NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 27 APRIL 2009

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 27 APRIL 2009

Welcome once again to the Miliblog weekly update !

Well we start off with a response to Martin from Norfolk who emails us to say he enjoys visiting Miliblog but asks why do we have to sort the photos out into so many categories ? Well Martin, the answer is quite simple. Curretly we have over 2,200 photos on the website and still many more to come. With so many MV enthusiasts all over the world, some of you have certain areas of interest, for example WW2 American or current British army or even just anything to do with Land Rovers. So we have broken down the categories between Military Vehicles and Aircraft, between nationalities, in service or preserved, and so on. Hope this helps, Martin !

This week I was passing through Lichfield in Staffordshire, had a hour to spare, so I visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Whittington Barracks just outside the city. The full details of the visit are posted under the Museum Visits heading but needless to say some nice vehicles including a Ford T16 Universal Carrier that needed some tlc. The chaps there are looking for an engine so if anyone out there can help, I’m sure they’d be pleased to hear from you.

Well, what’s new this week ? Well a further 100 photos have been added in various places over the website. One particular photo I like is a Bedford OXB 30cwt postwar conversion in the Netherlands, which I’ve copied below. ‘Geschonken door de Gemeente’ I think translates something like gifts or welfare from the community. Perhaps some of our regular visitors from The Netherlands could help ? Another photo is of an Australian Army ‘Careers Advisor’ VW Minibus, taken in August 1979. The back was fitted out as an office area where the potential recruits were given the sales pitch, it was painted in a high gloss camouflage to attract the punters.  Just to illustrate how wide our hobby spreads across the world, I’ve just added a Dodge WC-51 Weapons Carrier owned by a Japanese enthusiast. Actually, I’ve noticed we get quite a few visits from Japan, so here’s one just for you !

The Events page isn’t as good as we wanted and so we’ll be spending some time with our software guru over the next couple of weeks to make it easier to use, so apologies for that. Next week, on May 9/10 sees the MV Show at Nesscliffe near Shrewsbury which is always a good friendly show. Let’s hope the weather is kind to them this year. All being well, Miliblog will be there reporting on the event, meeting up with some fellow enthusiasts and adding further stuff for your delight.

Have a great week !

Simon         

Bedford OXD 30cwt Dutch Canteen

Bedford OXD 30cwt Dutch Canteen

VW Minibus Australian Army Careers Advice (27-900)

VW Minibus Australian Army Careers Advice (27-900)

Dodge WC-51 Weapons Carrier (Japan)

Dodge WC-51 Weapons Carrier (Japan)

Located 3 miles from Lichfield in Staffordshire on the main A51 road to Tamworth at Whittington Barracks

Entrance fee – Adults £3, Children £2

Visited April 2009

The regimental museum covering the North and South Staffordshire Regiment, is located just off the main road and is separate to the main barracks. Outside are a number of vehicles including a Ferret Mk2, an FV432 and best of all, to me anyway, a Ford T16 Universal Carrier. They also have a Spartan CVRT APC, a Wombat anti-tank gun of the 1970′s and a captured Iraqi MTLB from the 1st Gulf War. None are fenced off so you can go and ‘touch an MV’.

One remarkable project at the side of the museum is a 100 metres of a First World War trench system. To walk into it and along is quite an experience. The floor is covered in wooden duckboards which has then, rather cleverly I thought, been covered in chicken wire to stop you slipping. The sides are lined with sandbags and as you walk along, you experience various parts of trench life, such as an officer’s dug out, a firing platform, a sniper’s lookout. The museum has a number of events planned in the trenches throughout the year from reenacting a night in the trenches in November to Christmas carols later on.

On the other side of the museum are two different Anderson shelters from WW2, each with furniture inside. When you look inside and imagine how damp and cold they would have been on a winter’s night, it certainly opens your eyes. They also have a dummy UXB (unexploded bomb) sticking out of the ground which gives atmosphere. The museum links in with schools and presents a wonderful opportunity for the history students to experience things at first hand.

Now we move inside the museum and are greated by very friendly staff and are most helpful in answering any questions you have on the exhibits. The museum is split into a number of displays relating to various periods of the regiment’s history and covers from the 1st Gulf War back to the Opium Wars in China in the early 1800′s. There are many artifacts in display cases along with models and dioramas of various actions. A couple of BSA folding para-bicycles, some heavy machine guns from WW1 and a number of dummies dressed in various uniforms of the period are also on display.

Major Robert Cain of the South Staffs won a VC (Victoria Cross) at Arnhem in 1944 and the actual Dennison jacket he wore in the action is on display. As an aside, he was also the father-in-law to the TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

It’s certainly worthwhile a visit to the museum, probably on a more sunnier day than when I went. Chatting to one of the staff about the T16 Carrier and any plans to bring it under cover, he replied they were trying to find a engine to get it working again for open day events, but I got the feeling that funds were tight and extending the building to bring it indoors was just a dream. It’s such a shame to see this old warrior left out in the elements to just rot away in time.  

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