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Small Ships

Small Arms Artillery

Other Armament

General Engineering





Armoured Vehicles

Wheeled Vehicles

Engineer Vehicles

Engineer Plant

Medical and Dental

Field Operations


Equipment Monitoring


Repair Parts

Opening Locked Security Containers

WO Bob Thompson, Art Armt
Bob Thompson
Bob Thompson

There were a number of times that I was asked to open security safes and security cabinets, especially in Saigon.

Capt. Ajj. Lee allowed me to go and do a safe cracking course for a week.

I was attached to a Top Sergeant Stone in Saigon. He taught me to open safes using psychology. For example

  • Find out the regimental number, birthdate etc of the last person responsible
  • Look in the draw of his desk, take out the draw, look under and at the end.
  • Use the Manufacture's registered number. Stone had a list of all the Manufacturer's safes numbers from when they send them out.
  • If all that failed he had a set of most used numbers.

I opened a few without trouble; I found most people would not bother to change the Manufacture's number as it's too much of a hassle

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