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There is lots of interest brewing in the ROC and i for one have lots of very rare items covering all aspects of the Royal Observer Corps from its formation in 1925 till its final day of operation in 1995.
I will use this thread to post pictures of things i have, i will give a brief explanation where possible. if you have your own items or rarities please post them.
PS this list is by no means finished - the amount of stuff i have is ridiculous and due to the size of my collection it is spread out and stored in three different locations!
Radiac Survey Meter No.2. In use in the ROC from the early 1960's till 1982. Used for mobile monitoring missions outside of the post. Replaced by the PDRM82 in 1982. Group Headquaters still kept a stock for back up items and they were calibrated and kept in working order until the early 90's in some cases.
This is the maintenence log for the machine.
This is the PDRM82 and is the item that replaced the RSM No.2. It could be used outside for mobile monitoring. It had a clear to see LCD Screen. The PDRM82F was almost identical but had an external coax socket for connecting an ionisation chamber that would be pushed up into the polycarbonate dome on the surface.
BT Unit AD8010. More commonly known as the Teletalk. Introduced around 1980 and replaced an early version. Each post was equipped with one. They were connected to the cluster master post via a private circuit and then the master post was equipped with a radio and antenna to report back to Group HQ.
Teletalk with lid shut. This one is in a bad condition.
Transition to war plans. Each observer, and group HQ was to be issued with one of these. They were to be kept up to date and held all the neccessary information should they be called up in the event of war.
Royal Observer Corps Training Camps were held pretty much every year, normally in a different location. Not only were they great social events, they allowed new equipment to be tested and emonstrated.
Observers Diary. Each Observer was issued with an ROC Diary. The front inside page showed the locations and contact details of the 25 Groups.
Return of RAF Identity Card. Each Observer was issued with an official ID Card. In some cases these were kept (unoficcialy) by the Observer but the majority were handed back in. They were probablys all destroyed.
ROC Certificate. A Master Test was held each year for the Observers. Ceritificates and patches for uniform were awarded to those that passed to the highest standard.
Certificate of StandDown. Issued in 1991.
ROC Medal - issue covering letter.
All Observers were issued with an Observers Handbook.
There were various manuals available. This is one of the final ones produced in the late 80's.
Personal Dosimiters were issued to each observer. They were to be worn when leaving the post. The amount of radiation would be tallied up, those that had been exposed to the maximum could not leave the post until being decontaminated.
Reciever Unit for the WB System. All posts issued with one. They would recieve the messages for attack warning red.
Rare example of a Modern BT Box used at a Seismic Reporting Station until 1998.
Junction Boxes and the Speaker Unit that was connected to the Speech Reciever.
Large Post/Cluster/Sector/Area map of ROC, issued 1973.
Various items of protective clothing. Gloves, Wellington Covers, Coats etc.
All posts issued with a hand operated siren re-used from WWII in some cases. The crates for the sirens still remain at the majority of posts as they were too large to leave the hatch!
Siren - in packed position.
Spares box for the PE (Petrol Electric) Set (Genorater) that all posts were issued with.
All keys officially had only 3 sets of keys. One remained at the Group Headquaters for Engineers etc, one for the Group Officer and one for the Head Observer. In many cases, more than one post observer had keys. They were different for every post. To the left is the key for unlocking scottish posts and to the right the key for all english posts.
Various uniform Items. Large Patch is for Green Coveralls. Three barred epaulettes and badges for Cheif Observer. Number denotes group number. Notice the different in shades. Some are pre 1977 so they were to match the old Battledress Uniform.
This shows how much fuel was back then!
ROC Recruitment Leaflet. There were many issued and i will post some more up soon.
That is all for now - hopefully that will keep you interested for a bit
If you want any photos please let me know, dont use without my permission.