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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 16:42 pm 
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Hi All

Please can anyone identify this truck. The caption with it says:

The machine gun section of Amersham Company, 5th Buckinghamshire Battalion Home Guard pictured with their Vickers gun mounted in an army lorry.

So if its an army lorry, which one?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 17:21 pm 
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My guess would be a Commer.

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Now you're asking... what's the source? As we all now how accurate the press can be when talking about military stuff! Army Truck could be any of the pre-war civilian stuff!
Twin rears narrows it down. You just need someone who can id it from the shape of the door.
The body is just a standard military body.

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Looks like a bedford door, the Commer would normally have cut outs on the tailgate for the steps and also for the tow bar.

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The pic is from the IWM.

I also thought the doors could be from a Bedford but was unsure about the twin rear wheels.

Has anyone out there got a similar Bedford to compare it to?


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The OW and OX used twin rears in civvy guise, however I don't know how many, if any, of either were fitted with GS bodies - left my Les Freathy book at work.
Also I cant remember if the early OYs used twin rears.

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Would have thought the OB would have been the most logical one being smaller in use for the home guard


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Wasn't the OB the bus/coach built on the O chassis?

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Yes I think you're right in that but I thought I once read that they also put truck bodies on them and B being a 5 ton designation, could be way off mark though there.


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Hi all again. I found this pic on the Historic Military Vehicle Forum. Would you say it's the same type of vehicle from the front?

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Yes that's the one. Although this one has the later style front wheels and the early twin rear wheels. So what you have in the original pic is an early Bedford OY.

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