Vickers Medium tanks in 6 R/T/R

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Vickers Medium tanks in 6 R/T/R

Joined: June 2nd, 2007, 11:55 pm

July 29th, 2012, 11:42 am #1

What markings would there have been on an early war Western desert Vickers Medium tank of 6 R/T/R?
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Joined: March 23rd, 2009, 11:38 pm

July 29th, 2012, 11:10 pm #2

Do you mean Vickers Light tanks?

Does this help?
http://www.armouredacorn.com/Reference/ ... mplete.pdf

Cheers,
Ken
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July 29th, 2012, 11:36 pm #3

Ken.

The Vickers Medium Tank MkII (with the 3Pdr).
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Joined: April 28th, 2005, 2:06 pm

July 30th, 2012, 7:10 am #4

What markings would there have been on an early war Western desert Vickers Medium tank of 6 R/T/R?
AOS 26 on red, Formation white disc on red square. Blue tactical markings. Caunter camouflage.
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July 30th, 2012, 9:02 pm #5

Blimey, I didn't even realise 6RTR had Mediums but having just looked up their war diary I see now. Nice - another one to add to the wishlist.

But wasn't it just 2 regiments with 7 Armd Div up until Oct 1940?
With 6RTR being the junior regiment each time then the AOS would have been 25 and yellow tac markings until Oct 1940 - and the Mediums were long gone by then..


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Joined: June 2nd, 2007, 11:55 pm

July 30th, 2012, 11:36 pm #6

Thanks for the info Mike.

The Caunter bit suprised me, as I thought that the Mediums had gone before its introduction.

I eagerly await the resolution of the A.O.S marking discussion between you & Ken.
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July 31st, 2012, 7:28 am #7

I should have read the question properly, thanks Ken. The mediums were replaced by A9s in August 1939 onwards. The never took part in any actions. The tanks were sold to The Egyptian Defence Force. Some were commandeered back in June 1940. Three were dispatched to Kufra but one caught fire on route and was abandoned. A old correspondent of mine drove these with 6 RTC from 1937. These tanks were then cream & red disruptive painted to a standard pattern. No markings were carried other than a WD number. Mail me.
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Joined: June 2nd, 2007, 11:55 pm

July 31st, 2012, 7:58 am #8

Thanks for clearing that one up Mike.

I would be interested to know of any more details as to the Camouflage & markings of the 6 R/T/R Mediums on or after June 1940.
And any other Western Desert use of this type of tank by other R/T/R post September 1939.
Can you help with either?

Best wishes,

David.
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Joined: January 11th, 2008, 6:42 pm

August 1st, 2012, 12:37 pm #9

Does your Caunter book cover the Vickers Medium scheme Mike?

So the picture of Rommel in front of one of these must have been taken at Kufra then. Has anybody any idea of WD numbers? I really feel the need to make this now!
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August 1st, 2012, 7:47 pm #10

What markings would there have been on an early war Western desert Vickers Medium tank of 6 R/T/R?
The only unit to have Vickers Mediums in Egypt were 6 RTC later RTR. They were all replaced in August 1939 by A9 cruisers. Caunter design was trialed by March 1940 and came into general use by July therefore none ever carried Caunter design. The 2 dozen or so photographs I have of Meduiums taken between 1936 and 1939 show a standard disruptive design unique to 6 RTC. In 1935 they carried a different random stripes design, and one picture shows a light coloured triangle on the turret. But be aware that the wartime sequence did not apply then. Other than that none of the photographs show any markings at all, not even civilian plates. Those photographed with Rommel were old ex-Egyptian Force tanks in a plain colour, possibly overall Mid Stone BS.62 as set down in the 1939 G.O. No markings can be seen on those either.
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