following 8th Division / 14th Brigade markings were uncovered during the restoration of my
106 SR. Research
of the regiments suggests that it was the 21e RIMa who had 106 SR jeeps based at Laon as part
of the 2eme section d'éclairage de
second photo shows the marking on the side of the jeep above the wheel arch.
As far as one can tell it is an 'R' which in other
regiments would indicate a reconnaissance company.
Can anyone confirm these markings for me? The jeep was rebuilt in 1971 so
the markings would relate to the period between 1971 and 1980 when the
21e RIMa left the 8e Division to become part of the Rapid Deployment Forces
as part of 1977 reorganisation.
example of a 14th Mechanised Brigade marking on the side of a jeep can be
seen below. The jeep has the same 'lion des Flandres' on yellow background
on the panel below the windshield but a different marking on the side.
photo: Pat Ware
Can anyone help with this 8th Division
And now a final (for now) lion des
Flandres puzzle. The Lion in the photo below was uncovered on the panel
below the windshield during the restoration of another jeep. Ignore the blue
paint that was used to cover it over with another insignia.
The lion appears to have been painted
onto the standard army green, i.e. there was no background colour. Does this
have a special significance e.g. HQ based rather than divisional or was it just a lazy way of painting the 4th
Brigade insignia which would normally have had a green background? Again can
anyone help with this?