- P.P.A.  'H' Patrol -

'H' Patrol, which stands for Historical Patrol, of Popski's Private Army was created in July 2004 by the P.P.A. Preservation Society after an intensive research since 1993 to Popski's Private Army and its different vehicles.

The first intention of the P.P.A. Preservation Society was to keep history 'alive' and what a better way to do it, then having a driving museum showing a resent past.

But before we could do that, we needed a lot of accurate information about Popski's Private Army and of course its vehicles. Together with the Research and Archive Section of P.P.A. (RAS-PPA) and the Friends of P.P.A. (FoPPA) our intensive research brought us to a few Popski's Private Army veterans, Popski's and Jean Caneri's own papers, documents and drawings of how the vehicles were built in the unit.

For many year now the P.P.A. – P.S. is working very closely with the veterans of Popski's Private Army, whose acknowledge and respect it has earned, because of its ownership of authentic and perfect restored P.P.A. vehicles. They also can call upon hundreds of photo’s, the P.P.A. War Diaries, Vladimir Peniakoff’s aka Popski’s personal diary and documents, the original P.P.A. Orderly Room documents, film material, testimonies and writings of P.P.A. veterans and their relatives.
Using Popski's and Jean Caneri's documents and drawings the P.P.A. - P.S. restore and rebuilt 100% accurate Popski's Private Army vehicles with historical correctness for equipment, gear, provisions, etc... which hereby honours Popski’s Private Army, its founder and commander, its veterans and their
relatives. The P.P.A. – P.S. have contacts around the world and has a statute of being 100% credibility and integrity opposite the outside world.

Anyone else who whiches to build a reproduction of the P.P.A. vehicle should consult the P.P.A. – P.S. in all matters of detail and authenticity if they want to be taken seriously by the P.P.A. vetrans, their relatives, military historian and the Friends of Popski’s Private Army.

The P.P.A. veterans have taken the sponsorship of 'H' Patrol and are therefore automatically honorary members of the association. Below is a list of honorary members and members of the 'H' Patrol.

Source: P.P.A. veterans / Friends of P.P.A..

 

Performance of P.P.A.'s 'H' Patrol to the P.P.A. veterans at the War and Peace Show in Beltring (UK)

A few honorary members and members of P.P.A. 'H' Patrol in the arena.
L to R: front row: Olga Peniakoff (Popski's daugther), Capt. John Campbell, Lt. Brian Thomas, Peter Thomas.
Middle row: Dieter Weiss, Karl Debulpaep, Matijs Van Rompaey and Kurt van Looke
Rear row: Roy Paterson, Michael Goodrick, Dave Knudsen.


Honorary Members of 'H' Patrol

 

Honorary Skipper of 'H' Patrol
Capt. John Campbell - 'Bulldozer'
Born on 11/11/1921 in Monasterevan County Kildare.
Last remaining Officer of PPA and honorary Skipper of P.P.A.'s  'H' Patrol.
Original 'S' Patrol Skipper of Popski's Private Army.
Took over PPA's 'S' Patrol from Reeve-Walker on 24/10/1944.
Awarded MC and Bar: - 7.3.45; 20.6.45.

   
- Sgt. Brooks Eric  - Original 'B' Patrol P.P.A.,  Deceased, 8 Dec. 2005, Age 97.
- Tpr. Cahill Michele - 'McCaley'  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 20 June. 2009, Age 93.
- Tpr. Cowperthwaite Sam  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 23 March. 2010, Age 87.
- Tpr. Douglas Hellier 'Drac'  - Original 'R' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 9 Sept. 2007, Age 88
- Tpr. Eastham Jim - 'Busty'  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 19 Dec. 2003, Age 80.
- Cpl. Dobinson John  - Original P.P.N.,
- Dvr. Farr Eric - 'Tommy'  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 13 Aug. 2005, Age 86
- Sgmn. Garnett Frank  - Original 'Blitz' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 1 Jan. 2005, Age 84.
- Tpr. Hardman Sid  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 9 Jan. 2005, Age 84.
- L/Cpl. Jewell Ron  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Dvr. Mee Bert  - Original 'B' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 20 Nov. 2007, Age 89.
- Dvr. Morrison David  - Original 'Blitz' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Sgt. O'Leary William - 'Bill'  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 16th Dec. 2010, Age 93
- Cpl. Owen Ben - 'Wog'  - Original 'B' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 11 March. 2008, Age 91.
- Spr. Parkins Robert - 'Bob'  - Original 'R' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Cfn. Spencer Jimmy 'Canadian Jim'  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Tpr. Storey Derrick - 'Domenico'  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Lt. Thomas Brian - 'Tommy'  - Original P.P.N.,
- Uden Cyril  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Dvr. Williamson Ken - 'Willie'  - Original 'P' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Sgmn. White Les  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 20 November 2008, Age 90.
- Sgmn. Yeoman Fred  - Original 'B' Patrol P.P.A.,
- Spr. Paine Charlie  - Original 'S' Patrol P.P.A., Deceased, 5th May 2011, Age 90.
   

