The Sally Bash Van


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I can remember, as a young soldier, when the Sally Bash van used to turn up at the barracks in Aldershot serving tea and selling buns and sarnies mid morning. In the mid 80s the Sally bash pulled out and the two women bought the van and went private.

Does anyone know if this tye of "Sally Bash" still exists?


MiB (who always liked the cheese rolls and the iced finger bun)
yeah, PAY-AS-YOU-DINE naafi in elmpt have a couple of vans and have kicked any other competition into touch, sadly the church army or sally bash vans are few and far between , although there may be one or two still driving around sennelager after taking a wrong turn!
oh the memories... 432 maint in the paddock (which was soooooo unusual in the 80's...not) builders tea and a brace of rolls from teh sally van. good, honest and most of all .... cheeeeep!
Come to 'sunny' Bovington....there's a whole fleet of them here(still excellent value for money!) :lol: and they normally visit twice a pie eating jokes thankyou :D
Not forgeting 'Wolfgang' and his blue van...... that guy went everywhere on the training ground, never saw him get bogged in and the scoff was 'god like' mind you anything compared to 4 weeks solid on menu 'B' ......
The Sally Dosh wagon is currently doing the rounds in Poland at Drawska Pomorskie. Double egg and bacon grill sarnies anyone?
Wolfgang once did a full Coy attack with us. We were doing a large battle group demo for some visiting boxheads. Bridge kit and fascines layed, batsims and lots of warry 432s, Chieftans and periferal kit lined up waiting for the off. H hour arrives and off we charge to defeat a load of 'enemy' with combats turned inside out. Tanks charge across the brigde, taking up positions plus of crossing, Coy moves out with point platoon leading the way. L37 gunners blatting rounds left right and chelsea, batsims, smoke and all. All we needed was the Ride of the Valkyries playing. Following up in between 7 and 9 platoon was a blue Mecedes van, bell going like the clappers. He took the fascines instead of the bridge and arrived at the objective before the Coy commander! On the reorg, the Coy took up all round defence on the van as he got his boiler fired up and opened his hatch. Bratties and Frikadela all round- Boss paid. You just dont get this sort of allied support nowadays!
I'm sure wolfgang sat on every "O" group. He had a canny knack of not getting bogged in unlike the rest of the BG
The Sally Ann wagon that used to pitch up on Ash ranges was always a welcome sight. I can remember asking for a cheeseburger one day and thinking I was a cocky young tom I asked the old girl whether it was 'helmet cheese' or chedder..........." 100% helmet cheese love" said the old bird................we still keep in touch.
The god squad still run a van in Tidworth, when the crazy doris that drives it isn't crashing into the camp gates.

I remember being told that Wolfgangs missus worked in the training area HQ or some such, so probably knew where we were all supposed to be going long before we ever did.
Is that Bratty wagon still outside the main gate at Gutersloh of a weekend night?
I think one of the first tasks of the RE dems team if Crazy Ivan ever really came across the IGB was to demolish Wolfgang and his wagon. I think he was on their measle charts. :wink:

From what I remember, the Bratty wagon outside PRB got the heave ho due to some interesting specimens being discovered that had never been found anywhere else in the Natural Kingdom (or Biological). Last seen being shot off on top of an Arianne rocket for deep space disposal. Tasty tucker when ming monged though.
It was, and you could get a beer and all at o-stupid-30. Still think the Gyros bar under the railway arch next to the Park hotel was the best one in North-Rhine Westphalia*

*Actually the Argentinian Steak House did, but they wouldn't let you in when you were off your face :(

Sorry for going off-thread, maybe we should open a "Best bratty wagon east of Venlo" thread? :D
The butty wagon is still very much in existence in and around Aldershot Garrison. Run by a bit of a miserable sod although he made me laugh a few weeks ago when he told me at his last stop he drove round the corner onto the parade square with his air horn sounding just as a big parade was taking place. He bid a hasty retreat!

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