Artillery Tractors in the Western Desert


Morris CD/SW 6x4 Light AA Tractor (Bofors)
15th LAA Regiment R.A. of the 7th Armoured Division, El Alamein
Highly effective "QF 40mm Mk.III" Bofors L/60 AA gun
Standard Mk.1 platform with angular side arms
Mk.2/3 platform with tubular side arms

Bedford QLB 4x4 Light AA Tractor (Bofors)
42nd LAA Regiment R.A. of the 1th Armoured Division, El Alamein
Bedford(left) and Morris(right) of 2nd LAA (Light Anti Aircraft) Regiment on the move thru the desert
With a "Honey" light tank nearby watching Stuka attack
51st Highlander entering Tunisia, late February 1943
Passing an Italian milestone decorated with the 51st Highlander Division embleme
Height reduced to the minimum

Light Dragon Mk.II Light Artillery Tractor
Repairing the Light Dragon in the plain desert
PM Peter Frazer visiting his New Zealanders, June 1941
Light Dragon Mk.II in Caunter camouflage
Light Dragon towing the 4.5in. Howitzer
Light Dragon towing the 4.5in. Howitzer

Marmon-Herrington LP3[A], 4x4, Artillery Tractor (Aust.)
Marmon-Herrington LP3[A] based on 1939 Ford 91T of 2nd New Zealand Division with bi-lingual RegNr.
Early 2-tone camouflage
Factory-fresh vehicle at Ford Motor Works, Geelong, Victoria/Australia
Kiwis having a comfortable ride
18-pdr Field Gun Mk.2 on early pole trail Mk.2P carriage
Destination Bardia : Towing the 18-pdr Mk.2 on Mk.2P pole trail carriage
1941 original Marmon-Herrington advertisement in the U.S.

...based on 1940 Ford 01T
Marmon-Herrington LP3[A] based on 1940 Ford 01T of 7th Australian Division with its Kookabura Div.symbol
Some 700 1939/40 Ford Marmon-Herrimgton chassis converted at Geelong Ford Motor Works
Caunter scheme camouflaged M.-H. Art.Tractor hauling 4.5in. Howitzer thru the desert
Famous image of LP3[A]s of 6th Australian Division hauling 4.5in. Howitzers thru the desert
Equipping British and Australian batteries in the Western Desert in 1940 and 1941
Original Marmon-Herrington advertisements at the start(left) and the end(right) of the N.A.campaign

Morris CD/SW, 6x4, Field Artillery Tractor (F.A.T.)
Field maintenance of the Morris CD/SW Field Artillery Tractor
Towing the 18-pdr Mk.IV (or 25pdr Mk.I resp.) Gun on Mk.V split trail carriage and with the No.27 limber

Karrier KT4, 4x4, Field Artillery Tractor (F.A.T.)
Karrier KT4 of a Field Artillery unit of the Indian 4th Division
Entering Sidi Barrani during operation "Compass" in late 1940
Karrier KT4 of a Field Artillery unit of the Indian 4th Division in Caunter scheme camouflage
Towing the 18-pdr Mk.IV (or 25pdr Mk.I) Gun on Mk.IV box trail carriage and with the No.27 limber

Guy Quad-Ant, 4x4, Field Artillery Tractor (F.A.T.)
Guy Quad-Ant of 2nd New Zealand Division with bi-lingual RegNr.
Towing the 18-pdr Mk.4 on Mk.5P split trail carriage
Unloading Guy and Morris Quads at the Port Said docks
... my fault : It's Singapore instead, sorry
Almost 4000 produced from 1938 to 1944
18-pdr Mk.IV Gun on the Mk.V split trail carriage and with the No.27 limber
... could be a 18/25-pdr as well due to very similar external appearance

Morris Commercial C4 Mk.II, 4x4, Field Artillery Tractor (F.A.T.)
Morris Commercial C8 of 7th Armoured Division
Abandoned Morris captured by Germans and moved by their early Pz.III
Caunter camouflaged Morris with both doors open and camonet on the roof
Well known shot of the Caunter camouflaged Morris with No.75 Arms-of-Service Number
Newsreel shots of a Morris/25pdr column passing the war correspondent
The superb 25-pounder Field Gun with his standard No.27 Limber
Typical Artillery column with open side door

Chevrolet 8440/CGT and Ford C291Q/FGT, 4x4, CMP Field Artillery Tractor (F.A.T.)
Chevrolet 8440/CGT of the famous 9th Australian Division ("Diggers")
9th Australian Division during the 1st Battle of El Alamein, July 9, 1942
Canadian built CMP FAT "Quad" with 7A2 "beetle back" body with two doors and canvas covered centre roof section
Ford C291Q/FGT of the (equally) famous 7th Armoured Division ("Desert Rats")
Early 1940/41 Caunter Camouflage
September 1942 El Alamein 2-tone-Camouflage
Open right door for better ventilation in the unbearable heat
Chevrolet negotiating deep sandy terrain
A comfortable roof top ride in Tunisia, February 1943
The "Desert Rats" Ford C291Q/FGT again, this time from rear
6-men crew cheering from the roof top
Hard work while dis/connecting the 25-pounder
Two formidable actors on the desert stage : the 25-pounder and the "Quad"

AEC Matador O853, 4x4, Medium Field Artillery Tractor
Matador early type with field modification - "WALES FOREVER" (in Welsh)
XXX Corps - 69th Med.Regt. Carnavon & Denbigh Yeomanry - 2nd Battery, 1st troop, Libya/Tunisia border - Feb. 1943.
Total height reduced to the minimum
7-ton winch and huge 13.50-20 wheels
Further Tunisia Matadors with "L" WD numbers
4.5in. Medium Field Gun

...towing the 3.7in. Haevy Anti-Aircraft Gun
Matador and 3.7in. in dusty traverse of the desert
Australian Anti-Aircraft unit in 2-tone camouflage
Formidable actor on the desert stage : the 3.7in.(94mm) AA Gun
Formidable buddies - The mighty Matador and the merciless 3.7in. Heavy AA gun

...towing the 6in.26cwt Heavy Howitzer
"Caunter" scheme camouflaged Matador hauling the 6in.26cwt Heavy Howitzer over Halfaya ("Hellfire") Pass

...towing trucks and tractors
"Sneezy" towing 2 CMPs over too sandy ground
Towing a Caterpillar Bulldozer at Tel-El-Kebir
Matador 4477165 "SNEEZY" with the Tiger embleme of the 1stArmoured Brigade Group

Scammell Pioneer R100, 6x4, Heavy Artillery Tractor
Towing the 6in.26cwt Heavy Howitzer of WW1 origine
Destination Tobruk: Towing the 60pdr Mk.II Gun of WW1 origine

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