The Registry Of Ex-Military Land-Rovers Au, NZ, etc

 The Series 2 Forward Area Ambulance is one of the more unusual and ingenious variants of the land rovers used by the Australian Army. Little is known of their history or numbers, and few survive in their original condition today.

Based on the short wheelbase Series 2 or 2a land rover, they were converted to be able to carry 2 stretchers on top of the tub of the vehicle. This was facilitated by an extended floor extending beyond the tailgate of the vehicle, an extended set of canopy hoops, and a longer canopy to cover the extension. Whilst it appears that they were only used in country during the Vietnam War, because of the lack of information and photos of the vehicles it's hard to tell. The canopies can be easily confused with a long wheelbase canopy as they appear to be the same length, however the window is in the forward half of the canopy to line up with where it would be on a normal swb canopy. Recently some of these canopies have emerged from a number of sources both in the vinyl type canopy as well as canvas ones.

It would make sense that they were an in the field modification as only a very small number of the larger long wheel base ambulances were taken to vietnam, and their size meant that they were not as manoeuvrable as their shorter counterparts. They were also a more valuable asset that commanders tended to want to keep away from the fighting. This gap in casualty evacuation appears to have been filled by these shorty ambulances.

If anybody has any more photos or information about these vehicles, please do not hesitate to contact REMLR.

A list of known vehicles can now be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Update: It appears that these vehicles were used in Australia as one REMLR registrant recalls them being used at Infantry Centre Singleton in the late 70's and early 80's by Reserve Units in Support of Cadet annual camps.

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The FAA can just be seen on the RHS of the image on the outskirts of this airfield in Vietnam.

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Another vietnam photo, this time only showing the front of the vehicle, but showing the short wheelbase and distinctive cross making.

Who is that man? he is Gordon Boyd (Bandsman and Infantry platoon medic) of Jannali NSW in Vietnam 1965 D Coy 1RAR

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Outside the RAP in Vietnam.

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Another vietnam photo, but this time showing the entire vehicle to good effect.

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This AWM photograph shows a tarped up FAA on the foreground, interestingly the cross on the door appears to have been painted over.

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This AWM photo shows a FAA being unloaded from a ship.

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This AWM photo whilst not focusing on the vehicle shows the overhang at the rear well.

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This photo from ANZAC Steel shows a FAA with hastily applied camouflage of mud, presumably in Australia.


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Another photo of Paul Handel's from ANZAC Steel showing the rear of a FAA (again, presumably in Australia) very well.

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Copyright Phillip Hastings . This vehicle belongs to Phillip Hastings and at the time these photos were taken in late 2010 it's restoration was almost complete, and ready to be displayed at the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum, WA.

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Copyright Phillip Hastings. 2010. The bumperettes and pintle hook were still to be refitted at this stage.

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Copyright Phillip Hastings. 2010.

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Copyright Phillip Hastings. 2008.

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Copyright Phillip Hastings. 2008. The centre rear bow was still to be fitted as well.

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From the DMO newsletter, Remember when articles by Mike Cecil. A Series 2 FAA, is this the "Prototype" ?

