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Reference Image WW2 Leyland Trucks and their Variants

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WW2 Leyland Trucks and their variants.

Leyland Retriever, 3-ton, 6x4

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General Service

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Breakdown Gantry (Recovery)
Camera CV2

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Crane Coles Mk VIII series 5

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Crane Coles EMA Mk VI

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Darkroom PV2

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Lifting Derrick

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Folding Boat Equipment (FBE) Bridging

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Machinery Flat Floor
Machinery House Type
Machinery 24 KW RE

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F-type Machinery

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Photo-mechanical
Plotter and Recorder

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Pontoon Bridging
Printing
Searchlight
Stores
Wireless

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B2 Compressor Truck (barrage balloon)

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Armoured

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Mobile Church
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Mobile Church interior.

Leyland Hippo 10-ton 6x4

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Hippo Mk I


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Hippo MkII

Leyland's offering in the 10-ton 6x4 class was the Hippo Mk1 built to undertake long distance journeys. Crew comfort was far from satisfactory as the cab was designed like so many of the period with canvas doors and storm aprons for protection. Not ideal for long journeys! Early Mk1 Hippos were fitted with 36.00 x 8 tyres with twin rear wheels on both axles. 1944 saw the introduction of the MkII and MkIIA 10-ton Hippos, purpose built trucks for long-distance work that included a fully enclosed cab and a body with wheel arches and a well to give a lower loading height. MkII models were fitted with either 13.50 x 20 or 14.00 x 20 single tyres all round, while the MkIIA had 10.50 x 22 tyres with dual rears. Both models served in the post-war British Army until well into the 1970s.
The Hippo was essentially only ever a General Service vehicle although one or two were used as caravans for senior officers.

Leyland Lynx 3-ton 4x2

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The shortage of military transport vehicles during the early part of the war won Leyland a contract to supply 1,500 civilian-based 3-ton 4x2 Lynx models with War Department-pattern timber, and later, steel bodies. They were supplied with civilian styled cabs and also a military-pattern open cab with canvas doors and storm aprons. It is believed that the majority of Lynx models were used on the home front, but a picture of one in Northern France in 1944 is in existence. The Lynx was only officially used in a General Service role although local "modifications" did spring up.
 

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