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One round too many?
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From Eric in England:

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We had an exercise in Germany where the regiment was on 2hrs (I think) standby to move out of barracks to leaguer areas i.e as for war. So this time for some reason they decided to bomb up the tanks (Centurions) with a full ammo load, this was very unusual.

Anyway we had to load on to trucks by hand, every round for more than 60 tanks (at say 50 rounds per tank 3000 rounds of live ammo). This took some time and as the rounds in the cases are quite heavy it was hard work. So rounds on trucks off to traing area and bomb up the tanks. We had a variety of marks of Centurion so they all had room for slighty different amounts of ammo. The trucks went round and started bombing them up, the first few rounds would be stowed then when it got near the end the last few rounds would be put on the tank and the truck would move on and the crew left to finish. On one tank they left one round too many so the loader not knowing what to do loaded it into the breech.

A few hours later the gunfitters came round to check the guns for rust, emergency firing mechanism etc etc. A gunfitter had been checking the guns by shining a torch down the barrel for another guy to look up and see it was ok. So you can imagine how he felt when his mate opened the breech of a gun he had been looking down and a 105 round slid out. Apparently it took 2 blokes to hold him back from getting the loader. That night all the ammo was removed (as planned) put back in the transport boxes and put in a marquee, then we had a thunderstorm and we all wondered waht would happen if lighting struck the marquee (it didnt). I heard, but have no idea if it's true, that the ammo went to Israel after that.

 

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