Universal Carrier Mk.I APC Brit. Boys 14.5mm AT rifle and Russ. Degtyarev DT 7.62mm MG
Note original British weight classification, a yellow »5«
Note unusual spare road wheel attachment
Developed in the 30s, the Universal Carrier was designed to provide armoured troop transport and was produced in the U.K. als well as in Canada.
The first 330 Universal carrier Mk.I reached the Russian Northern ports already in autumn 1941 on board of the first western PQ convoys.
According to Western sources, 2560 were sent until 1945 of which 228 were lost en route. As usual, Russian numbers are smaller - only 2008 arrived resp.
From 1942 on, the Red Army deployed the Universals mainly to scout and reconnaissance units, often in connection with motorcycles, and frequently used them to capture so-called »tongues« (prisoners providing information) behind enemy lines.
Note :The original markings were usually kept while the standard cal.303 Bren gun was frequently replaced by the domestic 7.62mm Degtyarev DT gun.
The »T53256« in the Kursk salient prior to »Zitadelle«, June 1943
The »T78987« with Boys AT rifle installed and Bren Gun
The »T53680« in winter whitewash camouflage
The »T78987« in winter whitewash camouflage, with cal. 303 Bren gun mounted