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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2013, 11:38:41 AM »
Well thats the first pic I've seen taken by someone upfront in the audience. Good details. Its is Luscombe?

Here's one at Luscombe taken by Sid Cole 7RAR (via the Stan Middleton 2AOD archive) with the diggers watching someone playing piano accordian.
That trailer behind looks interesting.


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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2013, 12:38:05 PM »
The trailer is a Brockhurst 1 ton trailer usually towed behind a 2 1/2 tonner. They came in to the Army back when we had the Humber 1 tonners. They remained after the Humber was long gone and stayed as is with the tightly curved mudguards until late 60s/70s when the guards were replaced by a squared off type to facilitate use in muddy terrain where the mud stuck to the tyres and jammed the wheels.


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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2013, 11:22:02 PM »
Good photos there; The green bags are looking interesting. Ordinary sandbagging or something else? Whats with the big holes - its not a bombed site is it?

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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2013, 02:35:38 AM »
"The trailer is a Brockhurst 1 ton trailer usually towed behind a 2 1/2 tonner. They came in to the Army back when we had the Humber 1 tonners. They remained after the Humber was long gone and stayed as is with the tightly curved mudguards until late 60s/70s when the guards were replaced by a squared off type to facilitate use in muddy terrain where the mud stuck to the tyres and jammed the wheels."

I think you'll find the Australian Army's trailer was built by Corio Air in Geelong, Victoria, and is an Australian copy of the English trailer, but with local manufacturing techniques employed. There was an interesting thread on another forum about the shape of the guards, which concluded that the shape was changed due to the round guards jamming with mud and the restricted access for cleaning - very much the reasoning behind the Land Rover 'squared' guards. That Corio Air 1 ton trailer thread also had some images of the holes used for the round guards, filled with bolts, and the square guards fitted.

I've not come across anything official with regard to the replacement of the guards with the squared ones, so I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has. The square guards were professionally manufactured, so appear to be an official mod: hence, somewhere, the data supporting the change exists!

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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2013, 09:32:13 AM »
The holes are man made and the green bags are simply brand new sand bags that are being filled from this loamy deposit. We tended to do our bit for the local economy and purely because of this inherent benevolent trait, local labour did most of the digging.


Any kind of solid wall was constructed out of sandbags, blast walls around tents, strong points, vehicle parking bays etc.



We built a servicing ramp for trucks out of sandbags and 44s full of sand and PSP decking . Possibly not the most reliably engineered structure in the world but it worked until a real ramp came over.
The aging process of the material of the sand bag possibly aided by the staining of the contained loamy sand didn't take long to change colour and adopt the local soil colour.
Mike, I seem to remember something vaguely about Corio, (most of my memories are rather vague these days!) somewhere I have a photograph of the nom. plate I think. Will have to search a few more photos.
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Re: ARNs in Photo, book or Video
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2013, 09:55:52 AM »
The sandbagged carpark at N Dat (?) is a top notch photo.
The time involved in all those sandbags...