An Italian United Nations curiosity-(completed)

July 18, 2018

(I)(dlr-mil 51-74).Forli_EI Prova FO 594_(g,r,b.w)(Mission in Lebanon 1982)_Fiat Campagnola.vbTG

Lapsed Member Terry Gray shot this Fiat Campagnola jeep in Italy(?) in the early 1980s.   (I) Dealer plates were always red and white on black, so this white example has long festered as a mystery in one’s mind.       So this week, July 2018, VB forwarded the image to specialist Marcello Gallina in Italy, to ask his advice:

(I)(dlr-mil 51-74).Forli_EI Prova FO 594_cu_(g,r,b.w)(Mission in Lebanon 1982)_Fiat Campagnola.vbTG
Hello, Marcello –
 
Please, is this a Dealer plate/Manufacturers’ plate/test drive plate from the 1950s-74 series or the ’74-82 series?
(Strange colouring!)
================
 
Hello Vic.
Yes, this plate is from the Military Dealer series, issued between 1951-1984.
The jeep is an Italian Army vehicle (Fiat Campagnola).    The white colour means that it is allocated to be sent to Lebanon for the Italian mission (1982).
There were known two early types of Italian Army trade plates.  They were a white variant of the regular  black dealer plates.
Old type, triangular shape. 
New type, as in picture,  square,  PROVA must be preceded by EI in green, maybe adhesive letters are gone.
 
(In 1984,, a new series came into use:  EI * p 0123. (EI red, green star, little p green, black digits  on white) 
Best regards,
Marcello
=================
 

Hi Cedric

Marcello has identified a Italian military dealer among our TEHA2 photos, and it has a Middle-East link, so I think you could be interested!

Vic

=================
\
Cedric responds:
Indeed, it is of interest and is a piece of UN history that is not mentioned in RPWO at all (and I certainly new nothing about). The peacekeeping force (Multi National Force (MNF)), according to Wikipedia, only existed from 1982 to 1984 and was totally separate from UNIFIL as a 4 nation only force.
Wikipedia:
“The four-nation MNF was created as an interposition force meant to oversee the peaceful withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization.[5] The participants included the U.S. Multinational Force (USMNF), which consisted of four different Marine Amphibious Units (MAUs); British 1st Dragoon Guards cavalry regiment; the 1st inter-arm Foreign and French Brigade, 4 Foreign Legion Regiments, 28 French Armed Forces regiments including French and Foreign paratroopers, units of the National Gendarmerie, Italian paratroopers from the Folgore Brigadeinfantry units from the Bersaglieri regiments and Marines of the San Marco Regiment. Additionally, the MNF was in charge of training various units of the Lebanese Armed Forces.[6]

The relatively benign environment at the beginning of the mission gave way to chaos as the civil war re-escalated following the assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel in September 1982. Subsequent political and military developments on the ground caused the MNF to be viewed not as a peacekeeper, but as a belligerent.[7] In early 1984, after it became apparent that the government of Lebanon was no longer able to impose its will on warring factions as they entered Beirut and hostilities renewed,[7] the MNF ended its presence mission in Beirut and went offshore before completely leaving Lebanon in July of the same year in the aftermath of the October 1983 barracks bombing that killed 241 U.S. and 58 French servicemen.[8] It was replaced by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) already present in Lebanon since 1978 under the leadership of Ghanaian Lieutenant General Emmanuel Erskine.”

 

 

 

So we see here again how the sharing of our images and knowledge in the Club develops our understanding of this quite complex hobby.    Fresh from a 46-year-old photo now comes  info on a system we had not known existed.     Magnificent!    Thank you, Marcello and Cedric……..

Advertisements

Seychelles

April 10, 2013

SEYCHELLES

 

Never one to shirk La Dolce Vita,  my plate-researcher’s soul was ever  drawn to warm, safe places and I felt  it could be left to other, bolder members to deal with Chechnya, DRC, CAR, North Korea, Nigeria and New Guinea.   In modern times, Mr Ralidis appears as a heroic figure, who chances life and limb to snatch plates from the jaws of  cruel zones such as Iran and Pakistan.    A medal may one day be his.      The islands of the Indian Ocean always seemed to appeal on hedonistic  grounds, and save, now,  for the marauding bandit sea-pirates off the Somali coast, it remains one of the world’s fine zones.

British Airways catapulted me to Mahé Island, and to the capital village, Victoria in 1991.     For a tiny place,  it had a pleasing variation of plates, designed after the style of the British, who controlled the islands from 1903 until independence in 1976, when they fell under the stultifying spell of Russian communism.    From the first cars there, about 1937, straightforward white/silver on black plates with an S prefix followed by up to four serial numbers were, and remain, the normal private series (though now using five-digit serials).

Most plates were properly made, but here is a painted variant.    Brumby archive

Most plates were properly made, but here is a painted variant. Brumby archive

S 234 is a plate from the Mas collection

S 234 is a plate from the Mas collection

Seychelles permits retention of voided numbers and low numbers are always re-used.    Brumby archive

Seychelles permits retention of voided numbers and low numbers like S 5  are always re-used.    Motor cycles use normal car plates, but smaller.         Brumby archive

Musician/Beatle George Harrison had invested in a grand hotel project with Peter Sellers and others on Mahé – and in the British rowing town of  Henley-on-Thames, where he lived, near my home, I saw his gold Rolls-Royce Corniche  convertible on Seychellois plates AND sporting an SY oval – clearly a souvenir of the islands which he had had flown home!     Sadly no photo – he was driving the other way – and George was no slow driver!   Among his many quick cars was one of the first V12 6-litre F1 McLaren streetcars.

Taxis carried normal plates, supplemented by this specially-manufactured Hire Vehicle plate with its unique authorising number.     Brumby archive

Taxis carried normal plates, supplemented by this specially-manufactured Hire Vehicle plate with a unique authorising number.       Brumby archive

Seychelles Government employ a serial from the national series, on black, using a G prefix.    Brumby archive..

Seychelles Government plates employ a serial from the national series, on black, using a G prefix, removable when withdrawn from service..    Brumby archive..

Government vehicles used the same series, but with a red background, repainted black when sold in to private use.    Brumby achive

Parastatal (semi-government) vehicles used the same series, but with a red background, repainted black when sold in to private use. S 1537.  Brumby archive

(SY1)(para)_S 8333_VB1991_resize

Diplomats plates were also taken from the main system, but yellow-backgrounded, and with CD or CD appended to the plate in a random way.    Brumby archive

Diplomats’ plates were also taken from the main series, but yellow-backgrounded, and with CD or CC appended to the plate in a random way.   S CD 6266.   Brumby archive

Uncoded CD 2046 CD

1991. Uncoded Seychelles Diplomatic Corps  S 2064 CD

the less-fequently-sen Consulat variant, CC S 1884.    Brumby archive

The less-frequently-seen Consular Corps variant,                 CC S 1884.       Brumby archive

the very rare sight of a UN variant UN S 6993 is characterised by a green background - a change from UN Blue!

The very rare sight of a CD  UN variant UN S 6993 is characterised by a green background – a change from UN blue!     Brumby archive.

A handful of motor dealers exist on Mahé island only and use test plates to legally move untaxed vehicles.    What a fine plate!      Brumby archive

A handful of motor dealers exist on Mahé island only and use red  Seychelles  Test plates to legally move untaxed vehicles.    What a fine plate!      Brumby archive

end…