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Army vehicles; from horse drawn to horse power
Egypt, 1915. A horse-drawn water cart (tank) mark II (commonly known as a Furphy, after the Australian version manufactured in Ballarat) at a 1st AIF encampment. A second cart pulled by two draught horses is partly visible at right. (Donor J. Richardson)
Cooks of the 58th Battalion with their field cooker (mobile kitchen) at Dickebusch, near Ypres, where the 5th Australian Division rested after the Third Battle of Ypres. Identified, left to right: 2334 Private (Pte) P N Bennett; 3520 Pte A Findlay; 3251 T W Stanard; 3712 Pte B Crowl (standing foreground); 4649 Pte G R Wythe; 1688 Pte F A Greaves.

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Harefield, England. c. 1916. Side view of the military ambulance used at No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital (1AAH) for conveying patients, staff and goods especially to Denham Station. Five military personnel are seated in the ambulance while four medical staff, most with red cross arm badges, stand and sit outside. Note their eye goggles and how two of the men are smoking cigarettes. (Donor R. Brown)

Some of the WW1 vehicles as shown on a set of cigarette cards 1916

S J Hubbard 4th Aust. Motorised Transport Service Company of the Australian Army Service Corps, 1918 with a Thornycroft truck
  • 1931 model Albion motor lorry as used by the Australian Army
  • 1933 model Albion motor lorry as used by the Australian Army
Click to enlarge A WW2 Royal Australian Navy ambulance with two female crew in full uniform.
Click to enlarge Korea, 1952-12. A Scammel 6 X 4 Wrecker (Recovery Vehicle) At 16th Infantry Workshop, Royal Electrical And Mechanical Engineers (REME). Registration Number 19rh19, The Wrecker Was Nicknamed Cherry Girl, Which Is Painted Above The Windscreen. Behind Are The Canvas Workshop Shelters And A Bedford Cabin (Ql Model). (Donor J.C. Dittmar)

Willeys Jeep WW2 era

Click to enlarge <<< This 1952 model Vehicle General Purpose (GP; hence the nick name "jeep") is the type used in Korea but is basically unchanged from the WW2 model. Note the machine gun.>>> Click to enlarge


Trailer as used behind Jeeps.

F15A Ford Blitz and Willys MB Jeep

F15A Ford Blitz and Willys MB Jeep

Click to enlarge <<< An Austin Champ behind a former SAS LRRP Land Rover

Mark 5 International from the Viet Nam era >>>

Water delivery truck, Mark 5 International, Viet Nam circa 1968
Click to enlarge <<< This long wheel base Land Rover was reconfigured by being accidentally dropped from 3,000 feet from a helicopter.  A SAS Regiment long range recon patrol (LRRP) using their specially modified Land Rovers.>>>>> Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge Nui Dat, Vietnam. C.1967-12. Mk3 International truck from the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), transport platoon with beer rations outside the 7RAR lines. A sign on the front of the truck reads `Beer truck Do not delay'. Donor (H. Clement)


Click to enlarge The 6 wheel drive Perentie Infantry Mobility vehicle. Used as an interim measure until Bushmaster arrived. 
Cambodia, 1992-09-02. Three Australian members of the Force Communications Unit (FCU) of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), standing beside a mud-caked UNTAC tracked vehicle.   (Donor S. Ayling)

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