War department bike pictures

Bikes that saw service during WW II

ARIEL

RAF Ariel

1941 ARIEL WN/G, 350cc

1941 W/NG with home made Bren gun carrier

1944 W/NG, 350cc

350cc Ariel

BSA

Medic

So I threw the M20 in a ditch and pinched the Adjutant’s Triumph !

Any time today……

Are we all on the same page?

Signal Office

1946-Postwar

M20 with Vokes air filter besides rear wheel-1944

A collection of M20′s-don’t miss the taillights or the chain and padlocks.

Maintenance

Two German paratroopers on captured M20,Crete-1943

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

1936 BSA M20, 500cc prototype

1939 WM20 (K-M20)

1944 infantry M20-15th Scottish Division

1st Welsh guard, Normandy-1944

Captured M20

M20

1940 BSA M20

1941 M20′s

1944, M20

M20′s on the beach

M20, Belpasso Sicily 1943

M20 in Bhagdad, 1943

M20′s don’t need bridges…..

BSA M20 -Captured and used by Germans

BSA M20 in Dunkirk, 1940 (who says you need air in your tyres if you have an M20!)

BSA M20 and Norton Big4 in German scrapyard.

BSA WM20-British Naval Dispatch Rider

War time combo

Factory photo of BSA M20 1942

M20′s at the factory.

Despatch rider’on’ BSA M20

Germans inspecting M20 after Dunkirk, La Panne 1940.

M20 crossing

Naval despatch rider on M20

Naval despatch rider

M20 despatch rider’s bike in the desert

Early M20 in German hands

M20 rider getting checked out

M20′s getting a final check.

Despatch rider M20 and Lee Enfield .303

Rarin’ to go…….

M20′s in the middle east ,1942

Normandy, 1944

BSA M20 factory picture

Despatch rider awaiting orders

Ortona Italy

Phantom Reconnaissance Regiment

Yanks, poms and an M20-lets shake on that!

An M20 slogging away

WM20

M20 factory picture

M20 factory picture upturned tail pipe

M20 factory picture LHS with Vokes air filter on tank.

Trio on M20′s

Training on M20′s

Despatch rider on M20 ……

Despatch rider, France -1944

Flip side of the previous pic

Airborne-yellow stripe in the middle of the clutch case denotes the centre of gravity of the bike.

Australian soldiers with M20′s

Landing craft and M20

Military disposal

May 1941 Despatch rider

Carrier pigeons 1940

Maori Battalion

MP on M20-1943

1940

Despatch riders in training.

Ain’t she lovely (Canadian)

1941_Matchless G3

Norton 16h with a census number on it’s tank

A 16h rider delivers the 8th army news to an armoured car in the desert

16H Bulldog

8 Responses to War department bike pictures

  1. haryanto says:

    i like very much this picture

  2. Biplob Sen Gupta says:

    simply fantastic….. recalls the great machines at work…

  3. Jim says:

    Fine collection of pictures never seen before, pity there are no Triumph 3HW’s.

  4. chris says:

    chris boswell really great collection of pics helps show differences for restoration

  5. Jim says:

    The picture of the soldiers and the text ” Radco…ect is wrong. This is not a BSA M20.
    This are soldiers returning from their retreat Dunkirk at the beginning of the war and they are standing around an 1939/40 Triumph model 3SW.

    • olethumpers says:

      You are absolutely right Jim that’s why it’s captioned “So I threw the M20 in a ditch and pinched the Adjutant’s Triumph” !. Maybe I will stick this under ‘Triumph” when I get around to uploading some Triumph pics.

      • Jim says:

        Ah, now I got it. “British humor”. Well I really hope you get around uploading some Triumph pictures soon. In the meanwhile please checkout http://www.wdtriumph.nl Here you can see a lot of Triumph 3SW and 3HW models that survived. But the availabillity of original photographs are vital and crucial for correct restoration.

  6. ROBETTE Valère says:

    I saved from scrap in a small village in south-east of France near-by TOULON a BSA L31-6 (1931) painted in RAF blue. Rear plate identification is 28YU3. I would be gratefull if I could get any informations about these motorbikes in RAF

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