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Vehicle Research => Series 3 Research => Topic started by: GGG on October 28, 2019, 07:25:22 PM

Title: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on October 28, 2019, 07:25:22 PM
Did series threes originally carry coloured drop in (or bounce out) tac signs? Mine came with the remains of black painted ones which were not in vogue when I left the service.
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: Chazza on October 29, 2019, 08:50:19 AM
Yes they did.

Bouncing out never happened to me, but thieving by other units was common,

Cheers Charlie
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on October 29, 2019, 02:21:09 PM
We found that they bounced out on an exercise in PNG and disappeared into the mud. As ours were the only army vehicles within a bull's roar we put the remaining ones in the Q store until we came home.
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on October 31, 2019, 08:25:33 PM
OK does someone on this forum do reproduction coloured Tac signs?
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: Mick on November 01, 2019, 08:33:37 AM
G`day Geoff,

What unit you after ?

Cheers,

Mick
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: THE BOOGER on November 01, 2019, 01:08:02 PM
Yep Hot rod on here and ebay does tac signs for most units
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on November 01, 2019, 01:54:26 PM
Thank you Geoff I will follow up in due course. I am after the green and yellow one division sign and a white on black that no one here has ever heard of, I over 564. If anyone can guess the unit the reward will be several presses of the thanks button.  :)
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: AGAS 5 on November 01, 2019, 05:48:18 PM
In Stephen Taubert's book 1/564 is recorded as '1 FVNT MED COY'. I am certain this is a transcription error and that it should read '1 PVNT MED COY', which in full stands for 1 Preventative Medicine Company.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on November 01, 2019, 07:13:21 PM
Well done that man! In the Vietnam era it was 1 field hygiene company and I believe that it morphed into a malaria research unit before it finally disbanded. I believe that you are correct in your assumption about the transcription error.
When I was posted there as a RAASC driver I wondered why the medics could not drive themselves. With all due respect we soon worked that one out.
I will now take cover.
Geoff O.
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: Mike C on November 02, 2019, 10:10:15 AM
AGAS5, do you have a 1st edition (Green cover)? It's 1st PVNT MED COY on page 358 & 372 of the improved (red cover) edition.

In the 1990s, designated as Environmental Health Units - but whatever the official nomenclature, more commonly known as 'Blowflys'.

(I'll duck for cover, too!)

Mike
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: Mick on November 02, 2019, 05:37:15 PM
Mike,

That mention of the "blow fly" reminds me of a battalion athletics carnival when in the chain of command relay our unit blowy ran a leg and the whole battalion buzzed as he ran past.

Funny to watch.

Cheers,

Mick.

Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: armyjeep52 on November 02, 2019, 05:42:28 PM
The tac signs from hotrover are really good, plus he gives you a correctly cut metal square to stick the stickers on, and they fit the holders not like the ones I had cut.
Cheers Ken
Title: Re: Series 3 tac signs
Post by: GGG on November 02, 2019, 08:16:28 PM
Yes, they were the blowflies and we of the RAASC had the pleasure of operating their vehicles.
Geoff O.