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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.2

Production

  • Bedford OYD GS 3-ton: over 72,0001
    • Production: 1939 - 19451

Usage

There were 22 Bedford OYD GS 3-tons in each armored regiment.1

Duties:

  • Cargo2
  • Fuel tanker2
  • Water tanker2

Specifications

  Bedford 3-Ton truck
Crew 12
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 16,478 lb2
7,490 kg2
Length 22'2
6.7 m2
Height 9' 9"2
3 m2
Width 7' 7"2
2.3 m2
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Quantity  
Main  
Engine (Make / Model) Austin2
Cylinders 62
Net HP 722
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 50 mph2
80 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 187 miles2
300 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 1' 11"2
0.6 m2
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires  
  Bedford OYD GS 3-Ton truck1
Crew 11
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6.46 tons1
Length 20' 4.9"1
6.22 m1
Height 10' 1.6"1
3.09 m1
Width 7' 2"1
2.18 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main  
Quantity  
Main  
Engine (Make / Model) Bedford WD1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 721
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 45 mph1
72.5 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 280 miles1
450 km1
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