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Offline Ned260

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Markings painted over
« on: August 24, 2014, 01:49:18 PM »
G'day everyone,

My GS that has been based at Banyo and Enoggera its entire life (according to the logbook), has 'R3' stencilled on both doors, and on the tailgate. however at some point someone has painted over these markings, along with a 1st Division insignia on the tac plate holders that I have just repainted. Any info of what the R3 means would be appreciated, also, on the other tac plate holder is the number 42, I've seen this on other vehicles and assumed they are from the same area perhaps?

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Re: Markings painted over
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 02:44:06 PM »
42 would indicate 105 field battery arty :)

check out the Australian Army vehicle markings page in restoration information

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Re: Markings painted over
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 03:48:07 PM »
Hi Ned,

R3 is one of the four Forward Observer parties in a gun battery (R1, R2, R3 and R4) under the old Field Regiment organization prior to 2011, now they call them JOST, Joint Offensive Support Team.

In 2011 they took them out of the batteries and combined the JOSTs in Observation Post batteries - I don't know if they still use the same tactical markings. In 2013 they started to reorganize back to the original system but I think the JOSTs are still separate from the gun batteries.

42 was allotted to the senior field artillery regiment in an infantry division and currently the only regiment to use this number is 1 Regiment Royal Australian Artillery. Currently its batteries are A, 104, 105 and 114, I've lost track now of which are gun and which are OP btys, and I think 114 might not yet be raised.

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