Universal Carrier Mk.I*

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A Mk.I* in Italy A Mk.I* carrier in service in Italy with the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment. Note the excessive load! Ten men with weapons and equipment... the compression of the rear suspension is indicative of the stress on the entire drivetrain with a load like this, and ultimately, a raison-d'etre for the T-16 and Windsor variants.

Jim Rice's Mk.I* Jim Rice sent in this pic of his restored Mk.I* carrier (CT163013) at a recent show in western Canada. Apparently, between Manitoba and Alberta, there's quite a carrier cult happening out there... look for more photos soon!

Bruce's I* Bruce Parker's restored Canadian Ford Universal Carrier, MkI*. Dug out of a farmer's field where it had sat bellied-in for 15 years, this vehicle was painstakingly restored and re-equipped literally, 'from the ground up'. Note the Bren gun on its AA mount, and the PIAT AT spigot launcher in the vehicle commander's position. This vehicle is also equipped with a Canadian No.19 wireless set. The standard smoke discharger bracket can be seen near the top of the hull plate on the left of the picture.

Drive Past A good detail shot from the right side. Bren, PIAT and both A- and B-set masts are plainly visible. Current markings are of the Irish Regiment of Canada, which served with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division in Italy and Holland. Their regimental association and its members are tremendously supportive of Bruce's efforts to restore and display period equipment - it makes it all worthwhile.

More details on this relationship, with a surprising twist, coming shortly!

On Parade The same, on parade with vets of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 5th Canadian Armoured Division, which fought a largely ignored and miserable war in Italy, and finished up in Holland in 1945. Note the 'escort' in battledress. This pic also shows the detail for the stowage bins on the back deck of the MkI*.

3-inch Mortar Carrier External stowage detail for a 3-inch mortar carrier.  This particular unit was seen at the Beltring show in the U.K. For some excellent photgraphs of this carrier, please see Chris Shillito's ARMOUR IN FOCUS site. (photo courtesy of Chris Shillito)

Paul's I* Carrier Just acquired by Paul Schoeman (a transplanted Canadian in southern California), this  MkI* sports a variation of 'Mickey Mouse' camouflage. This vehicle is basically complete, but lacks some accoutrements; Paul is presently seeing to some overdue service and putting the finishing touches on her - she's definitely a 'runner' rather than a 'showpiece'... the way they should be!

Note the "US" star painted on this carrier. This was the standard air-ground vehicle identification mark agreed to by all Allied participants from D-Day onwards. Canadians in the field often showed their disdain for such 'Americanization' by painting the stars on crooked or even upside down.

Offloading The Moment of Truth, as Paul's new acquisition rolls off the truck for the first time!

1st Drive Toodling around the yard where the carrier currently resides. Paul found there was some maintenance required after several months' storage; look for a comprehensive collection of observations and insights from this first-time carrier owner, coming soon!

Victory! The Double Vee says it all!  Yet another carrier-aholic in the ranks...

Unknown Mk.I* Mk.I* CT113394, present ownership unknown. The WD number painted on the side is found stamped into the top surface of the armour plate immediately in front of the driver. Canadian carrier crews often left off the "C" (as pictured above, with Bruce's carrier); The "T" by itself was the British convention. 

This picture was taken at the static display portion of an airshow at CFB Trenton, Ontario, some years ago. Where is it now?

As Above A rear view of the same carrier. Although the Mk.I* series were not originally equipped with any kind of towing facilities, they were sometimes retrofitted later in the war with the towing fittings from the Mk.II*, as seen here. Unfortunately, though, the Mk.I and Mk.II carriers were found wanting regarding towing heavier loads; by Normandy, for instance, the U.S. T-16 with its extra road wheel on each side, was the standard 6pdr AT gun mover, and even that was supplanted later with  the Canadian Windsor carrier, lengthened for greater stability.

Mk.I* Vickers MG Carrier A wartime 'publicity' shot of an adapted MkI* in the service of a Canadian Motor Machine Gun Battalion. Note that all lighting and POL racks have been removed and the crew's personal large packs and duffles tied in in their place. Most likely, British or American jerricans have been secured to the back deck. 

Note also the tow chain, spare tracking and stowage boxes which have been secured to the front of this carrier. the smoke discharger is visible below and to the left of the gun. 

Interesting, too, the choice of helmets by the individual crew members: the corporal in front, and the man behind the Vickers gun both wear the 'carrier' helmet, which is an adaptation of the same helmet used by British and Canadian airborne troops and dispatch riders. The others obviously prefer the more traditional 'pudding bowl' style. Both are equally uncomfortable.

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