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Often see these lamps on ebay,autojumbles and flea/antique fairs also,nearly allways described as railway lamps,usually the cover that clips over the glass/lens is missing,now after seeing these photos they could possibly be nothing to do with railways but simply a road traffic control lamp used by the military for convoy route marking at night,there is a photo of a pile of these in a jeep,where they might also clip onto a tripod/spike,on the motorcycles they seem to be clipped onto some kind of tray,and were probably left on there and the bike parked up near the kerb.
above,they have a red and green function.
below,cover has direction arrow,plus these markings.
above,you can just about see one on this bike.
Good spot Steve! 👍
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Hi Rob, there's at least another three in that side car body, on a verge they must be clipped onto some kind of tripod or spike, on a kerb free standing, suppose we'll never know as not many photos were taken at night.
These lamps may have been used to mark cleared routes through minefields during night advances / attacks. Paraffin lamps were certainly used to mark cleared routes through minefields in the Western Desert during night advances / attacks and I understand that were suspended on poles.
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Interesting to see a Thompson fitted to the MP's bike, not seen that before.