Royal Military Police
Royal Military Police|
The article below appeared in Legend Magazine (the Land Rover Series 1 Club), September 2003
1078, 10 BE 78 in RMP service. On the Austin Champ can be seen the RMP marking on the bonnet, which Captain Floweth mentions in the Legend article, but the signs do not show up well and many RMP Austin Champs have the same RMP signs as on the Jeeps behind.
In the following photo of 0065, 00 BE 65 shows an often-used position for the Military Police sign.
The following in-service recollections of RMP service.|
IN SERVICE Michael Dixon, Mvdixon@btinternet.com
I recall Austin-Champs being used by the Military Police, 247 Provo Company, Berlin in 1954/55. I have found two photographs showing that at least three vehicles were used by the company for general police duties including patrols on the Berlin-Russian Zone border. The registration numbers are shown as 10 BE 78. 47 BE 29, 49 BE 29.
The Champs were used by us for general use and border patrols.
The two Champs, (right) were taken at a changeover of the Border Patrol at the Spandau side of Berlin
The line of vehicles (lower picture) is at the Berlin zone check point from Hamburg(?), waiting to meet a bus load of Army 'Top Brass' (Generals), but for what reason I cannot remember! Sometime in 1954/55.
I think due to the fact that Berlin was controlled by the four powers, the Military Police were issued with green Canadian style uniform and the vehicles were painted black rather than military green. Looking at the photographs it appears 10 BE 78 is shown as green (was it there on test?) whereas the other two are painted black.
I cannot recall too much about them other than the Rolls Royce engine was huge, completely filling the engine compartment making it difficult for the mechanics and also front heavy.
John Mastrangelo, (Austin Champ and military historian)
The three Austin Champs mentioned: