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Great Britain's Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2

Photos

Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2 with Rhodesian troops of the 60th King's Royal Rifles in the Western Desert, May 12, 1942:
Great Britain's Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2
No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, War Office, ©IWM

Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2 carrying men of the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers and a French 25mm 34 SA anti-tank gun at Dury, January 14, 1940:
Great Britain's Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2
Lt. Davies, War Office, ©IWM

Design

In 1935 the War Office conducted tests on a commercial trucks that were modified by Bedford.1

Chassis

The chassis had its ground clearance increased.2

Cargo

Originally the Bedford MWD was to carry 2 pdr antitank guns.2

Cooling

The engine hood was to be full width as to hold a large air filter.2

Crew

Early production models had a canvas top and could fold down the windshield.2 This was later replaced by an enclosed cab.2

Prototype

In 1937 the prototype for the Bedford MWD first appeared.2

Production

After more rounds of modifications and tests an order was finally placed in August 1939 for 2,000.1,2

  • Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, 4x2: >200,0002, 250,0001
    • Manufacturer: Bedford1
    • Production: 1939 - ?1

Usage

Used by all branches of the British military.1

Life After World War II

The Bedford 15 cwt trucks were used well into the 1950s.1,2

Specifications

  Bedford, Truck, 15 cwt, GS, 4x2 MWD
Crew 12
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 4,690 lb2, 4,700 lb1
2,132 kg1,2
Length 14' 4.5"1,2
4.38 m1,2
Height - with GS tilt 7' 6"1,2
2.29 m1,2
Height - without GS tilt 6' 4"2
1.93 m2
Width 6' 6.5"1,2
1.99 m1,2
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Wheelbase 8' 3"1
2.51 m1
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Bedford OHV1,2
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 61,2
Capacity 3.5 l1,2
Net HP 721,2
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 4 forward, 1 reverse1,2
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline1,2
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 59.4 mph2
95 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 268 miles2
430 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 2' 4"2
0.7 m2
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 21
Tires 9.00x161

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site