LONDON TAXIS at WAR by Wiliam Eales, P.1-80,

The author wrote a small book but once you start reading all the different stories you go on with reading.

I(Ed.) publish this because these days we also remember London and the blitz and that is what the book is all about. Next to grave stories also room for humor. I copied only two of them. 

2015-11-09, LONDON TAXIS at WAR (80 pages of stories)

Austin Low Loaders were refitted as fire fighters and many were lost. Many cab drivers were wounded or died during the blitz. 

From the book:-

” This piece of traditional British ‘phlegm’ iIIustrated here in this golf notice at the Richmond Golf Club in 1940
Based on the temporary rules during hostilities.
Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the Mowing Machines.
In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.
Shrapnel and/ or bomb splinters on the Fairways or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a bali, may be moved without penalty and no penalty shall be incurred if a bali is thereby caused to move accidentally.
A bali moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a bali may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
A balllying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.
A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another bali from the same place, penalty one stroke.
1 am sure that members of the MOCATRA (Motor Cab Trade) Golf Society would be very amused at these special drawn up rules.
These golf rules were taken from Richard Collier’s “Eagle Day”, published by Sphere Books Limited, 1981″ 

IMMOBILISATION OF CABS IN TUE EVENT OF INVASION All cab owners should be ready, in the event of invasion , to immobilise their vehic1es the moment the order is given. Failure to act promptly would give the enemy the chance to provide himself with transport.
p. 73

“London Taxis at War cont’d……..
It is important that cab owners should understand now what they and drivers in their employment have to do, and satisfy themselves that they can carry out the order at any time without delay.
In the event of owners being informed by the police or through the Civil Defence Services that immobilisation of vehicles has been ordered in their area, they must take the following steps in regard to all their vehicles:
Remove the distributor heads and leads, and
either empty tanks or remove weil away from the vehicles.
If vehicles are required for Home Guard purposes, special instructions will be given.
In case of Invasion
Fuel tanks can be emptied through the drain plug if one is provided or, as an emergency measure, the tank can be punctured (e.g. by a large nail) at its lowest part.
Care should be taken that fuel drained from tanks is not emptied where it wil! flow into drains; otherwise a serious explosion may occur. These things are the least that must be done. It will be all to the good if other readily removable parts of the mechanism are also taken weil away from the vehicle.
Where no order has been issued but it is obvious that there is an immediate risk of the vehic1e being seized by the enemy, the distributor head or magnets should be smashed with a spanner or hammer and tension heads removed.
Owners of garages and large fleets of vehicles in specified areas may be required to remove stocks of spare parts or parts taken from their vehicles also they should make provisional arrangements accordingly. As vehicles maybe on the road a long way from their garage when an order for immobilisation is given, owners should ensure that drivers are properly instructed as to the correct method of immobilising their vehicles.
Article of news and comment from the Owner Driver and M.C.O.D.A. Gazette -June

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