Vehicles

On this page you will find examples of the type of vehicles used by the WW2 Tommy.

BSA Folding Parachutist Bicycle

 

 

BSA - Parabike

Designed

 1941

Manufacturer

 BSA Birmingham Small Arms Company

Model

Airborne folding paratroopers bicycle 1st & 2nd pattern

 

 Weighing approximately 14.5 kg (32 lbs) the BSA "parabike" was manufactured between 1941 and 1945 and was used by Paratroopers and front line troops on D-Day and at the Battle of Arnhem

 

 

BSA M20 Motorcycle

 

BSA M20

Designed

 1937

Manufacturer

 BSA Birmingham Small Arms Company

Model

M20

Specifications

Engine

 496cc Single cylinder side valve 4 stroke

Horsepower

13 bhp @ 4,200 rpm

Transmission

 4 speed train driven

Capacity

 3 gallons
 

 

Royal Enfield WD/C Motorcycle

 

Royal Enfield WD/C

Designed

 1940

Manufacturer

 BSA Birmingham Small Arms Company

Model

WD/C

Specifications

Engine

 346cc Single cylinder side valve 4 stroke

Horsepower

10 bhp @ 4,200 rpm

Transmission

 4 speed train driven

Capacity

 Approximately 3 gallons
 

 

Willy MB & Ford GPW "Jeeps"

Willys MB & Ford GPW Jeeps 1/4 ton (5cwt) Command Reconnaissance Vehicle.

Introduced in 1941 this 4x4 vehicles was manufactured in huge numbers (around 640,000) before production of these models ceased in 1945.

This 4x4 vehicle had a 54bhp 4 cylinder petrol engine, 3 speed gearbox with 2 speed transfer box and hydraulic brakes.

   
Ford GPW Jeep,  modified as a field ambulance.
 

 

Austin 10 Cambridge Staff Car

Introduced in December 1936 and in production until October 1947 the Austin 10 Cambridge is a 4x2 vehicle with a four cylinder 1125cc engine rated at 21bhp, a four speed constant mesh transmission and a mechanically operated braking system.

Approximately 53,000 Austin 10 Cambridge Saloons, Utilities were built during the war years.

 

 

Ford WOT2 3/4 ton (15cwt) General Purpose Truck

Ford WOT2 Introduced in 1940 and in production until 1944 the WOT2 is a 4x2 vehicle with a V8 petrol engine rated at 30bhp, 4 speed transmission and mechanically operated brakes.

Approximately 60,000 Ford WOT2's were built at Ford's Dagenham works.

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford MWR 3/4 ton (15cwt) Radio Truck

Introduced in 1939 and remaining in production until 1945 the MW series is a 4x2 vehicle with a 6 Cylinder petrol engine, 4 speed transmission and hydraulic brakes.

Earlier models had open cabs with small folding windscreens.

Approximately 65,000 MW's of all types were produced.

 

 

Ford T16 Universal Carrier

Introduced in 1939 and built in vast quantities in several countries including USA where it was designated T16.

Powered by the same Ford V8 fitted to the WOT2 it also had a 4 speed transmission.

Around 35,000 were built in the UK, 29,000 in Canada, 13,900 in USA, 5,600 in Australia and 520 in New Zealand before production ended in 1945.

   

 

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