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A ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry mounted with a 13 pdr. Mk.4 Gun on a Mk.I High Angle mount, photographed in action in Palestine.

Note the array of tools fixed to the back of the lorry's tailgate, and the cased rifles attached to the back of the driver's cab.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Although this photograph taken in Salonika, is not a particularly clear photograph, there are enough clear details, including the radiator design, to confirm this as being a ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry, again mounted with a Mk.4 13 pdr on a Mk.I High Angle mount.


The AA Gun's crew, seen going into action, are wearing the ' slouch hats ' issued to British troops serving in Salonika.



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Lancashire Fusilier

Here is that same ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry as seen in the previous post, photographed from the rear of the lorry.


The 2 British Officers, one wearing a peak cap and holding a telescope, and the other wearing a slouch hat and using a Rangefinder, can be seen in both photographs in position behind the ' Packard ' AA Lorry.


We also, have a clear view of the slouch hats issued to British troops serving in Salonika.



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Lancashire Fusilier

An American made ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry, again mounted with a Mk.4 13 pdr Gun on a Mk.I High Angle mount, this time photographed in service in Egypt.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Here is a nice photograph which Keith ( Rockdoc ) first posted on 29th October 2013, showing a ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry mounted with the No.1 Gun belonging to the 98th Anti-Aircraft Section, seen in service in Salonika during 1918.

This photograph, clearly shows several of the key ' Packard ' Lorry features.

LF

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For those interested in ' Packard ' lorries and motorcars, the Packard brothers who founded the Company, plus lots of other ' Packard ' information and many photographs, just enter ' Packard ' in this Thread's search box.

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As an interesting aside to posts #4752/53 showing the ' slouch hats ' being worn by the ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry crews in Salonika, here is a series of photographs which document the varied use of the ' slouch hats ' not just by the mobile Anti-Aircraft Gun crews, but also by the infantry and other units.

The first photograph, taken at the start of the Salonika Campaign, shows British troops unloading heavy artillery at the docks in Salonika, and we can see British troops wearing soft caps, a Glengarry, and several wearing slouch hats, indicating the early use of slouch hats in the Salonika Campaign.

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

The Medical Officer of the 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, himself wearing a ' slouch hat ', tends to the feet of men from the 77th Brigade who have been taking part in exercises in the hills above Salonika during April, 1916.

Again, this photograph shows the widespread use of slouch hats by British troops during the Salonika Campaign.

Also of note, the portable ' Field Medical ' chests being used by the M.O.

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

Men of the 1st Royal Irish Regiment wearing ' slouch hats ', marching along Seres Road into the Struma Valley, Salonika, during June 1916.

British troops wearing slouch hats either wore them with the brim turned down, or with one side of the brim turned up and secured with their regimental cap badge.

LF

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Infantry Officers serving in Salonika were also issued with ' slouch hats ', as can be seen in this very interesting photograph of a group of Officers from the 12th Battalion the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, shown taking ranges during five days of tactical excercises in the hills north of Salonika during April 1916.

LF

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Officers from the 77th Brigade seen enjoying a pic-nic tea break during exercises being held in the hills above Salonika during April 1916, again we see a mixture of officer's headwear, including slouch hats and a Tam-o'shanter.

LF

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Some final ' slouch hat ' photographs before moving on, which again clearly show the widespread issue of slouch hats to British troops serving in the Salonika Campaign.

The first two photographs, show British troops serving with the 77th Brigade, resting while taking part in excercises in the hills above Salonika in April 1916.

LF

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As an interesting aside to posts #4752/53 showing the ' slouch hats ' being worn by the ' Packard ' Anti-Aircraft Lorry crews in Salonika, here is a series of photographs which document the varied use of the ' slouch hats ' not just by the mobile Anti-Aircraft Gun crews, but also by the infantry and other units.

The first photograph, taken at the start of the Salonika Campaign, shows British troops unloading heavy artillery at the docks in Salonika, and we can see British troops wearing soft caps, a Glengarry, and several wearing slouch hats, indicating the early use of slouch hats in the Salonika Campaign.

LF

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Interesting photo of an 8" howitzer being off loaded, I actually used this photo to get an idea of the carriage layout when building a model of the gun. I did not know it was for Salonica, just had the photo without credits.

Thanks.

George.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Interesting photo of an 8" howitzer being off loaded, I actually used this photo to get an idea of the carriage layout when building a model of the gun. I did not know it was for Salonica, just had the photo without credits. George,

George,

Pleased it gave you the Salonika location.

Regards,

LF

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British troops wearing ' slouch hats ' and serving with the 77th Brigade, are seen resting while taking part in excercises in the hills above Salonika in April 1916.



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An interesting circa WW1 photograph, and the only one I have seen, which shows the correct method of carrying the ' slouch hat ' when not being worn.

LF

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Lancashire Fusilier

A British Tank's ' Seeing Eye '

Currently, on display at the Imperial War Museum, London, is a Mark V Tank No. 9171 named ' Devil ', which saw service on the Western Front during 1918, the bodywork of which is painted with a ' Seeing Eye '.

