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Old 18-11-04, 14:31
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Attached (hopefuly) is a photograph from the book Nederlandse Pantser Voertuigen illustrating a cut down Beaverette in a Dutch Army Depot immeadiately post war.

Another example was discovered in Holland during the 1980's and was featured in Wheels and Tracks.

I understand another picture survives of a Beaverette being landed accross the Normandy beaches.

Can any one comment further on the use of these totally obsolete armoured cars in the North West Europe Campaign.
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Old 22-11-04, 19:38
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Attached (hopefuly) is a photograph from the book Nederlandse Pantser Voertuigen illustrating a cut down Beaverette in a Dutch Army Depot immeadiately post war.

Another example was discovered in Holland during the 1980's and was featured in Wheels and Tracks.

I understand another picture survives of a Beaverette being landed accross the Normandy beaches.

Can any one comment further on the use of these totally obsolete armoured cars in the North West Europe Campaign.
What an amazing coincidence! I'm just now reading the Regimental history of the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars (7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment).

I've flagged several pages for further study/research, and one of the pages contains the following:

"As odd as it may seem to those members of the Regiment who read this account now, the "Beaverette", which made its first appearance on the 8th of November {1941}, was welcomed by the Regiment as their first armoured car in which they could do the job for which they were training. Actually, however, the "Beaverette" was capable of very little. It was a peculiar looking vehicle, standing about 5 ft. and consisting of a few pieces of rather meagre armour-plate clapped around the sides of what must have been the English equivalent of a Baby Austin.

At any rate, the Regiment wasted no time in putting these to use in their training programs and exercises".

No further mention is made in the Regimental history about the employment of this vehicle.
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Old 23-11-04, 02:05
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Jeff Plowman in his book "New Zealand Armour in the Pacific" discusses NZ use of Beaverettes for training in NZ. The pictures he shows of the vehicles show a vehicle that seems to be built on Ford truck platforms. Is the Beaverette an actual production vehicle, or the class name for a locally improvised armoured car? Jeff seems to suggest that Beaverettes were produced in NZ:
"At first, training opportunities were limited by the availability of equipment, especially armour, which did not start to arrive until the first few months in Jan 1942 and then only trickled in. This was because of difficulties encountered in the production of Beaverettes and LP2 Carriers."
The following picture is captioned as "1st prototype Beaverette" and has what to appear to be 1942 Ford truck guards (wings? Fenders?).
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Old 23-11-04, 02:12
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2nd picture doesn't say wether this Beaverette is a prototype or production model, but is has what appear to be 1940 Ford truck guards.
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Old 23-11-04, 03:14
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2nd picture doesn't say wether this Beaverette is a prototype or production model, but is has what appear to be 1940 Ford truck guards.
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'39-'40 Fords had the headlights in the fenders..

http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/f/40...ltruck_CCT.jpg


'38 Ford more likely.....
http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/fa/3...ltruck_CCT.jpg
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Old 23-11-04, 03:22
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'39-'40 Fords had the headlights in the fenders..

http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/f/40...ltruck_CCT.jpg


'38 Ford more likely.....
http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/fa/3...ltruck_CCT.jpg
Correction....
'39 Ford lights were NOT in the fenders...

http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/f/39for_CV.jpg
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Correction....
'39 Ford lights were NOT in the fenders...

http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/f/39for_CV.jpg
It appears that the lights in fenders must have come in mid 1940 as there are 1940 models with the post mounted lights...take your pick..
http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/f/40FOR1.JPG

Both shown here are 1940..

http://www.autogallery.org.ru/k/fa/4...recker_DOW.jpg
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Old 23-11-04, 11:38
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All Ford Trucks (1 1/2, 2 or 3 ton) had the headlights on posts until the introduction of the 1942 truck. Passenger vehicles had them in the guards from 1939 and 1/2 tons and 3/4 ton commercials introduced them progressively.
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