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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Sturm78 » 01 Apr 2020 19:54

Hi all,

Can somebody identify the exact model of this Chevrolet Canadian truck ?
This truck have the front mudguards and windshield cut out

Image from LIFE.
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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Tomg44 » 02 Apr 2020 06:22

Chevrolet WA/WB - 1940 model year
See here https://www.trucksplanet.com/catalog/model.php?id=1095

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Clive Mortimore » 02 Apr 2020 12:04

The body work is Indian Pattern.
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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Sturm78 » 02 Apr 2020 20:16

Tomg44 wrote
Chevrolet WA/WB - 1940 model year
See here https://www.trucksplanet.com/catalog/model.php?id=1095
Clive wrote
The body work is Indian Pattern
Thanks for your answers. Was this model manufactured only in Canada ?

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Tomg44 » 02 Apr 2020 23:11

It looks as though they were sold as the Chevrolet Maple Leaf
See here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_M ... #Chevrolet

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by B Hellqvist » 07 May 2020 02:49

This is a detail of a photo from France, 1940. I'm under the impression that the vehicle is British. Can anyone tell which unit?
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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by Alanmccoubrey » 07 May 2020 19:42

The "van" looks French to me.
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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by gebhk » 08 May 2020 16:25

I'd say it is definitely from a French artillery unit, the marking on the door indicating the battery within the regiment. My first blind guess would be that it is some sort of radio or other signals vehicle with the roof rack torn off.

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by B Hellqvist » 08 May 2020 17:59

gebhk wrote:
08 May 2020 16:25
I'd say it is definitely from a French artillery unit, the marking on the door indicating the battery within the regiment. My first blind guess would be that it is some sort of radio or other signals vehicle with the roof rack torn off.
I've tried to find any online resources for BEF and French Army vehicle markings, and at least the latter is severely lacking (at least in English). I'll give it
a try,though.

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by gebhk » 08 May 2020 19:22

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by gebhk » 08 May 2020 19:42

In my case it would involve a trip to the loft to consult my Vauvillier and I am feeling somewhat lazy at the moment. However, in the morning I may feel altogether different :).

Hmm, OK, I did the decent thing. Best guess its a Renault OS 850kg with a specialist body I don't recognise.

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by B Hellqvist » 09 May 2020 17:44

gebhk wrote:
08 May 2020 19:42
In my case it would involve a trip to the loft to consult my Vauvillier and I am feeling somewhat lazy at the moment. However, in the morning I may feel altogether different :).

Hmm, OK, I did the decent thing. Best guess its a Renault OS 850kg with a specialist body I don't recognise.
Thanks! The details check out for a Renault OS4 or OS5; it's just that the roof is taller than what the few photos on the net show.

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Re: Id. british vehicle

Post by gebhk » 10 May 2020 15:14

AFAIK these vehicles were not made for or bought by the army. What there was, was acquired from mobilising/requisitioning civilian vehicles and thus would have come with whatever adaptations (factory or after sales) that they served their former masters with. The 'raised' roof probably isn't a raised roof as such but a second roof over the original cab roof creating a useful shelf accessible from the inside of the van body.

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