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The C15TA Armoured Truck was a 4x4 truck used by Canada during World War II.

DescriptionEdit

The C15TA had a six-cylinder GMC engine capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 65 km/h. The C15TA also had a leaf spring suspension system and armor thickness ranging from 6 mm to 14 mm. The C15TA had a crew of two and was able to carry eight passengers. The C15TA Armored Truck had no armament, but a .30 caliber Browning M1919 or .50 caliber Browning M2HB could be mounted. The fuel carrying capacity of the C15TA was about 189.2 liters and the maximum carrying capacity was about 795 kg of cargo.[1]

The C15TA Armored Truck had a weight of 4,082.3 kg and a length of 4.7 meters. The height was about 2.3 meters and the width was also about 2.3 meters. One of the unique features of the C15TA was that it had no roof and only a deployable canvas roof. The C15TA was based on the Otter Light Reconaissance Car and it had some of the same features. The C15TA could be used both as an artillery tractor or a troop carrier.[2] Some C15TAs even served as ambulances.

HistoryEdit

The C15TA was first produced in 1943 and was used up until the Vietnam War. It was developed as a replacement for the M3 Scout Car and when it was introduced, it became very favorable by troops. The C15TA was manufactured by GMC of Canada and over 3,000 were made during World War II. Typically, the C15TA was used as an armored personnel carrier as well as an ambulance, though being the versatile vehicle that it was, it could fulfill numerous other roles.  Many C15TAs that were abandoned during World War II were later used by the new and liberated countries. These countries include Indonesia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Spain.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.warwheels.net/images/C15TA_datasheet.pdf
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20091026195249/http://www.geocities.com/cmpvehicles/c15ta.html


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