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    MERCEDES MILITARY TRUCK

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    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    I was kind of hoping he'd have went off that berm nose-first instead of backing it. Wonder if the driveshaft would have hit...

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    For almost 10 years I had a love/hate relationship with those Brazilianicon manufactured Mercedese trucks.

    Gutless POS, but hard to kill.


    I just pulled one of the service Logs we had the L1319 single axle trucks - model years 1984 thru 1989.

    Freeze in the winter, burn in the summer (the doghouse insulation was in-adequate...)

    110 km/h downhill on 4 lane highway...burning the skin off your accelerator foot....

    Ahh, the good old days! !
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    Both front and rear drive shafts look really vulnerable, strange that they opted for an angular approach. Would have been nice to have seen it in real conditions like through the UKicon Army trials ground at Long Valley Aldershot. That would sort the men out from the boys!!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    real conditions like through the UKicon Army trials ground at Long Valley Aldershot.
    Brecon Beacons...
    Regards, Jim

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    It would certainly struggle there Jim. This has been made for an acquired market me thinks like South Americaicon. Don't think it would last long in western Military hands. On licence and all that goes with that complicated procedure, and probably why it hasn't got a NATO stock number attributed to it!
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    Honestly it looks like a one trick pony, that thing about climbing steep approach is just a small thing in a service truck's life. There's much more bland harsh use waiting...
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