer for the whole of the war, driving him all over the country in an Austin 8hp, like my friend’s car. At the end of the war, he was demobbed and told to drive the car back to a certain barracks and then that was the end of his army life. On arrival at the barracks, he was told to park the car next to a whole row of other Austin cars, hand in the vehicle paperwork in the office, collect his rail-pass and clear off. Now this chap knew this car inside out and had treated it like his baby, so he was sad to part company. He signed off the vehicle, collected his rail-pass but as he came outside the place was deserted. He waited a few minutes, jumped in his old pet and drove off and back home. The car remained in his family for over 20 years until it just rotted away !!!  

Another busy week with lots more photographs added. This week I have concentrated on getting some more US World War 2 vehicles on. We now have over 75 US medium weight GMC 352 and 353 CCKW 2.5 ton truck and after a number of emails we have over 20 pictures of the good old Duck, the GMC 353 DUKW 6×6 Cargo, to give its proper name ! Included are some of the Duck in post-war British Army colours, useful to those of you who are modelmakers and have bought the Italeri 1/35 scale model kit of the Duck in the RASC version. Finally, I’ve added others to most other categories, including some more Jeep photos. The one below I think just captures the 1940′s re-enactment feel, with US Army, civilians and a British Royal Navy Wren. There are over 1700 photographs now on the blog so I hope you find lots to have a look at whatever your interest is !

Below are samples of what you can find

Bye for now and to our friends in The Netherlands ……. Een goede dag verder !  

SIMON 

 

GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (BT-49-NY)(Netherlands)

GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (BT-49-NY)(Netherlands)

 

GMC 353 DUKW 6x6 Cargo (72 YP 65)

GMC 353 DUKW 6x6 Cargo (72 YP 65)

Willys MB-Ford GPW Jeep

Willys MB-Ford GPW Jeep

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