Sunday, April 19, 2015

CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) 30cwt Truck

The Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck was a class of military truck - of various forms - made in large numbers in Canada during World War II to British Army specifications for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies. Standard designs were drawn up just before the beginning of the war.

CMP trucks were also sent to the Soviet Union following the Nazi invasion, as part of Canada's Gift and Mutual Aid program to the Allies. During the War CMP trucks saw service around the world in the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Sicily, the Italian Campaign, the Russian Front, the Burma Campaign, the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), the liberation of Northwest Europe, and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. CMP trucks also saw service in post-war conflicts in Indonesia, French Indochina, and the Portuguese colonies in Africa.

The ambulance is a CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) 30cwt.  Many were taken over by the Dutch after World War II and some were used by their NICA forces.  It is difficult to tell the Ford from the Chevrolet versions unless you have a very detailed photograph. Both companies used their own chassis and engine/transmission/drive lines to mount a wide variety of common design (pattern) bodies on several different sizes of truck.  15cwt, 30cwt and 3 ton were the common ones. The picture was taken at Purworejo, 1 December 1948

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