I must admit that, even as a pen pusher, I prefered the Saladin to the Scorpion. I commanded one upto gunnery camp in Malaya and back, think the driver was John Hodkinson (?)..also a couple of times in N.Ireland. It served us well in Singapore and also in N.Ireland. My brother, Brian, joined the regiment in Herford as a AFV (T) driver also with 'A' Squadron. He, being an ex qualifed motor mechanic, thought the Scorpion was underpowered and spent one weekend on the tank park supercharging the engine..!!! He got a bollocking from REME as I recall for disfiguring Her Majety's property, but I think his Troop Leader, Lt Tilney, praised him for doing a fine job.
For stability and tendancy to roll...did we, 'A' Squadron, not roll one over in N.Ireland? I have the photos to prove it
very prominent in front of the upturned Saladin in the photo, is a brew kettle...!!!
Keep 'em Sharp.