What was the best (or worst) military bus you ever travelled in, in BAOR

#2
We never seemed to get on a bus that often as there were more than enough Stalwarts that we could freeze to death in the back of!
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#3
I always found that as soon I was on the bus, I was ordered "off the bus" again. I don't actually recall going anywhere in one.
 
#4
Bus? Sorry, the duty bus has gone to Rinteln to pick up a load if nurses for the NAAFI bop.

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#5
We never seemed to get on a bus that often as there were more than enough Stalwarts that we could freeze to death in the back of!
Your Regt obviously dipped out on the bidding for ranges, you had to be on the ranges during the school holidays in order to get the coaches as they were all allocated to get the brats to school rather than troops to the firing point.
 

Bouillabaisse

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Buses in the good old BAOR days were longer and bigger and more powerful. When you hit someone with one of those buses they went down and stayed down. The modern buses in service today with their small fuel tanks and weak brakes just don't have the range or stopping power. "Most bus journeys are 200km or less." Huh!
 
#9
Often we would be advised - the company will prepare to move from grid ### to grid ### by helicopter. The helicopter would never arrive but a bus would.
 
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Best was the ride back to camp on the Progress bus after ENDEX called at Zossen Wunsdorf. Sure I saw Gladys there a few times.
 
#14
Went on a trip to the ducking pool at RNAS Yeovilton the once. Up at stupid o'clock in the freezing cold, onto an equally freezing cold bus for a trip down South. At least the water was warm.

At the end of a site guard in Germany, a SNCO came up to some of us and advised us that as we were the first to leave the site, we'd best get on the bus else we'd be stuck with the baggage in the back of the 4-tonner. We immediately raced for the 4-tonner, doss bags out, into the reverse prone position all the way back to barracks. Easy life!
 
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bokkatankie

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#15
do you want me to move this to the MT forum or the hole?
Hobby's and Interests?!, this was a vital part of the cold war, buses, apparently, saved the western world from soviet domination.

I still think it was the bus of nurses from Rinteln, when they got lost and turned up at the IGB, the entire Warsaw Pact lost any further interest in invading, there being, frankly, no point.
 
#16
Oddly all the buses I travelled on in BAOR had a bloke called 'Smudger' who'd shout 'can anyone smell diesel?' Before letting rip with a stomach churning, eye watering fart...
 
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cloudbuster

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#17
Buses of BAOR were nothing like as much fun as the 'blow-me-up-buses' of the Emerald Toilet.
 
#19
Not strictly military, but it was the one from Hameln NAAFI to Victoria bus station (London) in 1986 so I could get to collect my brand spankers Fiesta XR2 (rare as hens teeth those).
It was full of pads wives, in itself no bad thing, but also fully equipped with about 350 screaming rug rats. On route we visitted just about every garrison/outpost frequented my Her Majs armed forskins.
The journey took about 13hrs, but only cost about DM 80 so it wasn't all bad. Just most of it.
 
#20
Worst bus: so we flogged it up the A1 to some god forsaken RAF base so they could take a bus down at endex. As expected most of the windows got broken as they pumped it full of gas.

Oh how we laughed when the spare bus went VOR and we headed south back down the A1 through the night in a windowless, gas sodden bus, smartly dressed in our maggots and respirators.

Laugh? I nearly cashed my credits in.
( pay and pay book correct Sir)
 

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