The highlight of the week was the visit by Alf Alf Nicholson the 98 year old Normandy veteran. He started his Normandy 1944 service on a Matchless motorcycle with which he was reunited during a brief visit to the Weald Foundation on Thursday – the same type of motorcycle he used in Normandy after his landing on D-Day plus 2. He drove a number of vehicles including an Austin K2Y ambulance, White trucks and several liberated German vehicles ending up eventually in Germany.
Machining on the fans for the Sd.Kfz 222 4 Serie, Sd.Kfz 223 3 Serie, Sd.Kfz. 223 4 Serie continued this week. They are largely finished now but will require attention from the mill to apply the last few details. Next week will see these fans completed and attention will return to the fan stands which still require some welding and inserts. See image.
Our research effort this week was on the rear lighting required for the Sd.Kfz 223 3 Serie following on from Part 4 of Convoy Lighting last week. This week’s article delves into the ‘primeval’ arena of 1930s le.Pz.Sp.Wg . armoured car rear lighting – a far cry from the well known and standardised Notek lamping introduced from 1940.
The conservation work on the Sd.Kfz.222 4.Serie continued for another week. The complete side chassis rail has now been attended to leaving the wheel station area and fittings requiring attention.
We are planning our return to normality including discussions about event hosting timing and subject matter. We have been receiving a lot of enquiry from our supporters regarding reopening, media concerns for interviews and others regarding requests for show attendance by the Weald Foundation. We will make our dates and events public when we are free to do so under government guidelines.