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Great Britain brought out a multiplicity of partially quite self-willed motor vehicle manufacturer. For this reason, the British army had to be equipped with motor vehicles of many different companies. Less known is the fact, that about 26,000 vehicles of the 85,000 motor vehicles - which were available to the British War Office at the beginning of WW 2 in the year 1939 – were drawn in formerly civilian vehicles. The largest part of these vehicles was shipped to the European continent with the British expeditionary force in the years 1939/40. Around 5,000 vehicles could be evacuated to the British island. The largest part of the vehicles left behind was captured by the Wehrmacht in more or less good condition. The largest number was for sure captured in the area of Dunkirk. Also after the Balkans campaign, the British army had to leave behind several thousand vehicles. From time to time, the German Afrika Korps covered the largest part of the demand for motor vehicles with captured British and Canadien vehicles. Some British vehicle were captured on the east front because Great Britain delivered some thousand motor vehicles to the Soviet Union. Later, only small numbers of British lorries and passenger cars were added to the stock of the German Wehrmacht. The length of use of most British vehicles depended on the availability of spare parts. Nevertheless, some of them have held for quite a long time. All in all, British vehicles played a rather subordinated role in the booty vehicle stocks of the German Wehrmacht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

British manufacturers

 

 

 

AEC

Albion

Austin

 

 

Bedford

Commer

Crossley

 

 

ERF

Foden

Ford

 

 

Guy

Hillman

Humber

 

 

Karrier

Leyland

Morris

 

 

Scammell

Standard

Thornycroft

 

 

Triumph

Vauxhall

Vickers-Armstrongs

 

 

 

 

 

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