Alvis Stalwart ~ FV 622 ~ Crazy Amphibious launch.

Discussion in 'Old & Bold' started by TheBigUn, Nov 16, 2010.

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  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:

  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?
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  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.
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  4. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    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. As indeed does The Times;

  6. I always heard that if he had made it across the channel he would not have been court martialled and that Alvis would have given him a job!!!
  7. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    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.
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  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:
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  9. 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...............
  11. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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
  12. Yeah! But it didn't stop us having some ******* good fun down the M1 at Sennelager in them did it?
  13. 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.
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  14. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    there's a couple kicking around dalton barracks in need of a good home and coat of paint

  15. Yeah but,yeah but......................they were still shite!^~