Members of 'H' Patrol

Here you will find the list of men who served in “H” Patrol, even for a brief period, since the P.P.A. - P.S. was founded.

Skipper of 'H' Patrol
- van Looke Kurt - 'Popski'

- Founder and chairman of the PPA-PS.
- 'H' Patrol chairman since 2004.
- Chief historian, technical advisor and problem solver of the PPA-PS.
- Patrol jeep driver.

- Bruggeman Rudy - 'Chief'
- Original PPA-PS member since 1993.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- Second member of the PPA-PS.
- Vice-Chairman of the PPA-PS from 10/04/1994 untill 27/12/2007.

- van Looke Gunther - 'Tuur'
- Original PPA-PS member since 1993.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- Never a dull moment when he is in the neigberhood.
- Great comedian in own ranks.
- Patrol jeep driver.

- Borms Machteld - 'Sleepy'
- PPA-PS member since 1994.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- Archivist of the PPA-PS.
- Translator of PPA books and documents.

- Cailly Danny - 'Bomma'
- Came in just before Normandy 1994.
- Great comedian and singer.
- Signed off in 1995 after one year on probation.

- Debulpaep Karl - 'Spitfire'
- PPA-PS member since 2001.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- Official photographer of the PPA-PS.
- Technical advisor and problem solver of the PPA-PS.
- Patrol jeep driver.

- Devos Frank - 'Fox'
- PPA-PS member since 1998.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- very special case.
- MT 3 ton driver.

- Gerardi Paul
- Came in just before Operation Snowdrop 1994.
- In the PPA-PS only for Operation Snowdrop 1994 of the Belgium SAS
- Signed off in 1994 after Operation Snowdrop.

- Harris Guy
- 'H' Patrol member since 20004.
- Treasurer of the FoPPA.
- RAS-PPA and FoPPA researcher.

- Knusden David - 'Dave'
- Attached to 'H' Patrol from the Desert Raiders Association.
- Patrol jeep driver.

- Stefaan Nahoul
- Came in just before Operation Snowdrop 1994.
- In the PPA-PS only for Operation Snowdrop 1994 of the Belgium SAS.
- Signed off in 1994 after Operation Snowdrop.

- Paterson Roy
- 'H' Patrol member since 2004.
- Secretary of the FoPPA.
- RAS-PPA and FoPPA researcher.
- Patrol jeep driver.

- Reyniers Lieve - 'Mash'
- PPA-PS member since 2005.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2005.
- PPA-PS Medic.
- MT 3 ton driver.

- Sanders Peter - 'Nick'
- Attached to 'H' Patrol from the Desert Raiders Association.
- WASP jeep driver.

- Van De Voorde Ignace
- Came in just before Operation Snowdrop 1994.
- In the PPA-PS only for Operation Snowdrop 1994 of the Belgium SAS
- Signed off in 1994 after 5 months on probation.

- Weiss Dieter - 'Cpl. Blutch'
- PPA-PS member since 2005.
- 'H' Patrol member since 2005.
- Vice-Chairman of the PPA-PS from 27/12/2007.
- Technical advisor and problem solver of the PPA-PS.
- Patrol jeep driver.

 

 

The Three Musketeers and driving force behind the FoPPA, RAS-PPA and PPA-PS for short 'H' Patrol
L to R: Kurt van Looke, Guy Harris and Roy Paterson.

 

Source: P.P.A. veterans / P.P.A. Preservation Society / Friends of P.P.A..
Photos: P.P.A. Preservation Society / Friends of P.P.A..


 
   

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