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A_Melbourne

The silver Spitfire

My Dad was a main supplier to the British army in Egypt. At the end of the war, he and two other main suppliers were offered lots of "army surplus" gear almost for free. The Army was desperately short of money. One offer was for brand new latest model Spitfires - boxed and minus guns - for £100 each. A motor torpedo boat - minus tubes - was £500. He settled for lots of trucks and a miniature mining train engine with cars and rails.

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