GUERNSEY MILITARY
VEHICLE GROUP

Dedicated to restoring and preserving military vehicles

Introduction

The Guernsey Military Vehicle Group has over thirty-five members with a listing of over seventy roadworthy military vehicles. Our members' vehicles date from the mid-1930s to the modern day, and range from armoured and tracked vehicles to motorcycles and bicycles.

Below is some information about the general categories military vehicles fall into, with links to detailed pages about our members' vehicles.

Armoured and Tracked

The group has a number of armoured and tracked vehicles, including: a Studebaker M-29C Weasel, a U.S. White M3A1 Scout-car (used for reconnaissance) and a couple of British Daimler Dingo armoured-cars.

Light Vehicles

This category comprises of a number of saloon and utility vehicles used as staff cars.

Medium Vehicles

The smaller cargo/troop carriers owned by the group's members include several Dodges, a couple of Morris Commercials, and a Bedford MW.

Heavy Vehicles

This category is reserved for the GMC CCKW trucks in the group. These 5½ ton 6 wheel drive trucks were one of the most common American vehicles used during World War 2.

Originally the CCKW was constructed with a hard cab, however (to conserve steel) the design of later vehicles was altered to an open cab with soft canvas covers.

There were two different models of the CCKW. The 352 with a wheelbase of 145 inches and a 9 foot body, and the 353 with a wheelbase of 164 inches and a 12 foot body.

The designation CCKW comes from the model nomenclature used by GMC. The first C indicated a vehicle designed in 1941, the second C signified a conventional cab, the K indicated all-wheel drive and the W indicated tandem rear axles.

Nicknamed the "Deuce and a Half" (a reference to its weight) the GMC CCKW was the workforce of the US Army and was supplied to Britain and Russia in large numbers.

Jeeps

One of the most popular vehicles in the group. The US Willys/Ford Jeep was built by the thousands and served in all theatres of war, in a variety of roles. The nickname 'Jeep' originated from the initials G.P. that referred to the vehicle's General Purpose role.

Land Rovers

Used in great numbers from the early post war years, the Land Rover was the British Army's replacement for the US Jeep (which the British Army had used in great numbers during the war). The group has a number of Land Rovers of various types.

Motorcycles and Bicycles

The group has a large number of motorcycles. These include British motorcycles (such as the BSA WD M20, Matchless G3/L and Ariel W/NG) and several German and Russian motorcycle combinations. The group also has quite a few bicycles.