- P.P.A. 'H' Patrol vehicles -

The P.P.A. Europe jeep.

Popski's Private Army used the American WILLYS jeep for his actions. The P.P.A. Patrol jeeps were very heavily armed. The heavy M.G's. were the .30 American Browning M.G. and the American Browning .50, the same weapon used on tanks and American Fortress aircraft. On the bonnet of the jeep you could find a Tommy gun and a British Lee Enfield .303 rifle -which were used as a sniper's rifle. Also a foot pump, a starting handle, tent (or rather bivy) and poles for the bivy. Several American 'Thirty-Thirty' Winchester carbines and other weapons, at least three personal weapons, the American Colt .45 automatic pistol which fired the same ammunition as the Tommy gun. If the jeep was going on an operation there would have been at least three more jerrycans of petrol on the bumper. Also there may have been some on the bonnet, plus three on a bracket at the rear of the jeep. Distributed around the jeep would have been perhaps several captured weapons. Also in a bracket at the rear of the jeep would be three smoke grenades set off electrically from the dashboard. Also there would have been a quantity of plastic explosive detonators, time pencils, etc, and various mines. All this equipment could have been located by the crew in seconds. The weight carried by the jeep caused the springs to bend downwards. The jeep travelled better in that condition. Much better performance.

Source:
P.P.A. veterans.

? and Pat Blake in Popski's old Patrol jeep.

 

Jeep Equipment.
(These figures do not apply to the w/t Jeeps)

 

1 Guns & Personnal Weapons.

- .50 Cal MMG with gun mounting & cradle - x1
- .50 Cal MMG Amn. box - x1
- .30 Cal LMG with gun mounting & cradle - x1
- .30 Cal LMG Amn. boxes if cradle allows
- Bren LMG (Per Patrol) - x2
- Bren LMG Mag. boxes (Per Patrol) - 4 (12 mags.)
- T.S.M.G. & 12 Mags. - x2
- Carabine & 2 clips - x1
- Pistols Signal (Per Patrol) - x2
- Can, Rifle oil - x1
- Flannelette
- Cleaning rod .50 Cal (Per Patrol) - x3
- Cleaning rod .30 Cal (Per Patrol) - x3
- Bren tool box
- .45 or Automatic, & 2 spare clips - x2


2 - Ammunition (basic scale).

- .50 Cal 250 rds (2AP 2 Inc 1 Trac) - x4
- .30 Cal 2 - 1200 linked belt --do-- - x6
- .303, 350 rds (30 x 12 mags in box if carrying Bren)
- .45 or .38 pistol 12 rds
- .45 T.S.M.G. 200 rds
- Colt Auto 200 rds
- 30 Carabine 50 rds
- 303 Rifle 50 rds
- Carts. Signal White Illuminating - x6
- Carts. Signal Green - x6
- Carts. Signal Red - x12
- Incendiary Bomb - x1
- Grenades 36m - x10
- Hawkins - x5
- Bombs Smoke - x2


3 - Vehicle Equipment.

- Jeep Cover - x1
- Jeep Apron PPA Pat. - x1
- Two man bivouac - x1
- Net Shrimp (camouflage) - x1
- Axe, pick, shovel - x1
- Matchet - x1
- Cooker No.2 Portable - x1
- Tow chain light - x1
- Jerrycans - x6
- Oil can (2 gall.) - x1
- Water can (2 gall.) - x2
- Extra spare wheel - x1
- Extra spare tube - x1
- Tyre repair outfit & pressure guage - x1
- Water bucket canvas - x1
- Tool kit complete - x1
- Extra tyre levers - x2
- Wire cutter - x1
- String Ball 25 yds
- A.F.V. medical kit - x1
- Tool kit (fitter) - x1
- M.T. spare parts (depends on lenght of op)
- Skid chains, sets - x2
- Searchlight (Per Patrol) - x1


4 - Special Equipment.

- Binoculars - x1
- Compass (primatic) - x1
- Watches (Per Patrol) - x3
- Sleeping Bags Icelandic - x2 or x3
- Torch electric - x1
- Sheets groung (gun cover) - x1
- Map boards - x1
- Protractors - x1


5 - Explosives.

- Depends on nature of operation.


6 - Rations.

- COMPO


 


Dear Kurt,
You've done it well but, the loading of our jeeps was NEVER as NEAT as this. In fact it was almost a jungle. But we were always able to find anything we wanted in a few seconds. ( Ben Owen 1998.)
 

 
01 and 01a: Tubular frame, lifted a canvas over the driver and gunner there shoulders.
02 : Gunmouting for .50 or .30
03 : Bracket for Jerrycan, rest on the small step of jeep.
04 : Frame in front of steeringwheel. Lift the canvas over the steeringwheel.
05 : Canvas, which keep the crew dry in the rain. - Madical pack (seen on different photos).
06 : Camouflagenet.
07 : Rifle.
08 : Shovel.
09 : Startinghandle.
10 : Axe.
11 : Rope.
12 : Rifle.
13 : Footpump.
14 : Backpacks with plastiek explosives.
15 : Backpack with Lewisbombs.
16 : Mediacal box (seen on different photos).
17 : Box with Hawkin mines.
18 : 4 Handgrenades.
19 : Sigarettebox (seen on Jean Canerie's personnal drawnings).
20 : Can with drinkable water.
21 : Spotlight (only on the vehicle of the Patrol Skipper).
22 : Box with light cartridges.
23 : Light pistol.
24 : Astrolabe logo on front of jeep.
25 : Climbingrope.
26 : Personal backpack driver.
27 : 2 Sparewheels.
28 : Right bumber welded on left bumber, for a rest of the second extra sparewheel.
29 : Detonator.
30 : .50 Ammunition boxes.
31 : Box with explosives.
32 : Smokegenerator.
33 : .30 Ammunition boxes.
34 : Personal backpack gunner.
35 : 4 Handgrenades.
36 : Bracket for jerrycan, rest on the small step of jeep.
37 : Bren Ammunition box for carried tools.
38 : Bracket for 2 jerrycans and oilcan.
39 : Oilcan.
40 : Rationbox.
41 : Gunmouting for .50 ot .30, through dashboard and welded on chassis of the jeep.
42 : Jerrycans x4 or x9 for long range actions (3 on fore bumper of jeep and 2 or more on bonnet of jeep).
 

Photo examples.

   

Bonnet of the Patrol jeep.

How the Patrol jeep was loaded.

   

Gunner's seat.

Driver's seat.

   

Rear jerrycan bracket.

How the Patrol jeep was loaded.

   

How the Patrol jeep was loaded.

The tubular frame to lift the canvas apron.

   

Bivy poles on the bonnet of the Patrol jeep.

An empty smoke generator under the Patrol jeep.

   

 

Source: P.P.A. veterans / P.P.A. Preservation Society / Research and Archive Section of P.P.A..
Photos: P.P.A. Preservation Society / Research and Archive Section of P.P.A..

 
 
   

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