The British S-Tanks.

#1
On the offchance that anyone here was in Germany in 1973/74 (RTR, I think, from the cap badge and black uniform), does anyone know if the British S-Tanks had any markings akin to the Union Flag on the fender of a Chieftain? I know they had the British license plate on the front, and the callsign on the back, and some had names on the side, but I'm looking for any indication to the totally unaware that the things were crewed by Brits. Flag on the antenna, perhaps?

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the_boy_syrup

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#2
#5
the_boy_syrup said:
Try this

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=36208.html

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Chieftan at traffic lights union flag on rear mudguard

Sorry don't know how to cut and paste pics on here
Ta, but I was just giving Chieftain as an example of the sort of marking I was looking for. The tanks in question were a squadron of ten Strv-103s.

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AlienFTM

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#6
In 1976, based at Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth, many was the morning we'd see a Chieftain heading out onto the Plain, having been cut up to become a de facto S Tank, with no turret and the 120 in the glacis plate. Never came to owt.

We also occasionally saw what ISTR was called Centaur: a Series 3 Landrover converted to be a halftrack.

I always assumed these both came out of Bhurtpore where 4/7DG were based, but I have no evidence.
 
#7
the s tank in 2rtr munster was called,,cyclops,,,it was in c sqn..
shq.,,,i remember it being on the tank park,, but no one was allowed to play with it..
 
#8
I remember someone telling me that they did an Ex against S tanks about 1974( could be wrong) or so, ( I joined in 74, Regt in 75) and they just sneaked round the back of them and blew them away everytime. But apparently it was pretty nifty being able to drive the S Tanks from every crew position. :p
 
#9
When did they remove the S-Tank from Munster, sure it was in a hangar locked up still in 1978???
 
#12
AlienFTM said:
In 1976, based at Aliwal Barracks in Tidworth, many was the morning we'd see a Chieftain heading out onto the Plain, having been cut up to become a de facto S Tank, with no turret and the 120 in the glacis plate. Never came to owt.
Interesting. Any photos exist?

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#14
Not on public display at any rate. (Or did you mean the Strv-103?)

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#16
Aha. I've been advised of FV4401 Contentious.





Think the one behind Contentious is the Cut-apart Chieftain Alien mentioned? Fenders look the same, a little higher up, but that just could be because of less weight of metal/turret pushing down.


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the_boy_syrup

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#17
California_Tanker said:
the_boy_syrup said:
Try this

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=36208.html

Page 3 about 10 - 11 down
Chieftan at traffic lights union flag on rear mudguard

Sorry don't know how to cut and paste pics on here
Ta, but I was just giving Chieftain as an example of the sort of marking I was looking for. The tanks in question were a squadron of ten Strv-103s.

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Sorry end of a long night shift
Misread your post
 
#18
I remember seeing an S Tank at Bovvy in about late 1968. They had it bimbling around on the proving grounds for a few months.
 
#19
From my short time as a Sgts Mess bar man in 2RTR (sometime in 1988/89 Fally) there were several pics in the scruffs/cellar bar of the S tanks maybe a property member for 2 RTR Sgts Mess may have access ?
 
#20
think you will find that those pics are also at bovington tank museum already...they,ve also been used in most afv books ever published,,,
they show the ,,cyclops tank ,,crewed by ,,driver windy,
and commanded by,,sgt bill.
 

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