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Canada built and used trailers with her military vehicles. 

In WWII the sizes were by hundredweight (Cwt.) which equals 112 pounds. Thus:  10 Cwt. = 1/2 Ton (jeep and small truck size).

10 Cwt. 

Canadian built 10 Cwt GS trailer in action.
The Pictorial History of Canada's Army Overseas 1939-1945 page 238
Trailer 10-P-GS-1.jpg (54796 bytes) Trailer, 10 Cwt. 10-P-GS-1 Composite wood and metal construction. Made in Canada. The lunette is reversible so that it can adjusted for a high (e.g. 60 Cwt. - 3 Tonner) or low (e.g. jeep) towing vehicle to help keep it level. Photo from AEDB DESIGN RECORD.
AEDB Trailer 10 Cwt chassis.jpg (202512 bytes)AEDB Trailer 10 Cwt 10-P-GS-1 wood.jpg (226710 bytes)AEDB Trailer 10 Cwt 10-P-GS-2.jpg (234478 bytes)AEDB Trailer 10 Cwt page 3.jpg (281666 bytes)
Pages from the DESIGN RECORD Volume VII TRAILERS. 
Trailer 10-CWT GS Willys MBT.jpg (223014 bytes)  Trailer 10 Cwt, GS  Code 10-P-GS  as made by Willys-Overland. From Dr. Bill Gregg reprint of a 1944 Vehicle Data Book of the Canadian Army.
Trailer MB-T.jpg (152221 bytes)  Willys MB-T trailer from reprint of a WWII US manual on the jeep and trailer. Trailer MB-T made by Willys in the USA during World War II. This is a 1/4 Ton trailer towed mainly by jeeps. It is 6 volt electrical system (M100 had 24 V); has NO corner handles (those came on later M100 trailer in 1950s); and NO tailgate (those came on Civilian T-3C trailers). Tires are 6.00x16 on "combat" (split) rims. During WWII Bantam also made virtually identical trailers. These are called the Bantam T-3 (NOTE: The T-3C is CIVILIAN post-war). These were classed as 10 Cwt by the Canadian Army in WWII.
1 Canadian Parachute Battalion was part of the British 6 Airborne Division and as such used some 10 Cwt Lt. Wt. trailers e.g. for Mortar Platoon and Medical.

20 CWT.

Trailer 20 Cwt composite AEDB V VII p 55.jpg (246649 bytes)Trailer 20 Cwt steel AEDB V VII p 56.jpg (221971 bytes)  Click to enlarge.
Pages 55 - 56 from Volume VII of the Canadian DESIGN RECORD (originally published by the  "Army Engineering Design Branch" (AEDB)  as a set of 8 volumes published in 1945. These scans are from my originals of the next edition - a 2 book set published by Directorate of Vehicle Development, QMG Branch, DND. 

Canada used and built many other trailers. The above are just some of the most common WWII types.


Copyright Colin Stevens Updated: August 24, 2008
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