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Great Britain's Bedford 3-Ton truck

Design

After the loses at Dunkirk and the threat of German invasion had subsided the Bedford 3-ton truck was developed.

Production

  • Bedford OYD GS 3-ton: over 72,000
    • Production: 1939 - 1945

Usage

There were 22 Bedford OYD GS 3-tons in each armored regiment.

Duties:

  • Cargo
  • Fuel tanker
  • Water tanker

Specifications

  Bedford 3-Ton truck
Crew 1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 16,478 lb
7,490 kg
Length 22'
6.7 m
Height 9' 9"
3 m
Width 7' 7"
2.3 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Quantity  
Main  
Engine (Make / Model) Austin
Cylinders 6
Net HP 72
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 50 mph
80 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 187 miles
300 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 1' 11"
0.6 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires  
  Bedford OYD GS 3-Ton truck
Crew 1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6.46 tons
Length 20' 4.9"
6.22 m
Height 10' 1.6"
3.09 m
Width 7' 2"
2.18 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Quantity  
Main  
Engine (Make / Model) Bedford WD
Cylinders 6
Net HP 72
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 45 mph
72.5 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 280 miles
450 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. Western Allied Tanks 1939-45, David Porter, 2009
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site