"Contribution to Victory" - 103 text
Appreciations From The Fighting Forces

From Capt. J.W. Aggelto, B.L.A.

Dear Sir, -
I was surprised to see - in Brussels - an A.E.C. "Marshal" with a W.D. body and canvas cab, painted in that once familiar desert camouflage, being operated by a civilian. Upon making enquiries, I found that the vehicle had been captured from us in the Desert in 1941 or 1942, and had subsequently been brought back to Europe for us by the Wehrmacht. During the hurried retreat of the German Forces through Belgium last year, the present owner appears to have annexed it for his own use. It appears to have covered a goodly mileage, and is still fitted with desert-type filters, cooling apparatus, etc.

The extraordinary thing is, though, that the vehicle - although it has obviously had practically no maintenance for three or four years - is still in first-class mechanical condition, and running far, far better, than any other locally-manufactured vehicle for which servicing arrangements are laid on.

I am sorry I could not get the chassis or engine number.

When I asked the driver if it did not surprise him to observe the difference between his ex-Army, ex-Wehrmacht A.E.C. when compared with continental vehicles, he seemed quite indifferent, and said : "Mais, c'est un cannoir anglais," in such a tone as to imply that I should have known that a British vehicle would put up such a show. He added, "Il est par le fabricants le autobus de Londres," - as if to qualify his first statement. So you see, you are known as the builders of London's buses even by the smallest of the continental back-yard haulage contractors.

I thought the foregoing might interest you.


From Lt.-Col. W.R.S. Windham, M.E.F.

MARCHING SONG OF H.Q. 1st BR. ARMOURED DIVISION
Based on A.E.C. 6 x 6 and 4 x 4 A.C.V.'s
By Captain H. S. BOURNE.
(to the tune of "Old Father Thames")

Over the Tel
Down to the Bir
No one can understand
How ACV 1 goes rolling along
On through the driving sand -
Never upset
Always on net
And ready to take command -
ACV 1 controlling along,
On thro' the driving sand.
She never needs to worry
She never needs to care,
For when it's time to hurry
The ACV's right there -
Gen'rals may come -
Gen'rals may go -
Wherever the fates have plann'd
But ACV 1 goes rolling along,
On through the driving sand!


From Dvr. L. Davies, C.M.F.

I have been driving an A.E.C. 12-ton A.C.V. for three years now and it has brought me right through the desert and quite a good way up Italy without any trouble whatsoever.

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