Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Belgian invasion of Yorkshire?

Postings have been a bit thin recently as we've had a few days away in the Lake District.  Mostly much-needed 'down time'.
Anyway, back to the (slightly alarmist) subject of this post.  One day last week I was driving through Hull on my way to meet a client when I became aware that the other lane of the road contained a convoy of military vehicles.  Nothing rare in that, but I didn't immediately recognise the trucks as being in British use.  They turned out to be Unimogs (and a lone Iveco LMV)
A Belgian Army Unimog on a camping holiday.  Not in Hull.
As I began to pass the convoy I noticed that the number plates sported small Belgian flags.  There were about 30 vehicles in all.
An alternative to my invasion theory is that they had been on an exercise at a Ministry of Defence establishment - probably the Driver training school at Leconfield in East Yorkshire.
So, exercise or invasion - what do you think?

15 comments:

DAVE DOCHERTY said...

Maybe turned the wrong way at Zeebrugge,,,

Funny Little Wars - Garden Campaigns said...

Three cheers for Belgium - some continental style in Yorkshire - how bizarre!

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

Invasion. Our clever Government has designated Hull as 'city of culture'and the Belgies have duly invaded to claim it as their own.

In the ensuing negotiations at the UN we will conceed sovereignty of Hull in exchange for a 51% stake in Belgium's trappist breweries.

Result! We got rid of Hull without bloodshed.

Harrys Wargaming Blog said...

Invasion definitly!

JLee118 said...

Start mobilizing the TA battalions.

Tim Gow said...

Dave Docherty
A simple navigational error eh? Typical Belgian trick...

Tim Gow said...

Funny Little Wars
So - a Fifth Columnist!

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
It's a crazy plan - but it might just work....

Tim Gow said...

Harrys Wargaming Blog
That's certainly the way all the evidence points.

Tim Gow said...

JLee118
Your call-up papers are in the post...

Paul Foster said...

Forget the invasion theories chaps.

What really impresses me is the showroom condition of the Mog and the rather dodgy tent peg hammering skills!

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
So while the rest of us are worrying about an invasion your contribution is camping hints? Most useful!

Don M said...

The question is if Belgium invades who would notice? ;-)

Tim Gow said...

Don M
You could be right - there's been nothing in the newspapers.

tradgardmastare said...

Poirot will find the answer...