C R U S A D E S
Here is one example of the sort of thing
that breaks the heart of the boys in ¦ the
workshops. Recently a Ford station waggon
was towed in. This was the “bill of fare.”
Front springs repaired ; steering drop-
arm straightened ; radiator repaired ;
radiator condenser repaired ; “pool” en
gine fitted ; new carburettor fitted; two
rear springs fitted } chassis plated and
welded; brakes overhauled ; new speedo-
'able fitted ; front and rear bumpers
raightened ; distributors, dynamo and
rter overhauled ; wiring overhauled ;
battery fitted ; new water pump fit'
t«4 : body re-painted.
$ E / V T v .
M E N D E R S
to carry at least twice the average load of
Naturally the main job of this particular
workshop is to keep Eighth Army Head
quarters rolling along. That takes them
most of their time — ten hours solid is
their average working day when not on the
move. But they do find time occasionally
for odd jobs. One day a padre brought in
an expensive watch and asked if th e work
shops could do anything about it. He near
ly fainted when the O.C. set to work on it
with a soldering iron — but the watch
went. Another visiter brought in a pipe
that had broken off at th e stem. The O.C.
mended it. The visitor thanked him nicely
and asked for a fill of tobacco ! He got it.
SPARE A THOUGHT
And one day the “Eighth Army News”
people came along with the inking disc of
the treadle press they had taken over from
Jerry in Benghazi. The enemy had done a
spot of sabotage on it and the news couldn’t
be got out till it was put right. The work
shops boys went to work and did the job.
So when you read all about it in “Eighth
Army News” spare a kind thought for
those long-suffering, much-maligned toilers
2 — the workshops — and don’t charge that
pot-hole as if it were a personal enemy.
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No. 15. — 173rd Extraordinary Diversion and Traffic Reduction Post.
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L i t t l e K n o w n U n i t s o f t h e W .D . b y B r i a n R o b b
I t ’s enough to break your bloody
heart,” sighed the sergeant fitter as
he watched the staff car disappear in
a series of leaps and lurches down the
pot-holed track. The sergeant is noted
for the philosophic calm of his tem
perament. Hence the mildness of his
“That car has been in twice this week
already with busted springs. I bet my back
teeth she’ll be in again tomorrow." The
sergeant fitter was right.
That is the sort of thing No. 1 W ork
shops platoon, R.A.S.C. which has nursed
the transport of Eighth Army Headquarters
ever since its formation well over a year
ago, has to put up with month after month.
It's the sort of thing scores of workshops
attached to formations throughout Eighth
Army have to put up with. And according
to experts at least 33% of it is unnecessary.
“Most of the damage is done by driving
too fast for the state of the track,” say
they. “Overtaking at speed along pot-holed
road margins is a common cause of trouble.
And it’s not the humble driver who is us
ually the worst offender.
"Officers and other ranks are equal
offenders. In fact some of them seem
to think that a Government vehide has no
feeling and they treat it in a way that
would give them the shivers if they saw the
same medicine being handed out to their
own car at home. Of course, sometimes
every minute IS vital and they have to
speed regardless. But usually it's just
And, of course, the
owner “must have it
back tonight.” He got
it four days later — I
and he was doing well
And here is another
recent example, this
time a 3-ton Chev.
front spring repaired.
23/1—right front spring
front spring repaired ;
centre bolt and two U-
bolts replaced } front
axle straightened ; 3 big ends run.
At least four of these breakages were due
simply to driving too fast over bad roads.
Each “job" took about three hours, so that
a total of twelve man-hours was wasted—
to say nothing of the materials used.
WORK IT OUT
That in itself may not sound much. But
since November 5 this workshop alone has
done at least 2,000 “jobs" of which about
700 were due simply to careless driving and
bad load stowage. At an average of three
man-hours per job that makes more than
2,000 man-hours of unnecessary work, plus
waste of valuable material at a time when
every spare has to be transported thousands
off miles across the sea and hundreds of
miles along roads already overcrowded with
vital supplies for the fighting troops.
Multiply that by a hundred or so for the
Eighth Army as a whole and it's easy to
see how careless driving adds to the bur
den of maintaining a fast-moving pursuit.
And to show that the workshops men are
not just talking through their hats when
they speak of unnecessary damage, it may
be added that in the total of 1,400 miles
this Unit has covered in the past three
months only four springs have been broken
between its ten vehicles, although they have