Cable crossing.. does anyone do this?

Submitted: Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 17:36
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I recal as a sapper bieng trained for Vietnam that we crosed gorges, rivers etc by winding steel cable around the extended foot steps on landrover wheels and securing with stout star pickets at each end off the obstacle the driver then went over the edge as it were and drove across using the cables as support... I always wondered about the circular foot steps on the wheels on those old landrovers... is this still only a top secret military technique or do others use it now...Mind you one could easily drive around the obstacle in the time it took to set up the cables etc...
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Reply By: Ian Bee - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:23

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:23
It'll catch on now you've posted that.

We'll now be able to go to our 4 x 4 store & buy these big weapon capsstans that bolt onto our wheels.

Go to Mitre 10 & buy 4 star droppers.

Trash the Hiils Hoist for cable........

Mark my word........ some silly bugger will go ahead and do this......... just take a look at the Winch Challenge!

Tell me, did you actually drive a unit yorself? I would have gone AWOL if they had have picked me!

Cheers

Ian BEE
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:36

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:36
no old chap I was OC sledge hammer... I just stood back and watched the excercise in awe... and waited till the evening when the whole thing was done after dark... it was succesful though.. never lost a rover...I think I was involved 4 times in this particular fun activity....I should even have some old 8mm movie of it somewhere...I think it should be included in all 4x4 courses
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:57

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:57
Sounds like a great method of getting out of any ole bog or up a slippery slope.

Guess you would need one on each side without a diff lock??

Shouldnt be too hard to make & maybe even plasma rope would make it a bit cleaner too!
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Reply By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 21:11

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 21:11
I remember we did that once whilst I was in Malaya. The Poms showed us how it was done.. Our reply was that we would find a way around the obstacle via the old bash and crash method. It was bad enough having to traverse rivers using fallen logs let alone try to drive over them.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 23:26

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 23:26
find the 8mm vid and convert it to digital format and share the wealth with us.
must ask dad about this one he was raeme .
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Follow Up By: CHRIS - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:33

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:33
Don't bother Toonfish ,I was a Recovery Mechanic in RAEME 1962-68 attached to Engineers in Vietnam and during my time in the Army never ever used the technique. Too much of a hassle, far easier to pick up with a Chopper and lift across, if ever that was needed. As was said it was a Pommie idea that never took off here, as far as I can remember.
I must apologise TOONFISH the answer was meant for the other bloke who said his father was in RAEME, but I guess he will read it. Too lazy to start again.
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Follow Up By: CHRIS - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:37

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:37
Jesus I'm going back to bed, it was you. Cheers!
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Reply By: Goran - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 23:35

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 23:35
Hmmmm, i am not sure if we are talking about the same thing here but i have been using capstain winches of my own design for past 4 years (80 series).
I use winch ext. straps instead of Steel wire rope. It works like a dream in both directions.
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Reply By: CHRIS - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:42

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:42
By the way Rick who were you with and what year were you over there.
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:48

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:48
I was with 1 Tp 1 Fd Sqn RAE 1970-71. Were you a fellow "Rat of the Dat"?
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 21:52

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 21:52
Rick , Did you do any work with the Piggies (7RAR) ?
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 22:01

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 22:01
Yes ... I suspect i did... if you consider blundering around in the J for weeks on end with no sleep or showers & tinned food work. I spent a lot of time on Courtenay Hill too... just sooooo eager to find tunnels to blow up...Mind you I was a lot fitter then.. so fit I had muscles on my faeces....
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 22:18

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 22:18
Good on you Rick , musta been real proud working (?) with the best hahaha. The boss didn't believe in bringing us back in too often.
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Follow Up By: CHRIS - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 07:20

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 07:20
Rick,
17 Construction Sqn, 66-67 in Nam, done time in the Dat & Vungers.
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Follow Up By: Marty - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 09:24

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 09:24
Chris,
17 Construction Sqn. Wksp. 91-92 Holsworthy Syd.
Smarter Than The Average Bear!!!!
Steve Martins.
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Follow Up By: CHRIS - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 08:56

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 08:56
Marty,
But a little Bear will fix it.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:03

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:03
either of you know geoff murray (muzza) 1st armoured?

he was also on the book the battle of Coral by Lex Mcaulay

a few mates of dads were in this book also and geoff they didnt eben know they were in it from Coral and Balmoral 1968
cheers
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Follow Up By: Rick Blaine - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 13:10

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 13:10
No, I dont know himm but I did work with Lex for a few years
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Follow Up By: Marty - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:02

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:02
I have had the pleasure of meeting Geoff Murray and his good wife Debbie.

I used to look after their swimming pool and equipment when I was in the pool trade. I think Geoff was a driver in an APC crew.

I was a member of 1st Armoured Regiment for a couple of years in the early/mid 90's. (Fitter Armourer Tech.Sqn. RAEME).

I happened to meet Geoff and Debbie not long after discharging from the Army, and by coincedence, not long after reading the book about the the battle of Fire Base Coral.

If you happen to speak to Geoff or Debbie please pass on my best wishes.

Regards,

Steve Martins.
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 19:40

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 19:40
Just as a matter of course fellers , i was in the 3 CAV then was transfered to 2nd CAV . Didn,t go to nam , thay started pulling everybody out that was why i was transfered to 2CAV .
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 00:37

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 00:37
Will pass on to muzza but i see him little now i think he is retired was with IPEC when i was at ASR in bendigo back in 89-90 but i see him occassionally .
PISTON?BROKE?
lol
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