Echoes of War 1963: Bloody Christmas

A FV13100 series Bedford RL in a convoy from 58 Company Royal Army Service Corps during a deployment to Cyprus. The RL was manufactured in several variants including this three-ton 4x4 cargo form powered by a 4,927cc six-cylinder engine of 110bhp and using a four-speed gearbox and two-speed transfer box. 11.00x20 tyres were fitted and the wheelbase measured 156in

An inter-communal armed conflict started in December 1963 which is referred to in the Turkish Cypriot nationalist narrative as Bloody Christmas

In 1914, Cyprus was annexed by Britain when the Ottoman Empire sided with the Central Powers. Britain had occupied the island in 1878 but it had remained nominally under Ottoman sovereignty: in 1925 the island became a British colony.

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