CHIEFTAIN

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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Phil Woollard » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:11 am

Thanks Stephen, if I come across black overalls I will let you know but maybe Keven has the answer and dye some, although Terry Davis looks like he is going sky diving in his pair! G
I have just ordered a full crew compliment of 58 webbing from the Bay, so you guys better be quick or your turret baskets will be empty! The back packs don't seem to be out there but it's a start.
If anyone finds bergens and or doss bags and possible ground rolls do let us know? 8)
I love doing the research and collecting the ancillaries.....Happy Phil.
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Re: CHIEFTAIN

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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Stephen White » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:56 pm

Indeed so! Phil, I think the Pixie suits were still around in the early seventies but nobody in the tanks wore them as they restricted movement too much. Some of the Stalwart boys might have worn them but I don't remember them being at all common. We had useless thin black coveralls with no protection or style. I managed to get hold of a pair of the old cotton style when I was with the Australian Armoured Regiment and I had them dyed when I got back. Pockets everywhere and really warm. I also managed to "acquire" a helicopter survival vest which was much more practical to carry pistol and survival kit, rather than trying to reach for a 58 pattern web belt order stowed at the back of the cupola.

The pack looks rather too Gucci for us!

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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Mark Heaps » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:44 pm

Stephen White wrote:
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I also managed to "acquire" a helicopter survival vest which was much more practical to carry pistol and survival kit, rather than trying to reach for a 58 pattern web belt order stowed at the back of the cupola.
I crewed a CHARRV that "acquired" a set of Lynx helicopter rear seats but we only managed to hold onto them for about 4 days. The Lynx was called in on a CASEVAC ( Causualty evacuation for the non-military here) and the seats had to be ditched to get the seriously injured person in and fly him out. The seats got lifted onto the back decks and we then hid every time we heard a chopper approaching. Eventually the pilot found us, landed directly in front of us and came out shouting "Give me back my seats, you w**k*rs !"

REME lost a young but potentially very good VM in that incident. He jumped onto the tank to replace the injured loader for the rest of the exercise, enjoyed it so much and transferred to the regiment we were attached to.

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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Pete Nash » Thu May 09, 2019 5:16 pm

I went to the Muckleburgh Collection last Monday and took these shots of the one there.
Couldn't do anymore as it is jammed in between others so concentrated on front details. Hope they are of use to someone.
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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Richard Goodwin » Thu May 09, 2019 6:34 pm

Thanks for the pictures Pete; some good detail on the STILLBREW. Could be worth adding to the 'Stillbrew' thread perhaps?

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Post by John Wiggins » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:41 pm

I took these photos on my last visit to Tank Fest 2014.
I stopped the car on the way up to the car park above Tyneham.
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This will give you an idea where I stopped
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View over the ranges from the car park.
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Finally excited customers :wink:
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Re: CHIEFTAIN

Post by Adrian Harris » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:46 pm

2014. And I still haven't sorted out the droop snoot on the T-34 ;-)

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