Vehicles

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Starting around the time of the Great War, the mechanization of the Army took hold and motorized vehicles began to take over from the horse and wagon. During the Great War use was made of Lorries and motorcycles but the nature of trench warfare limited their usefulness on the front line. During the inter-war period, the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals began adopting and experimenting with vehicles usually based on civilian models available on the open market. During the Second World War, an entire industry was generated to fabricate the large numbers of Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) vehicles used by Canada and it's Allies. Since then, vehicles have continued to evolve with successive generations fulfilling largely the same roles as in the beginning.

This page captures vehicles in use by the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and related entities and there is no attempt to capture other vehicles in use within the Canadian military by non-Signallers.

There are many vehicles missing from the growing list. If you have information on them or any period photos, please consider contributing what you know!

Inter-War Period

Early car RCSigs No 1.jpg Car 2-seater Chevrolet Type         Car 2-seater Wireless Ford Type 1935 1.jpg Car Wireless 2-seater Ford Type
Ford Panel Delivery with wireless set No 1 1935.jpg Car Wireless Van Ford Panel Type   Car Wireless Control Ford Type 1934 2.jpg Car Wireless Van Ford Sedan Type
Car Wireless Control Ford Station Wagon Type 1936.jpg Car Wireless Control Ford Station Wagon Type   Lorry WD Body Ford Type 1936 (1).jpg Lorry WD Body Ford Type
Lorry light Wireless Morris Type c1935.jpg Lorry Wireless Morris Type   Signals line lorry circa 1935.jpg Lorry Light Stake Chevrolet Type
Signals line truck circa 1937.jpg Vehicle line 1928-29 Ford Model AA   Lorry light Wireless Ford Type 1936.jpg Lorry light Wireless Ford Type
1936 BSA J12 catalogue photo.jpg Motorcycle, BSA J12

Second World War Period

Armoured Command Vehicle High Power front left.jpg Armoured Command Vehicle High Power   Bedford QLR left front.jpg Bedford QL
Bedford QLT TEV left rear.jpg Bedford QLT Terminal Equipment Vehicle (Corps)   Vehicle cmp 3ton cipheroffice leftside.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Cipher Office
CMP 3 Ton Command HP right front.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Command High Power   CMP 3 Ton Command LP right front.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Command Low Power
Vehicle cmp 3ton line constr leftside.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Signal Construction   CMP Lorry 3 Ton Wireless (C33) front left.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Wireless (C33)
CMP 3 Ton Wireless left front.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Wireless "R" or "I"   CMP 3 Ton TEV (Div) left side.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton Terminal Equipment Vehicle (Div)
Vehicle CMP 3ton Switchboard front left.jpg CMP Lorry 3 Ton 6 Wheeled Switchboard   Body Parts List - Body 1A2 for Truck 8-cwt Wireless - Factory Photo 10.jpg CMP Truck 8-cwt Wireless
CMP Truck 15 cwt Fitted for Wireless front left.jpg CMP Truck 15-cwt Fitted for Wireless   CMP Truck 15 cwt LW(V) front left.jpg CMP Truck 15 cwt LW(V)
CMP Truck Heavy Utility Wireless front left.jpg CMP Truck Heavy Utility Wireless   Lorry APF front right.jpg Lorry 4-ton APF
Lorry ZPI front left.jpg Lorry 4-ton ZPI   Norton 16H front left c1943.jpg Motorcycle Solo Light Norton 16H
Motorcycle Solo Heavy Harley Davidson front left.jpg Motorcycle Solo Heavy Harley Davidson   CMP Trailer APF front left.jpg Trailer APF
CMP Trailer Generator Wireless 2 kW front right.jpg Trailer Generator Wireless 2 kW   CMP Trailer ZPI rear right.jpg Trailer ZPI

Post Second World War

Cable laying crew and Dodge APT.jpg Vehicle line Dodge APT   Vehicle m37cdn signals line leftside.jpg M37CDN 3/4 Ton Line Vehicle
Vehicle iltis line.jpg Iltis   Motorcycle dr displayteam.jpg Triumph motorcycle

Vehicle Related Pages

Vehicle Reports

CSTC Vehicle Report 1937
CSTC Vehicle Report 1939

Vehicle markings

Military vehicles are marked to indicate units, bridge classification etc etc.

Tactical Vehicle markings - a Divisional Signals - August 1941
Vehicle Marking Instructions - First Cdn Army Signals - Oct 1942
Painting and Marking of Vehicles - 1 Division Signals Instruction - March 1944