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Old 28-04-15, 21:10
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Hello Paul,

Glad you like the pictures.

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Wow! Great photos and showing very interesting details on each. The colour still shows a Kangaroo, but with at least two grab bars welded to the hull as visible in the photo. Normal wisdom has it that these were only on the Wallaby ammo carriers, but apparently at least some Brit 'Roos had them added in the field.
Normal wisdom is right, the rungs or hand rails were not fitted to Kangaroos. But in practice, Gun Towers were converted into Armoured Personnel Carriers (see Mark Tonner's recent articles on this subject), of which the hand rails and rear towing hook were not removed. So externally at least they still looked like Gun Towers, but were in facts APCs.

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The B&W photos show what had to be an absolutely rare beast, A Kangaroo made from a Ram with the Wright version of the radial engine (the external mufflers are the giveaway). Given that these needed 100 Octane gas, they would have been a bear to find gas for in the field with everything else using 87 octane. Would not have thought any were converted to 'Roos for that reason, especially given the supply situation in late 44.
I understand your excitement, but I cannot see such a special vehicle with special maintenance needs surviving in the field in 1944.

As pointed out by David Herbert - a veritable Ram expert I might add - chances are that this late during the war, Wright R975-EC2 engines would have been replaced by R975-C1 (or -C4) radial engines, simply because they would no longer be supported by the supply system. And changing them over was relatively easily: if not during conversion, then by the time the original R975-EC2 was worn out, it would have to be replaced by a -C1, simply because EC-2's were no longer to be had from store supplies.

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Old 03-05-15, 16:04
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Look at this Canadian Newsreel at the 7:57 time.

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In terms of the exhaust and inlet fittings on the actual engines, R975/EC2 and C1s are identical. It is only the exhaust manifolds that are different, and then only to line up with the different type of mufflers. They are entirely interchangeable. The early arangement was intended to keep all the parts under armour. When it was decided that access for maintainence and better (bigger) aircleaners were more importaint the latter design was adopted. Although it happened at the same time as the change from EC2 to C1 it need not have done though as the C1s were supplied with the later manifolds it was obviously better to make the change then.

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Great to know,. I was under the impression that the arrangement of the piping and ducting in the C1s was sufficiently different that their air cleaners _had_ to be moved outside, so a tank with the internal air cleaners would _have_ to be fitted with the Wright. Cool to find out this isn't true. Thanks a bunch!

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Old 25-05-22, 06:41
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A couple more of which I think we have not seen before. Pictures were taken at 't Woold near Winterswijk, and are dated 31 March 1945. According to the source, a fierce fight was fought at 't Woold during which several dozens of German and English soldiers died. Looks like at least four Kangaroos were knocked out.
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Old 25-05-22, 23:10
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Default More 49th APCR Kangaroos

Hi Hanno here are a few more Kangaroos from 49th APCR

Blackpool
Captor
Comet
King John
Mars
Merlin
Neptune
Raider
Revenge
Rotherham
Spear
Tapir
Todmorden
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Old 25-05-22, 23:14
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Old 25-05-22, 23:16
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These come various sources, IWM, Bill and Barry Miller to name just a few.

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Old 05-06-22, 09:20
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Thanks for the extensive selection, Kevin.

Here is a write up on the Battle at ‘t Woold I made for the Sherman Register page a while ago:

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On 30 March 1945, ‘F’ Squadron of British 49th Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment lifted infantry of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment into action. The British Kangaroo Regiment had just added a third fighting Squadron of Kangaroos the week before, converting 52nd Royal Tank Regiment to ‘F’ Squadron 49APCR. The inexperienced troop met stiff resistance at ‘t Woold, near Winterswijk, The Netherlands.

Eight of their Ram Kangaroos were knocked as well as a Stuart Tank that was leading the column. First disabling the leading Stuart, then the rearmost Kangaroo. The column of armour, traveling on a raised roadbed near the village of Winterswijk, was picked off one by one by a lone German ’StuG III’ 75mm tank destroyer. Only one Kangaroo in the column managed to escape.

It was the inexperienced troop’s first taste of combat which resulted in one Kangaroo crewman killed (Cpl. Webber) as well as several infantrymen of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Some burned alive in the disabled Kangaroos.

With credits to:
- the Canadian Kangaroo Regiment Association and Archives for the historic background
- and Klaas Meijer (@klaasm67) for the pictures.


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Old 05-06-22, 11:07
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Interesting, a Stuart VI in that last picture, you don’t see that many photos of those in Commonwealth service, AFAIK.
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Old 05-06-22, 13:13
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Interesting, a Stuart VI in that last picture, you don’t see that many photos of those in Commonwealth service, AFAIK.
There are several pictures of these in Commonwealth service in late 1944/early 1945....Canadian, as well as Polish and also British, you will find a couple of them in the pictures taken in Bergen op Zoom oct 1944, and also Eelde in 1945, so in my opinion pictures of these aren't that rare.....but interesting nonetheless!


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Old 05-06-22, 15:31
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Hi Hanno here are a few more Kangaroos from 49th APCR

Blackpool
Captor
Comet
King John
Mars
Merlin
Neptune
Raider
Revenge
Rotherham
Spear
Tapir
Todmorden
Kevin,

Do you have a listing for TYRANT?

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Old 07-06-22, 13:58
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Thanks for the extensive selection, Kevin.

Here is a write up on the Battle at ‘t Woold I made for the Sherman Register page a while ago:
The first photo looks to a Ram Kangaroo named TARANTULA. I cannot make out anything on the second and the Stuart seems to end T???212.
Can anyone make out anything else.

Cheers

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Old 07-06-22, 14:10
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Kevin,

Do you have a listing for TYRANT?

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Hi Hanno,

Only the census CT 160052 and was part of F Squadron.

Cheers

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Old 09-06-22, 10:26
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Only the census CT 160052 and was part of F Squadron.
Hi Kevin, thank you!
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Old 09-06-22, 10:30
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The first photo looks to a Ram Kangaroo named TARANTULA. I cannot make out anything on the second and the Stuart seems to end T???212.
Can anyone make out anything else.
TARANTULA also appears in a colorized video on youtube, shot at 't Woold: “Liberation Route East Holland in full-color - April 1945" - https://youtu.be/zgiqBwVWcKk

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Hi Hanno,

Only the census CT 160052 and was part of F Squadron.

Cheers

Kevin
Nice work on the model, Kevin!

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TARANTULA also appears in a colorized video on youtube, shot at 't Woold: “Liberation Route East Holland in full-color - April 1945" - https://youtu.be/zgiqBwVWcKk

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This is a clear example of why I don't like colorized black and white footage.......someone made a guesstimate about the colour of the RAM.....brown, green? Or was it red?
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Old 09-06-22, 15:47
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Default Colourized Photographs

I agree with Alex, I despise colourized photographs as I consider them to be nothing more then a guess by the 'artist'. They actually distract from the historical record and unfortunately now show up everywhere with little to no information stating that the image has been altered. The worst thing is that the museum community, the people who should know better, have bought into the colourization process.
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