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Austin Multifuel Cargo Truck
Military Vehicle Photos
No: 1856   Contributor: Roger Mason   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Austin Motor Company   Country: England
Austin Multifuel Cargo Truck

Took a pic of this Isle of Wight vehicle on 30-7-10. It's a 1959 Austin K9 1-ton cargo truck and is one of two survivors of twelve experimental multi-fuel vehicles built for MOD trials. It had a BMC 5.1 litre multi-fuel engine,which has since been replaced with a normal diesel engine.
Picture added on 04 August 2010 at 09:55
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Military Museum, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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I don't think that it was designated as K9, as it was supposed to be a replacement vehicle.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 07 August 2010.
I also have great doubts about the military markings! It shows the badge for 4 Guards Brigade, with the red square on the other bumper denoting infantrz. The number on the red should be, for a brigade, a 7, 8 or 9.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 30 August 2010.
Hi Roger,
While you are at it, could you tell me what the yellow sign is for? I have seen it whit numbers in it also.

Added by AlfvanBeem on 31 August 2010.
MLC plate. Used for displaying the bridge weight the vehicle could cross fully laden. Later on these were painted grey. This vehicle would probably be MLC 6.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 31 August 2010.
Thanks Roger.

Added by AlfvanBeem on 31 August 2010.
Hi Roger,
The MOD (Army) Census Code is 1820-1923. The vehicle was issued to The Royal Berkshire Regiment at Albany Barracks on the Isle of Wight.
In June 1959 the Royal Berkshire and Wiltshire regiments became the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment which went to Tidworth in Oct 1959 taking the vehicle with it.In Dec 1962 the regiment embarked for Malta.
In 1964 the vehicle was released by the Military to the Combined Cadet Force at The Royal Grammar School at Worcester.
Hope this helps

Added by Roger Mason on 31 August 2010.
Thanks. I am surprised that it was kept on after the type was not adopted.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 01 September 2010.
This vehicle is not at the military musium near Newport but at calbourne mill, between newport and freshwater on the isle of wight. The badge on the right is 1st Guards Armoured Brigade.

Added by Alan Williams on 25 November 2011.
There was no 1st Guards Arnoured Brigade at the time this vehicle was on trials. The Orbat at the time had only 4 guards Armoured Brigade (based at Muster, BAOR), and part of 2 (Armoured ) Division (HQ Bunde, BAOR). The high number on the red square indicates a division level unit, and not a brigade level one. The tac-signs also do not fit with the vehicle's history!

Added by Roger Greenaway on 26 November 2011.
There wasn't a 1st Guards Armoured Brigade. The badge is from the Guards Armoured Divison, which accounts for the high number on the red square.

The 1st Guards Armoured Brigade actually existed in WW1, where the badge was first worn. It was readopted for the Guards Armoured Division during WW2. The Division became an Infantry division in 1945. The use of the badge was resumed in 1985. The only tactiacl guards unit is 4th Guards Brigade, part of 2 (Armoured) Division. The Brigade used to be based at Munster, Germany, and has since relocated to Northern England with the rest of 2 Division.

The vehicle, and its personal history, doesn't fit in with the unit history.

In Military Vehicle preservation circles, if it looks OK, than it is OK! Correct markings for this vehicle, based on its history, would be Southern District, and a relatively low number on the red square.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 26 November 2011.
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