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If you drove Chieftain, then we were in at the same time. We may well have got drunk together, so whatever that swear word that you described yourself with was, I'm sure you're not. Unless i find out that you owe me money, then you're deffo a ******
And we stuck to names beginning with ‘C’.
Back in the early 80s, when the MoD had a future MBT project going with the French, there was once a meeting held at GIAT, in Paris, where a possible name for the vehicle was discussed.
The UK rep pointed out that our tanks had a long (-ish) tradition of having names starting with a ‘C’, so he felt ‘Crecy’ would be suitable!
‘Ballon en plomb’ time on the French side of the table.
The suggestion was not taken up.
(I heard this from the French project manager, by the way.)
No you were'nt dreaming. I remember Col F walking into the hangar while we were changing one. He didn't look very happy. Tech tried to blame it on the driver training round Soltau, said we'd been too aggressive