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Judd Wilkinson
February 25, 2016

Joined: February 12, 2016
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Judd Wilkinson

February 25, 2016

When Scouse was in the Beer bar in the NAAFI in Detmold, he used to put all tables in a big square and ruled like an emperor. When I was on duty and I had to clear the NAAFI,Scouse would get a me drink and I would then ask him to clear the Bar, he would then say "clear the Bar " the lads would then drink up and quietly leave. Paddy Doyl once when he was on duty, just walked into the bar and shouted "Clear the Bar " He was showered with chairs and tables. They had to call out the Riot Squad to clear the NAAFI. We had a good laugh about it for ages afterwards. Good old Paddy.

February 28, 2016

Joined: January 1, 1970
Posts: 10
Judd Wilkinson

February 28, 2016

The post card that John Webster posted as A Sqn is in fact Centurion Mk8 45 BA 78 that was issued to 2 Troop C Sqn in 1956 in Osnabruck. I was Troop Cpl and we were tasked to trial them. The Centurion Mk 8 was the first Cent with a split lid to the commanders cupola. If I remember rightly, we had to run up 500 miles on x country driving at Achmer trg area.we then supplied the results to the powers to be. You can make out the 2 troop C Sqn sign on the turret bin. I think that I may still have a photo of the same vehicle on C Sqn hanger apron. What a coincidence after all this time. The Mk 8s were never generally issued. Another thing that was unusual, was the fact that fans were not as usual on other Mks driven by belts but by prop shaft drives. They were apparently never as reliable or as easy to maintain or service as the belt drives!.


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