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Re: WB30

The fifty, according to the factory records were mostly delivered during April 1941 (a few in March and May). This is certainly KG No.3 period.

The Ministry of Supply records show the GPO contract as dating from February 1942 but with no indication of delivery date. The Army Council Instruction indicating that SCC No.2 Brown was to be the new basis colour was dated 30th May 1942. In general, these instructions seem to have confirmed new practices rather than announce them, but of course existing supplies were to be used first so dates could vary between manufacturers. "Mid-1942" is probably as close as it's possible to get.

The RN contract was C (or S) 13872. The subsequent contract S13873 was for 35 RN M20 sidecar outfits (WM20 71449 - 71483). It would seem resonable to assume that these were delivered prior to C13290 (WM20 71818 onwards delivered late 1942, into 1943)and which should have been the first WB30 contract (WB30 1001 - WB30 6000).

I think there is a good chance that these mid to late 1942 WB30s were indeed brown.

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