Alvis Stalwart ~ FV 622 ~ Crazy Amphibious launch.

#1
I happened across this on my You Tube travels.

The quick way to launch a Stolly. The driver was either extremely brave or extremely foolish or a bit of both. :-|

Bloody things used to scare the shite out of me when they back fired but the back of the fitters Stolly was always warm and dry when you were stuck in the woods doing a pack change during the night. :biggrin:

[video=youtube;3mr_pCrhTkk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mr_pCrhTkk[/video]
 
#2
The Stolly, what a great bit of kit and along with the SLR, very symbolic of my early soldiering career. It was way ahead of its time, which is why they often pop up in films like Lara Croft Tomb Raider as the futuristic troop carrier. I remember that the lads in Stolly Troop were also the biggest bad asses in the regiment. So all the more suprising that one of them let me, the new fresh faced rupert, have a cabby in one on Soltau - it was mega.

Edited to add the old urban myth about the lad who went absent in a Stolly and tried to swim the channel. Any truth/details?
 
#3
Reminds me of river crossing traing on the Weser in about 1968. We were taking the usual time prepping our 432s, greasing the doors, raising the aprons etc. Along came the French Canadian 22nd Regiment in their 113s, pulled up the splashplates and entered the water in much the same way as that Stolly. They all drove off from the far side long before any of us got onto the water.
 

AlienFTM

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#4
Edited to add the old urban myth about the lad who went absent in a Stolly and tried to swim the channel. Any truth/details?
There are plenty of people who have identified a (Tinny Tenth? iirc) Hussar who still goes to Royal Hussars reunions and there are apparently plenty of his peers who back up the story.
 
#5
There are plenty of people who have identified a (Tinny Tenth? iirc) Hussar who still goes to Royal Hussars reunions and there are apparently plenty of his peers who back up the story.
As indeed does The Times;

But now for the 'myth';
The following account of the event occured in an account of a Court Martial appearing in The Times of 24th November 1965.
Anyone with access to The Times archives will easily verify this.

Originally Posted by The Times
ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ACROSS CHANNEL

Hohne, Nov 23-
A Rhine Army trooper from Bristol who tried to cross the English Channel in an Army five-ton amphibious vehicle was sentenced to eight month’s detention here today. He was found Guilty of being absent without leave and three other charges.
He entered the water from Belgium but had to land near Calais, where he was detained.
A District Court Martial was told that Trooper Robin Wilfred Painter, 20 of the 11th Hussars, had planned to England after a 400-mile drive from his barracks at Hohne.
He then planned to cross the Irish Sea from Liverpool to Ireland where he had planned to ditch the stolen vehicle.

In a statement he was alleged to have made to the military police Painter said he took the vehicle on September 22 and set off to drive to Belgium. At the time he was under open arrest after a similar escapade in August when he drove a car to a Belgium base, where he surrendered after being absent for 24 days. Sentence is subject to confirmation
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AlienFTM

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#7
I heard that he got within about a mile of the English coast, realised he was running low on fuel, turned round and went back.
 
#8
**** me,the rose tinted glasses,are in abundance.

It was a piece of shite,expensive and a pain in the arse to maintain,limited on track mileage,average x-country capability,a joy to drive on the road (not),and you couldn't look at the engine unless,you unloaded whatever you had on the back,if you swum one,nine times out of ten,the rubbers on the load compartment leaked,wow.:roll:

Looked great,pity it didn't perform and,yes I've driven them,after two postings to RCT Div Regt's,I should hope so!:hmm:
 
#9
I happened across this on my You Tube travels.

The quick way to launch a Stolly. The driver was either extremely brave or extremely foolish or a bit of both. :-|

Bloody things used to scare the shite out of me when they back fired but the back of the fitters Stolly was always warm and dry when you were stuck in the woods doing a pack change during the night. :biggrin:

[video=youtube;3mr_pCrhTkk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mr_pCrhTkk[/video]
I might be wrong but I think that is one of the civvy Alvis test drivers and that took place just outside of Coventry
 
#10
More than likely to be a civvy - it was never a Div Tpt Regt SOP to toot the horn on entering the water obstacle...............
 

rampant

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#11
No it's a privately owned one in Norway:

"Stalwart 6x6 amphi
The Norwegian way to go into the water
Remember 9 tonnes...

driver Jo Holdhus, Eidsvoll-N Norway"

It seems to have come from a Dutch company that specialises in selling them, and doing custom civvie conversions

AmphiTech Meppen
 
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Kirkz

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#12
**** me,the rose tinted glasses,are in abundance.

It was a piece of shite,expensive and a pain in the arse to maintain,limited on track mileage,average x-country capability,a joy to drive on the road (not),and you couldn't look at the engine unless,you unloaded whatever you had on the back,if you swum one,nine times out of ten,the rubbers on the load compartment leaked,wow.:roll:

Looked great,pity it didn't perform and,yes I've driven them,after two postings to RCT Div Regt's,I should hope so!:hmm:
Yeah! But it didn't stop us having some ******* good fun down the M1 at Sennelager in them did it?
 
#13
I might be wrong but I think that is one of the civvy Alvis test drivers and that took place just outside of Coventry
Definitely nowhere near Coventry or on test from Alvis. I think it was someone about ten years ago recreating the German test where they drove it off a jetty. The film and pics are out there.
Roof rat you are right on all counts but some day one will be mine.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#14
there's a couple kicking around dalton barracks in need of a good home and coat of paint
 
#16
**** me,the rose tinted glasses,are in abundance.

It was a piece of shite,expensive and a pain in the arse to maintain,limited on track mileage,average x-country capability,a joy to drive on the road (not),and you couldn't look at the engine unless,you unloaded whatever you had on the back,if you swum one,nine times out of ten,the rubbers on the load compartment leaked,wow.:roll:

Looked great,pity it didn't perform and,yes I've driven them,after two postings to RCT Div Regt's,I should hope so!:hmm:
Sort of shows your knowledge here! :wink:

Never had problems with them - except when towed back back from the flats to camp with a dead pack and by another Stolly with a Straight Bar! :grin:
 
#17
Did I spy a chinese eye on that Stally?
 
#18
Sort of shows your knowledge here! :wink:

Never had problems with them - except when towed back back from the flats to camp with a dead pack and by another Stolly with a Straight Bar! :grin:
Yeah,we always wondered why a 'straight bar',wasn't part of the CES! ;-)


At the end nobody could swim them,and their load capacity was limited but,they were useful for heating water J/cans in the rear louvres.

When my last Sqn went on a roulement tour,we spent longer putting them into,and bringing them out of Heavy Pres,than we did running them on the road that year.

I'm not saying they weren't different but,when your whole existence was based on 'lift capacity',and reliability,they were a waste of space,and surprisingly delicate (not squaddy proof). :meditate:
 
#20
Iirc wasn't wheel wind up a bit of an issue on them?
a white line painted along the wheel hubs, if when parked up, if said line, isnt in line, take a dozen railway sleepers, placed out and drive over them at speed, or take said machine to a muddy field for a sharp run, this could, and did, elevate ''wind up''......
stolly's with a POL pod made for much fun........ esp when flame came from the exhaust !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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