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Legend

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Not the drinks buttank names.In another thread I stated that I was certain that I had seen a port view of "Whiskey and Soda" in a film clip.I couldn't find the clip but found a photo of what I thought was the same tank. The name is indistinct in the photo. Finally I found the film clip but the name is clearly "Scotch and Soda" in the clip. The tank is the same one as in the photo.
My question: Were there two tanks with very similar names or is "Scotch and Soda" being mistakenly remembered as "Whiskey and Soda"?

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i was going to mention that to you at the time when you started that thread. the names are clearly different yet similar, so they may actually be two different tanks from the same unit. or they may be, as you say, one correct and one incorrect name, for the one tank.

probably, the only person who can sort this out would be David Fletcher, the author of the book that contains his contention that this may have been a mark 4 composite.

-- Edited by philthydirtyanimal at 15:59, 2007-09-26

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I was going to mention as well, that I found the unit involved. It is C Company of 17th Armoured Car Battalion, Tank Corps. George Forty states in "The Royal Tank Regiment: A Pictorial History 1916 - 1987" that C Company was equipped with "a mixture of Medium B and Heavy Tanks". So there quite possibly was more than one Mark IV in Ireland.

Incidentally 17 Battalion tanks didn't follow the initial letter convention for tank names. They had a unique problem - the letter Q.

Gwyn

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"Whiskey" and "Soda" were the names of two pet lions that Lafayette Escadrille pilots adopted as lucky charms:
"very aviation unit boasts several mascots. Dogs of every description are to be seen around the camps, but the Americans managed, during their stay in Paris, to add to their menagerie by the acquisition of a lion cub named "Whiskey." The little chap had been born on a boat crossing from Africa and was advertised for sale in France. Some of the American pilots chipped in and bought him. Later a young female lion named Soda joined Whiskey. Their preferred food was a soup made of meat and bread. Soda was always more wild than Whiskey: a mystery of the feminine soul !"

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Just a thought - "scotch and soda" and "whiskey and soda" are two completely different drinks - "whiskey" being the spelling of Irish and American varieties and "whisky" is the real thing!!!!!
Tony

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