5 CDSB Gagetown, New Brunswick, soft skinned vehicles (SSV)

Soft Skinned Vehicles (SSV), New Brunswick Military History Museum, 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5056727)

CF Transport trucks on a railcar heading to areas affected by the 1998 Ice storm, 15 January 1998.

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M125 2-1/2 ton cargo truck with winch, CFR No. 56-54139, 7, one of two with the NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.  This is the second vehicle on the right on the right as you enter the base.

M125 2.5-ton cargo truck, Licence Plate 54688, NBMHM vehicle park, 5 CSDB Gagetown.

M135 2-1/2 ton Cargo Truck

The M135 is a 2-1/2 ton six-wheel cargo truck made by General Motors Corporation (GMC).  It is often referred to as a "Deuce-and-a-half".   This vehicle has a number of variations, the most common being the cargo version.  It could carry a dozen troops or a variety of equipment and supplies. The truck was powered by a GMC 270 gas engine. All Canadian models of the truck had a 5 speed hydromatic transmission with two high gears, two low gears and a reverse gear.  The M135 was one of the first automatic transmissions available at the time. A few models were equipped with a PTO (power take off) which powered a winch located on the front bumper.  The NBMHM has two in its collection.

M543 Wrecker, Recovery Truck, 5-ton 6X6, CFR No. 55-60293, 16.

M821 Bridge Transporting Stake Truck, 5-ton 6X6, Model R-6602, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

The M809 Series 5-ton 6x6 truck (G908) was a family of heavy tactical trucks built for the United States Armed Forces. The basic cargo version was designed to transport a 5-ton (4,500 kg), 14 ft (4.3 m) long load over all terrain in all weather. In on-road service the load weight was doubled. Built by AM General, they evolved into the M939 Series.

The M821 Bridge Transporting Stake Truck had a 20 ft (6.1 m) long body for carrying bridging equipment and components. They had a roller on the rear to help unloading and small winches on the side to secure cargo.  The stake sides could be removed to carry oversize loads.  The largest tires in the series, 14.00x20, were used with dual rear tires.

M925 Stake Truck, 5-ton 6X6, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

M211 CDN Dump Truck, 5-ton 6X6, CFR No. 62-07093, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5301277)

M-817 CDN Dump Truck, 5-ton 6X6, Op SALON, Quebec, 20 August 1990. The M-211 is the gas fueled version, whereas the M-817 in the picture above is a diesel fueled version with a slightly longer front end to accommodate the diesel engine. The exhaust stack and the narrow bottom step on the passenger side to accommodate 4 batteries instead of just 2 in the gas version are visible. (Kevin Soper)

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5394883)

Trucks of the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada roll across the Leine River bridge as they race to take up positions during Exercise "Keen Blade", a five-day tactical exercise involving the Canadian NATO brigade and units of the German Army's 3rd Panzer Brigade. In the background are the battlements of historic Marienburg Castle, 15 Oct 1963.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3204753)

M37 3.4-ton Trucks and troops on duty in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, during War Measures Act, October 1970.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584392)

Personnel with a Canadian made 1944-45 Dodge D3/4- APT/WP truck, in front of an RCAF Avro Lancaster, Resolute Bay, 14 June 1950.

M37 3.4-ton Truck, NBMHM.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235928)

Boeing Vertol CH-113A Voyageur Helicopter (Serial No. 10411), later (Serial No. 11311), Canadian Army, lifting an M37 3.4-ton Truck, ca 1965.

The sling straps at the rear pass between the box sill and the lowered tailgate to attach to the lifting rings inside the bumperettes. We used to do a lot of heli moves when I was in D Bty, 2 RCHA. Techniques for slinging were carefully worked out for each vehicle or artillery piece we slung to ensure the vehicles or artillery pieces weren't damaged and the lift was conducted safely and expeditiously. (Michael Calhan)

106-mm M40A1 Recoilless Rifle mounted on an M38A1 CDN3 Jeep, NBMHM.

(Author Photo)

106-mm M40A1 Recoilless Rifle mounted on an M38A1 CDN3 Jeep, CFB Petawawa, Ontario, Aug 1974.

M-151 Truck, Utility, 1.25-ton, 4 X 4 Jeep (G838), NBMHM.

Chevrolet 5/4-ton Truck, Licence No. 98084, 89C, NBMHM.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3930999)

Sgt. Bruce A. Riopelle, 1 RCR on patrol UN outpost and Hill of a Thousand Souls in background, Cyprus, October 1989.

Iltis ¼- ton Truck, NBMHM.

(NBMHM Photo)

Willys Jeep modified with the hood of a civilian car, in service with the Canadian Army in Europe during the Second World War. British census number M44232600.  This number was not used in Canada except on a few newly produced Otters, although a few other newly made vehicles during the war may have had it painted on them.  Universal Carriers have such a WD census number stamped into the top edge of the armour plate in front of the driver but had the DND number painted on while they were serving in Canada.  The DND census numbers were used in Canada.  The white star, British Jerrycan and modifications also suggest that the photo was taken in UK or Europe.  (Colin MacGregor Stevens)

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3524566)

Personnel of the 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA, using waterproofed jeep during river-crossing exercise, Bognor, England, 14 Dec 1942.  

Willys Jeep, CM4231625, private collector, Oromocto.

Willys Jeep, private collector, Oromocto.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3524570)

Bombardier Bob Stuchbury washing jeep in creek en route to Falaise.  Le Beffen, France, 13 Aug 1944.

Present Day SSV at 5 CDSB Gagetown

Navistar 7400 SFA 6x6 MILCOTS truck.

Western Star 40.10, Light Support Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW), and M35 Cdn Medium Logistic Vehicle Wheeled (MLVW).

Western Star 40.10, Light Support Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW).

Steyr 1492 Percheron or UTDC 24 M32, Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW) Cargo.

Western Star 6X6 Truck, Heavy Engineer Support Vehicle (HESV).

RG-31 Nyala, NBMHM.  (Author Photo, 24 May 2020)

RG-31 Nyala

The RG-31 Nyala is a 4×4 multi-purpose mine-resistant ambush protected infantry mobility vehicle manufactured in South Africa by Land Systems OMC.  The Canadian Forces purchased 75 RG-31 Mk3 equipped with the Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS).

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