Australian Military Vehicle Walkaround
Centurion Mk 5/1 (Aust) - Post 1969 Modifications - South
The 1969 modification schedule resulted from over a year of combat experience in South Vietnam. The modifications were undertaken by 106 Field Workshops either prior to issue to the combat squadron or shortly after receipt within the squadron. This configuration remained current until the departure of the Centurions in 1972.
On return to Australia all vehicles except two had the modifications removed and were returned to their original condition. The two vehicles were 169108 and 169XXX.
Currently the two vehicles are in private ownership and have had a black camouflage pattern and new markings applied. Whilst in their original Viet Nam configuration the camouflage and markings have been applied by the current owner
|Visible in this photo
are viewed from the front three quarter view:
|front to back
|star picket mud scrapers left front fender. Also note weld marks that indicate short sections of half inch steel plate with angle iron edge for strength.|
|Note the same weld marks and sections of fender identified above. Note lack of tool stowage attachment points / webbing.|
|Weld marks as above.
Section of star picket used to secure tow rope. Also visible at bottom
left is a section of pipe into which a wooden stake was inserted to give support to a
hoochie for sun shade or weather protection.
The barrel appears to be a 105mm (fitted by the current owner for cosmetic purpose) - never used by the Australian Army in Centurions.
|A better photo of the hoochie support pipe. these were welded to the 4 turret lifting rings.|
|View of the left front idler wheel. Details of the mudguard, mudguard support and towing bollard. Note the condition of the fenders.|
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