Partisan use of the British Universal Carrier?

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Partisan use of the British Universal Carrier?

Post by boltgunner » 11 Sep 2023 11:55

Wikipedia lists "Yugoslav Partisans" as among the historical operators of the British Universal Carrier. I take wikipedia with a grain of salt, so I'd like to know if anyone here can confirm this and possibly provide more details of how the Yugoslavs used them, as well as whether the Universal Carrier was used by any other partisan or resistance groups in Europe?

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Re: Partisan use of the British Universal Carrier?

Post by TISO » 21 Sep 2023 21:12

1st Tank Brigade NOVJ was armed by Brits in Italy with M3A2 (and some A1) Stuarts, AEC Mk III armored cars, and a few bren carriers and jeeps.

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Re: Partisan use of the British Universal Carrier?

Post by boltgunner » 21 Sep 2023 21:26

Thanks Tiso. Do you know anything about how the Universal Carriers were deployed by this unit? Were they primarily recon, or transport, or...?

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Re: Partisan use of the British Universal Carrier?

Post by G. Trifkovic » 26 Nov 2023 17:56

boltgunner wrote:
21 Sep 2023 21:26
Thanks Tiso. Do you know anything about how the Universal Carriers were deployed by this unit? Were they primarily recon, or transport, or...?
Hi,

in their book on armor in Yugoslavia in WW2 (Oklopne jedinice na jugoslovenskom ratištu 1941-1945; Belgrade: ISI, 2011), Bojan Dimitrijević and Dragan Savić mention at one place (p. 270) that Universal Carriers were possibly used as towing vehicles for 57mm AT guns by the 1st Tank Brigade. The first photo suggests it was also used as a recon/transport (the other photo was probably taken in Belgrade and it shows members of the 8th Montenegrin Brigade posing around a Soviet Bren).

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