Glen expands on the unit's nvolvement.
|1 ALSC Tipper 116716 and Mk3 on board Vung Tau Ferry departing Brisbane May 1965 bound for Bien Hoa.|
|HMAS Sydney tied up at Hamilton Wharf Brisbane in May 1965. These vehicles belonged mainly to 1 ALSC which comprised of elements of Artillery, R.A. Engineers, RAASC, RA Sigs, and other corps supporting the 1st Battalion, hence the white numbers on black background Tac signs (Non corps specific).|
|Series 2 gunbuggy belonging to 87 Tpt Pl (111-578) then 1 Pl HQ 109 112-983, then a “packet” of Mk3’ setting out on a resupply convoy from Vungers to Nui Dat. (Note wire cutters fitted to both Land Rovers). Packet commanders in L/Rs carried 25set radios, trucks nothing|
|1 Platoon Mk3 170-135 (Note 31 Tac sign and 1 Div Formation sign,) followed by assortment of 87 and 1 Pl vehicles forming up for resupply convoy.|
‘Little Toot’ ARN# 111-578, 87’s S2 Gunbuggy (I must admit it was commonly referred to as the ‘gunjeep’) taken in the’Bowl’ a natural depression amongst sandhills outside Vung Tau. This shot would have been taken about May June 1966, prior to wire cutter being fixed
Mk3 170-378 in the “bowl’. Note the Yellow top third of the headlights. I was informed at the time that all vehicles were to have this mod as a courtesy to the Vietnamese, presumably to shield the high beam, which on our trucks threw left, being right hand drive. This would have been inconvenient to oncoming traffic considering the traffic travelled on the wrong side of the road by our standards. I note that 5 Coy vehicles’ lights (Mk5s) weren’t painted this way. Perhaps by 1967 they were fitted with left hand drive light bulbs that threw the right way. I would be interested to hear any ideas on the subject.
Note the vehicle ARN stencilled onto the tray sides. This was done so that after a truck was converted to a flat top, drivers knew who’s bits were who’s when the reassembly took place. These numbers may well be worth looking for on any restorations.
|Early water truck. Mk3 no 170-998 was fitted with a “bladder” and pump and each night picked up potable water from the water point and delivered it to each individual unit in the ALSG.|
|Unfortunately this photograph is in about the same condition as was 170-362, when the shot was taken. 170-362 was fitted with a water tank, pump and hose reels and replaced 170-998 about Nov. or Dec. 1966. Not only did this water truck simplify the delivery of water but it was also a great way to get back from town after curfew!|
|Unloading engineer stores from LSM Vernon Sturdy. This particular task involved moving 96 tons of stores on 6 trucks and nothing even looked like breaking. Even though the Mk3 was classified as a 2 ½ tonner, this was a “cross country” rating. The actual capacity of the truck greatly outweighed the limits the army placed on it.|
|87’s 170-137 in the “Bowl”.|
|1 Platoon vehicle 170-204 on convoy. Note 1 ton trailer behind tipper.|
|Tail end Charlie gunbuggy waiting for convoy to form.|
|Convoy preparing to set out.|
|An interesting predicament|
|Everybody seems to be in the same boat here|
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