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Old 31-08-05, 14:26
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I have just found a great picture of "Slippery Sue" a Canadian Armoured dozer.
It is on British Pathe film ID 2145.01 frame 189 and on.
The AoS is 344 with an Army Group diagonal b/ left to t/ right.
According to "British Miltary Markings 1939-1945" that AoS should have the bar below. Is this another book error?
Can anyone make out the WD serial. I have last 4 numbers as 1007.

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Old 31-08-05, 15:11
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"Slippery Sue" should be from 1 Mechanized Equipment Company, 1st Canadian Army.

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Old 31-08-05, 21:14
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Hello Chris,

Thanks for that. Any idea of the colour of the AoS?

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Old 01-09-05, 19:56
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Default uh....Chris.....

First...Howdy.
Long time no hear.
Second, your timing is awful. I'm just putting the finishing touches on my Resi-chunk D7 (un-armoured) from the same unit....Steve G. and I looked into a photo of one from the same unit some time back and concluded that it would be an RCE unit, not RCASC.....so, a blue background was duly hand painted on my Dozer. Same number and A of S sign style though.

Steve mentions in an email that the dozers wre operated by company HQ of Field Park Companies.

So am I repainting this thing in time for Capcon next weekend or what?


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Old 01-09-05, 20:17
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Hi Don,

I thought you had dropped off the face of the world. Good to hear from you again.

I was perfectly happy with dozers being under the RCE umbrella myself, sporting a 344 over a blue background AoS. When I saw a good front frame of "Slippery Sue" in this Pathe film though, the AoS looks to me to be of two distinctly different shades of paint with a split white bar. I'm guessing the colours here and the Corps affiliation, so I'm open to suggestion.

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Old 01-09-05, 21:00
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Don,

Further to my last, the more I look at the photo and having enlarged it, the more I'm leaning towards the distinct possibility that it could be a single light coloured AoS sign behind that "344".

That's more in keeping with the RCE parent corps, which makes more sense to me. The white bar signifying an army unit affiliation. How's that for waffling? If it were me, I wouldn't repaint that D7 of yours.

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Old 01-09-05, 23:30
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For what it's worth, the AoS marking in question is that of 1st Mechanical Equipment Company, R.C.E., who were Army Group Troops (21st Army Group)

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Old 02-09-05, 00:13
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Another 'armoured dozer' of the 1st Mechanical Equipment Company, R.C.E. - Udem, 1945.

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Old 02-09-05, 00:57
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Mark,

Thanks for clarifying that. Now if you can dispose of that AoS sign I mistakenly posted, that would be great. No sense misleading people with my faulty interpretation.

As an aside, the RCE certainly had some colourful names for their dozers. I seem to remember 'Picadilly Commando' as being another.

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Old 02-09-05, 04:00
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Default 'nother 'dozer

This is from the Cdn Archives. taken in Italy. Only markings I can make out are on the side - M7/21

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Can anyone make out the WD serial. I have last 4 numbers as 1007.

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Its not the WD number but the chassis number. 1T1007. This is usually visible on the front of the armoured D7. Strangely, allthough this alphanumeric sequence is typical Caterpillar, they do not list 1T serials in their production list. It has been suggested that these vehicles were assembled by someone other than Caterpillar. 'Normal' D7s being 3T, 4T and 7M serials.
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Old 02-09-05, 21:42
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Another 'dozer' of the 1st Mechanical Equipment Company, R.C.E. - Caen, Aug 1944.

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Old 05-09-05, 20:03
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Default Thank you for your help.

Great help and advice as always guys.


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You wouldn't happen to have a scan of "Piccadilly" by any chance.

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Old 06-09-05, 17:01
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If you have it, Picadilly Commando appears on page 198 of Don Graves's South Alberta Regiment history.

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Old 06-09-05, 20:43
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The spelling please Chris?
Piccadilly ( as in London ) has two c's.
I have just found another little gem of a dozer on British Pathe called "Jaq (c) ueline", although I am not sure what sort it is.

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Old 07-09-05, 13:37
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Yes, the name has two c's.

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Default Armoured Bulldozer

Here is a drawing by official Canadian War Artist Capt. O.N. Fisher. Caption reads "Engineers clearing roads through Caen". AoS number is '48'

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Old 27-12-05, 01:14
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Here is a drawing by official Canadian War Artist Capt. O.N. Fisher. Caption reads "Engineers clearing roads through Caen". AoS number is '48'

Just to add to what Clive said, I've seen the painting of this drawing and the dozer's AoS serial and formation sign are that of the 3rd Field Park Company, R.C.E. which was part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

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Old 27-12-20, 21:34
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Here's anther picture of an Armoured Dozer

IWM BU 4333
"A bulldozer demolishing a road block for the entry of British armour into Bremen."
Date: 1945-04-25

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Old 19-02-21, 14:22
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Looking through a museum’s archive of scans, I just came across these two pages from the London Illustrated News from 11 November 1944, that I thought might be interesting/amusing here:

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(In the scan, the first page was blank above the part shown here, so I trimmed it down.)
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Old 19-02-21, 17:58
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Jakko,

Thanks, interesting to read how they tried to explain the weapons of war to the general public.
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Old 19-02-21, 18:00
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Default British Pathe: Invasion Scenes Europe 1945

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I have just found a great picture of "Slippery Sue" a Canadian Armoured dozer.
It is on British Pathe film ID 2145.01 frame 189 and on.
The AoS is 344 with an Army Group diagonal b/ left to t/ right.
According to "British Miltary Markings 1939-1945" that AoS should have the bar below. Is this another book error?
Can anyone make out the WD serial. I have last 4 numbers as 1007.
Here's a link to the film: https://www.britishpathe.com/video/i...nes-europe-14/

Note you can view it as a film or as stills.

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Old 02-08-22, 12:52
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A minor part of these bulldozers, but I found PDFs of original manuals for the winches used on the D6A and D7A:

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The serial numbers indicated are technically not for the armoured versions, but the D6A was basically a D6-5R with an armoured cab and hydraulic dozer blade and the D7A was a similarly modified D7-7M, so I doubt the winches would have been very different.

Edit: I just realised that site is making linking to the right page difficult. In the menu on the left, choose Allied Winch → Operator’s Manuals → Archive to find the ones I mentioned above.

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Old 02-08-22, 14:21
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Nice find Jakko!

Good to see some manufacturers still provide this sort of information to the users of their products.
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Old 03-08-22, 11:20
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There is probably more stuff there that some restorers might find useful, but I didnít really look beyond a quick glance.
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