NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 4 MAY 2009
Hi there, bienvenue, wilkommen !
I hope you all had a great bank-holiday Monday at least in the UK. Again for all you MV enthusiasts out there all over the world, Miliblog has been able to add a further 100 photos onto the website. This week we’ve added many WW2 Canadian Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet trucks varying from 15cwt, 30cwt and 3 tonners. Also we’ve added 6 x Volkswagen Type 82 Kubelwagens to the German section, since we seem a little short of vehicles from the Fatherland.
We went off today to visit the Nesscliffe Show near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. There’s some beautiful countryside round there and the show is held in the Army’s Nesscliffe training camp. After the past couple of years of the show attracting heavy rain, this morning was really warm and sunny so a good afternoon’s photo session of Green Machines was on the menu. However, we searched all over the area, went into the camp, called out the guard at the guardhouse as we looked a security threat (!) and after an hour of searching came home !!! Please chaps, if the event is on, can we have some signposts to tell us where you are ? The guard did phone the organisers who told him they were there, somewhere, but we never found them !!! So sorry guys, no photos for you of the event.
It looks like this year, events in Normandy in June are really going to be quite exciting. There are many events planned and magazines like Classic MV or indeed our own MVT Windscreen magazine will have more details. From the UK, I know the MVT tour is well subscribed for a long time. There must be other tours arranged from other European countries so we’d love to hear about them. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us, so we can share this with other enthusiasts.
There are many of you that, like me, have visited Normandy and the landing beaches many times and know our favourite towns or villages to see. For others, a trip to Normandy this year may be your first, and maybe you’re wondeing what to expect ! From my personal experiences, the Normans are quite independent people who consider themselves Normans first and then French second. Quite friendly, they appreciate it if you as least make an effort to speak French to them, even if you’re not perfect. To wave your arms around and point always results in being ignored !!! How would we deal with foreign visitors here in the UK ?!!!
I adore the French foods and wines and love visiting the supermarche and seeing what’s available. I remember a massive one in Bayeux just opposite the War Museum which had a huge selection. Just remeber though, if you want a steak in a restaurant look out for bifsteak. Often just steak means that you’re getting meat that once neighed !
To finish this week as usual, I’ve shown below some of the photos we have added this week. One of them is quite unusual. It’s a Chevrolet F30 that once was a an LAA body but was changed to an Ambulance body. Which came first, anyone out there know ?
Have a great week !
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 !
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.
NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 20 APRIL 2009
Hello and welcome again to Miliblog !
Well what exciting new stuff do we have for you this week. Firstly we’ve added another 100+ photos from the collection now taking us to over 2,100 in all on the website. With this amount and the number of visitors each day means our website designer is working on increasing our bandwidth to make the downloads faster for you. I know how irritating it can be wanting to see the photos but having to wait.
So where are these new photos ? Well all over the place ! We have some more British 1980′s + tanks in thier section, we have some more British WW2 Medium Weights and at last we have started the WW2 preserved German vehicle section. This was a nice VW Schwimmwagen at the Class Car Show at the NEC in Birmimgham in November 2008, which was a jaw-dropping moment when I saw it. Despite lying on the floor in front of it and having a tantrum, they wouldn’t let me take it home ! But one small criticism is the camouflage. Is it more Maori rather than German ? What do you think ? Email me and let me know !
Looking back through the collection, I came across some photos of a show I attended back in 1977, which was the Himley Hall Classic Car Show, nearly Dudley in the West Midlands. So I thought i’d start a ‘shows visited’ section, which you can visit.
Also I came across some holiday photos when we were in Malta and Cyprus. I’ve added in the Bedford OYD with the broken back into the British WW2 Medium Weights but shown one below to whet your appetite. The Thornycroft crane was in Malta in 1990 at a delightful bay called Marsascala and was being used to lift heavy building blocks. However I understand since from a contact in Malta that it’s no longer there.