What are those things on the front of the MK3? Two of them, mounted vertically in the centre of the glacis.
Not fitted on later M1sThey are shaded lights that projected light onto the ground just in front of the tank, reducing the amount of light that could be seen from the enemy’s point of view.
Awesome. Where can I join.Agreed there seems to be very few definitive pictures out there which is surprising.
The following film shows a variety of Centurions looks like there was a mixed fleet at one time the amalgamation parade dates this as 1959. It may be of use to you.
No idea, never read the book! Just thought that Crowood had a good reputation for detail (aviation wise anyway)…A little tale of caution.
Not so long ago a Website asked for an article on the Chieftain. Now me not being mad, and having an inkling of what was involved said 'No way am I getting involved in writing that mess up!', One of our newbies said he'd have a crack. He asked me when Chieftain started, asking if it was 1955.
So I showed him the docs I have from 1946 (if memory serves on the date) which are the start of Chieftain, Then I gave him all the development work that happened in between that.
He's currently done 15 pages, and he's only just got to the prototypes.
I mention this becuase there's more to Cent than Chieftian, and making false comments about starting needed tank books, then failing to deliver, makes David Fletcher's moustache cry.
It's simple. No one gives a flying **** about British kit. Hence why the myth of British shittiness prevails even today. Equally, a lot of the of individuals who write about German kit are hardly likely to say 'No, actually the Germans are clownshoes when it comes to designing stuff, and the British found out they'd forgotten how to make metal quality as bad as German stuff'.
When publishing books you get vastly more points if you can mention Tiger's, panzer's or Hitler in the title somehow.
IIRC aren't Bill Munro's books deemed to be pretty bad and inaccurate these days? Didn't he stop and go back to writing books about taxi's or something?
There was one point, where I had a Motorcycle license and an “H” track licence.My father learned to drive a tank before a car, even though he was a loader/operater.
It was considered good practice to able to carry out other tasks in an emergency.
Allegedly, he only got his car driving licence because the RSM needed some vehicles moving and he was first trooper seen from the office window, dispatched to MT to collect one of said vehicles and a driving licence!
Back in the late 70’s early 80’s there was one of those divisive proposals put forward at an Officers’ Mess meeting of my Regt that the mess commission a silver Chieftain which would not only require the use of a considerable amount of mess funds but necessitated a healthy subscription form all mess members past an present.