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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 23:04 pm 
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Can anyone tell me what the '42' means on this Jeep's differential case? I have a suspicion but wondered what others thought.

Also, were all British jeep differential cases painted white like this?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 23:23 pm 
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Matt, when and where was this photo taken because the spare wheel is in the wrong position
on the back for a start just my 2 pennyworth
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Most British vehicles had white painted diffs but I'm sure some got missed! Im sure 42 is for Royal Artillery, Also some Airborne Jeeps had the wheel there, they weren't all stripped down flat, you can get a Jeep in a Horsa with the wheel still on!

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This jeep was hit by a mortar bomb in the woods at Arnhem and exploded shortly after this shot was taken.

As you say, not all Airborne jeeps had the wheel on the front. There was officially a mod to move the spare wheel carrier in slightly towards the centre of the back panel on signals jeeps but I don't think that has happened here.
My suspicion was that it is a divisional marking but 42 would be 1st Airlanding light regiment RA wouldn't it? Like you mentioned and how do you tow a gun with the spare wheel in this position?

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The wheel doesn't fail the rear towing eye, so the artillery piece isn't a problem, anyhow without a front view of this scene there also could have been a front located spare wheel ? the driver being extra careful out there on the road to Arnhem, lots of nasty men with sharp things :)


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Ref the question I asked isn't the spare wheel set to far to the right hand side of the rear of the jeep
this would stick out of the side by about 8 inches or 200mm
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Well, whether it is or it isn't, this is a well documented Arnhem picture. So clearly it happened! :lol:
I know what you mean and perhaps the wheel was replaced upon landing and removal from the glider?

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Well known Arnhem picture of Airborne Jeep with spare wheel on the back!


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I was going to post this one too! So thanks! It also shows the modification moving the spare wheel hanger in towards the centre of the rear panel.

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There was a mod to allow the Spare wheel to still be mounted on the back of the Jeep, there are also some photos of Jeeps of teh Antitank units with the spare wheel mounted to the side similar to that on the American WC series trucks. It would fit that RA vehicles often had mounting points on the front bumper to hold Round canisters as well as on the bonnet.

It could have been simply that the spare wheel was detached and stuffed in the back of the Jeep/Trailer/Glider etc?

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