Land Rover Series III HDL 163V

A collection of images of long wheelbase Land Rover Series III HDL 163V. The owner informed me that the vehicle had served with the RAF’s No.102 Squadron where it was used as an airfield hack and as such only had around 23,000 miles on the clock when he purchased it a few years ago. He told me he added the black to the camo and fitted the radio equipment himself. He also made the replica smoke grenade dischargers which are actually painted aerosol cans.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins


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Land Rover Series IIa Lightweight 84 KB 48 – Mortar Fire Controller’s Vehicle

A collection of images of Land Rover Series IIa Lightweight 84 KB 48 configured as a mortar fire controller’s vehicle of the 5th Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment taken on the grounds at Caldicot Castle.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins

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British Army Bedford M-series truck F229 LKL & Land Rover Defender 61 KB 36 at Fortress Wales 2016

A collection of images of a Bedford M-Series logistics truck (F229 LKL) and a Land Rover Defender 110 (61 KB 36) configured with radio equipment.

All photos were taken on May 1st 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins


 

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Land Rover Series 3 Ambulance JOR 787L at Brooklands Museum

A collection of pictures of ex-British Aerospace Land Rover Ambulance JOR 787L on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins


 

The vehicle is based on the long-wheelbase (109 inch) Series 3 Land Rover built between 1971 and 1985 (this vehicle was built in 1973 making it one of the early Series 3s). The vehicle was originally owned by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd before being absorbed by British Aerospace and was operated at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Unfortunately during my visit the vehicle was not open to photograph the interior.

 

Military Land Rovers from Fortress Wales 2015

Land Rover Series III Army camouflage

Peek-a-Boo! A heavily camouflaged Land Rover 109-inch Series III


Land Rover Series III Lightweight

It’s not a Jeep! Committed Land Rover enthusiasts will no doubt headbutt you if you call it a Jeep. The so-called Lightweight Land Rover (sometimes referred to as Half-Ton Land Rover or Airportable Land Rover) was a stripped down version of the short wheelbase Series III Land Rover. The reduction was intended to allow the vehicle to be carried as an underslung load by a Westland Wessex helicopter.


Communications Land Rover Defenders

There were two Land Rover Defenders configured as communication vehicles at Fortress Wales 2015. These vehicles would normally have a crew of two and would be used to relay communications between the area headquarters and the frontline troops.

The owner of the older vehicle was kind enough to talk me through some of the equipment inside the vehicle.

 

 

An interesting comment on the Shorland SB300

It’s always rewarding to have first hand accounts passed on. This morning, Michael Howes made this interesting and quite frightening comment on one of the images of the Shorland SB300 in Defence of the Realm’s galleries.

I would like to thank Michael for this informative comment and share it with everyone.

On a similar matter I would like to once again thank everyone who has read, liked, subscribed, commented or contributed to Defence of the Realm since its inception. 2015 is Defence of the Realm’s first full year and what a year it has been. I have learned so much myself working on articles and keeping up to date with the latest news but more importantly I have made several friends along the way who now get repeatedly pestered by me on Twitter.

Season’s greetings to you all.

Tony Wilkins

SB300

Shorland SB300 at Fortress Wales 2015 Event

On display at the Fortress Wales 2015 event at Caldicot Castle was this Shorland SB300. The vehicle has quite an interesting history being built on a LWB Series IIa Land Rover chassis. It is No.9 of a total of 10 vehicles that were converted for use by the Royal Ulster Constabulary and it entered service in 1966. It was subsequently used during the 1969 riots to help restore order in Belfast during the beginning of what are now known as “the troubles” – the Irish Republican Army (IRA)’s campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland.

Following the Belfast Riots the vehicle was transferred to the 5th Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) reflecting the Army’s increasing role in keeping peace in Northern Ireland during the early 1970s. The vehicle served until 1977 when it was struck off charge and is the only one of the original 10 vehicles not to be scrapped.