ARN
WB
Date
Contract
Series
Census
Nomenaclature
Engine
Chassis
Body
REMLR No.
Notes
Disposal
Vehicle Name
110-519 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151916101 143901478 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame' - 'Forward Area Ambulance'. 28.11.73 -
110-587 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911780 143900992 - NSW. Was noted as fitted with stretcher, then struck out. 05.02.71 -
110-606 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911114 143901088 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 09.10.68 -
110-610 88 20.01.1959 C104530 Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910871 143901081 1757 21 NSW. Noted as Fitted w/Stretcher frame but then struck out. 09.07.69 -
110-642 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151912003 143901003 - NSW. V2AOD. Fitted with Stretcher Frame 08.08.71 -
110-650 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151912526 143901112 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.11.73 -
110-651 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151912576 143901126 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 27.09.68 -
110-660 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911697 143900967 - NSW. Fitted with Stretcher Frame 22.11.68 -
110-662 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151912434 143901104 - NSW. Was fitted with Stretcher frame, then tipexed over. Converted back to CR. 18.09.72 -
110-686 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911103 143901167 - NSW. Noted as Fitted w/Stretcher frame but then struck out. 15.08.69 -
110-716 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911307 143901170 - NSW. Noted as fitted with stretcher frame, but then struck out 16.05.68 -
110-757 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151912522 143901200 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 29.07.71 -
110-811 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151915162 143901459 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.03.79 -
111-060 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151900965 143900801 - SA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 23.05.69 -
111-075 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910536 143900694 - SA. Fitted with stretcher frame 05.08.71 -
111-088 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910952 143900808 - SA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 05.08.71 -
111-110 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151909072 143900453 - WA. Fitted with Stretcher Frame 16.03.71 -
111-125 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151909088 143900401 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 18.12.70 -
111-127 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151909344 143900445 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 16.03.71 -
111-151 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151908135 143900353 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.10.67 -
111-157 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910361 143900760 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. For sale in Perth's Quokka in late 2008. 05.11.70 -
111-183 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910696 143900735 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 03.12.68 -
111-195 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151908365 143900360 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame TV.VP/Q113'. 06.11.70 -
111-553 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914400 143901335 - Vic. VUSD. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. Vietnam reference in documents, BER. dec68 BER, jan69 'Issues', awm98-r723-1-5-1.pdf MVA 20.03.69 -
111-580 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914272 143901314 - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 20.08.70 -
111-584 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911411 143901248 - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.03.71 -
111-623 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914833 143901371 - Vic. Fitted with Stretcher frame. ADE Trials photo as Command Recon. John B., ex-ADE, REMLR page Image Link 11.05.71 -
111-629 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914887 143901372 - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 02.04.70 -
111-637 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914623 143901385 - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 01.11.69 -
111-642 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151914826 143901364 - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 27.01.71 -
111-693 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911600 143900910 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.05.68 -
111-723 88 1959?.? - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911976 143901037 - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 19.07.68 -
111-768 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151909269 143900462 - SA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.01.69 -
111-798 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151910698 143900751 - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 08.05.70 -
111-813 88 1959 - Series 2 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 151911032 143900831 - WA. Fitted with stretcher Frame 25.08.70 -
112-350 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25146087D 24303961B - Qld. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 23.08.74 -
112-408 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143920C 24303629A - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.08.77 -
112-484 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25146158D 24303998B - NSW. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. VUSD. 24.02.82 -
112-500 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143977C 24303615A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. Seen at 'Pick a part' 2010 17.02.81 -
112-534 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143923C 24303600A - Vic. Archive Photo as Forward Area Ambulance, Vietnam. 03.03.72 -
112-559 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25142729C 24303449A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.02.81 -
112-567 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143925C 24303625A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.12.78 -
112-576 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25142883C 24303468A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. V2AOD. 17.06.69 -
112-585 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143396C 24303546A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 05.08.80 -
112-611 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25144909C 24303818A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 13.10.80 -
112-642 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25144924C 24303786A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 07.12.78 -
112-643 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25145036C 24303790A - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.02.81 -
112-711 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25144546C 24303718A - SA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 30.06.77 -
112-741 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143936C 24303585A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. Spotted in padock 2008. Rough but complete. 2009R 17.05.77 -
112-751 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143929C 24303599A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 24.01.77 -
112-756 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143959C 24303590A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. Vietnam service mentioned on this page http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~ihg/Vietnam1.html 12.01.77 -
112-758 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143927C 24303602A - WA. Fitted with stretcher frame 03.11.76 -
112-762 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25145932D 24303851B - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 25.09.78 -
112-763 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25143937C 24303641A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.05.77 -
112-764 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25145673D 24303889B - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 27.06.74 -
112-775 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25145668D 24303858B - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 14.04.76 -
112-786 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25141785C 24303307A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. Archive Photo, Rolled on roof in Malaysia? 24.02.82 -
112-791 88 1963 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25141766C 24303312A - WA. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 28.11.77 -
113-198 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25165351F 24305326B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 09.07.79 -
113-209 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25165353F 24305339B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 18.09.80 -
113-215 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25165217F 24305354B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 08.06.79 -
113-216 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25166710F 24305400B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 29.10.80 -
113-238 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25166728F 24305378B - Vic. Ebay 2010. Claimed to be a medical unit?
Appears in Vietnam MP Reports (Accidents, stolen etc), 1970-71M
Archive Photo
2012, census changed to 6005A as it had not been transcribed over in error.
28.11.77 -
113-248 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25164501F 24305423B - Vic. Noted as Fitted w/Stretcher frame but then struck out. 19.05.78 -
113-249 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25166730F 24305380B - Vic. 09.06.80 -
113-345 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25164850F 24305460B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 24.02.82 -
113-347 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25168318F 24305550B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 11.02.80 -
113-350 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25166361F 24305496B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.02.81 -
113-384 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25168335F 24305571B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 26.06.79 -
113-391 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25166360F 24305539B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. ANZACsteel archive. Forward Area Ambulance mod. 1/15 RNSWL 1975. 04.08.82 -
113-461 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25169319F 24305644B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 24.02.82 -
113-467 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25169336F 24305634B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 17.02.81 -
113-503 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25163766F 24305590B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame.' 18.10.82 -
113-680 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170022F 24305684B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 18.10.82 -
113-718 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170387F 24305748B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 23.03.79 -
113-727 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170405F 24305749B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 25.01.80 -
113-731 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170025F 24305679B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 26.09.74 -
113-734 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170025F 24305675B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 24.04.79 -
113-745 88 1964 - Series 2A 6005A Truck, Utility, 1/4 Ton, GS, With Stretcher Frame 25170410F 24305754B - Vic. 'Fitted w/Stretcher frame'. 18.10.82 -

 

 

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