Amazing. I remember the 1978 rear party when 2RTR tried the same thing. I think they were in lurrv with the Chinese eyes. They did have slightly more success with another vehicle.Incidentally, we had a couple of guys who decided to pinch a Chieftain one night in York Kaserne, Muenster. It was heard starting up and several members of the guard managed to get down there in time to see it rumbling out of the hangars. Obviously there was nothing they could do to stop it so they just stood to one side. It must have been fitted with a 650bhp pack because it had done no more than 100 yards when there was a clang as a piston flew out the top of the block and hit the T piece.
2RTR did quite a raid the night before Cambrai day same year using yellow paint around Brigade stables, Brigadier's car and a few other bits and bobs. RMPs let the dogs loose in D Sqn block - wee P... T..... woke to one slavering on top of him in his scratch.