However, this Mark V Tank No. 9171, was not the first British Tank to be painted with a ' Seeing Eye ', the painting of a ' Seeing Eye ' on the bodywork of a British Armoured Vehicle has it's origin in 1917, when a wealthy Malaysian businessman Mr. Eu Yew Tong Sen, donated sufficient money for the purchase a Mark IV Male Tank from William Foster & Co., of Lincolnshire, as his personal contribution to the WW1 British war effort .
One of Mr. Tong Sen's strict stipulations, was that his donated Tank would be painted with a ' Seeing Eye', which in Chinese mythology would ' ward off evil '.
Mr. Tong Sen's Mark IV Tank also had a ' Dragon' painted in the Tank's front panel, and a brass plaque was also attached to the front of the Tank detailing Mr. Tong Sen's donation.
Mr. Tong Sen's Mark IV Male Tank, serial No. 2341 was completed at Fosters in March 1917, and on 20th November 1917, went into service in France with the Tank Corps ' F ' Battalion 18 Coy, as ' F56 ' commanded by 2nd Lt. H.A. Aldridge. Tank F56 is known to have used two names ' Fan Tan ' and ' Firefly ', with Fan Tan probably being it's original name.
In March 1918, Mark IV Tank No. 2341 was in service with the 6th Battalion, and commanded by Lt. Munroe.
In June 1918, it was known to have been sent to the Tank Corps Central Workshop, there appears to be no record of the Mark IV Tank No. 2341 after that.
For his generous contributions to the British war effort, Mr. Tong Sen was awarded an O.B.E. in 1922.
Mr. Tong Sen died on 11th May, 1941.
The first photograph, one of a series I shall be posting, shows Mr. Tong Sen's donated Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, complete with it's stipluated ' Seeing Eye ', undergoing trials at Fosters in Lincolnshire after it's completion on March 10, 1917.
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The Imperial War Museum's Mark V Male Tank No. 9171 named ' Devil ' and painted with a ' Seeing Eye ', was built by the Metropolitan Carriage Wagon and Finance Co. in Birmingham, and saw service on the Western Front during 1918.

After WW1, it was returned to Britain, and was in service with the 4th Battalion, Royal Tank Corps. It was withdrawn from service in 1925, after which, It sat for many years as a gate guardian outside the entrance to the Royal Armoured Corps Training Establishment at Bovington, Dorset, where it deteriorated significantly.

Though fully restored, the Tank is missing both sponsons and it's armaments. These were not supplied when the tank arrived at the IWM in 1966 for restoration. It is displayed with a wooden mock up sponson and gun on the port side. The starboard side has been left open, to allow the public to view inside the tank. The tank is also missing its exhaust system (replica in place) and some engine parts.


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A Tank Corps' Austin Armoured Car Model 1918, painted with a ' Seeing Eye ' on it's turret.

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Mr. Tong Sen's donated Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, showing it's stipluated ' Seeing Eye ', and the brass presentation plaque attached to the Tank's front panel, below which was the painted ' Dragon '.

The Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, is shown undergoing trials at Fosters in Lincolnshire after it's completion on March 10, 1917.


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The front view of Mr. Tong Sen's donated Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, showing the brass presentation plaque attached to the Tank's front panel, below which was the painted ' Dragon '.

The Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, is shown undergoing trials at Fosters in Lincolnshire after it's completion on March 10, 1917.

Note the small electrical lights fitted to either side of the Tank's front, which would have been removed once the Tank went into service.


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Shown in this photograph third from the right, back row, is wealthy Malaysian businessman Mr. Eu Yew Tong Sen, along with his 10 sons.

Mr. Tong Sen, O.B.E., donated sufficient money for the purchase a Mark IV Male Tank No. 2341, subsequently named ' Fan Tan ', from William Foster & Co., of Lincolnshire, as his personal contribution to the WW1 British war effort .

His Mark IV Male Tank ' Fan Tan ', saw service on the Western Front.

LF

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patrick Eggs

Hello LF ,still following good to see the Austin AC with the seeing eye 1918 model ? location may well be the 17th AC and many thanks for the vast coverage of motor cycles and side cars .

Regards CR.

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

Great photos as always LF, but immeasurably enhanced by the addition of your background notes.

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Lancashire Fusilier

Hello LF ,still following good to see the Austin AC with the seeing eye 1918 model ? location may well be the 17th AC and many thanks for the vast coverage of motor cycles and side cars .

Regards CR.

CR,

Many thanks for the reply, and your kind comments.

Yes, I agree, that is a 17th ACB Austin., and just behind the man standing in the centre is a partial view of the 17th ACB's 3 vertical stripe marking.

Here is another Austin Armoured Car Model 1918 belonging to the 17th Armoured Car Battalion, same model, with those same markings. Unfortunately, we cannot see if its has a ' seeing eye '.

Regards,

LF

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