Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Tanks and AFVs (7) New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, NBMHM, Soft Skinned Vehicles (SSV)

Soft Skinned Vehicles (SSV),

New Brunswick Military History Museum,

5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown

Data current to 26 Jan 2021.

The data found on this page has been compiled by the author.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any additions, correctons or amendments to this list of Soft Skinned Vehicles at 5 CDSG Gagetown would be most welcome. 

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M125 2-1/2 ton cargo truck with winch, CFR No. 56-54139, 7, one of two with the NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.  This is the second vehicle on the right on the right as you enter the base.

M125 2.5-ton cargo truck, Licence Plate 54688, NBMHM vehicle park, 5 CSDB Gagetown.

M135 2-1/2 ton Cargo Truck

The M135 is a 2-1/2 ton six-wheel cargo truck made by General Motors Corporation (GMC).  It is often referred to as a "Deuce-and-a-half".   This vehicle has a number of variations, the most common being the cargo version.  It could carry a dozen troops or a variety of equipment and supplies. The truck was powered by a GMC 270 gas engine. All Canadian models of the truck had a 5 speed hydromatic transmission with two high gears, two low gears and a reverse gear.  The M135 was one of the first automatic transmissions available at the time. A few models were equipped with a PTO (power take off) which powered a winch located on the front bumper.  The NBMHM has two in its collection.

M543 Wrecker, Recovery Truck, 5-ton 6X6, CFR No. 55-60293, 16.

M821 Bridge Transporting Stake Truck, 5-ton 6X6, Model R-6602, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

The M809 Series 5-ton 6x6 truck (G908) was a family of heavy tactical trucks built for the United States Armed Forces. The basic cargo version was designed to transport a 5-ton (4,500 kg), 14 ft (4.3 m) long load over all terrain in all weather. In on-road service the load weight was doubled. Built by AM General, they evolved into the M939 Series.
The M821 Bridge Transporting Stake Truck had a 20 ft (6.1 m) long body for carrying bridging equipment and components. They had a roller on the rear to help unloading and small winches on the side to secure cargo.  The stake sides could be removed to carry oversize loads.  The largest tires in the series, 14.00x20, were used with dual rear tires.

M925 Stake Truck, 5-ton 6X6, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

M211 CDN Dump Truck, 5-ton 6X6, CFR No. 62-07093, NBMHM, 5 CDSB Gagetown.

M37 3.4-ton Truck, NBMHM.

106-mm M40A1 Recoilless Rifle mounted on an M38A1 CDN3 Jeep, NBMHM.

 (Author Photo)

106-mm M40A1 Recoilless Rifle mounted on an M38A1 CDN3 Jeep, CFB Petawawa, Ontario, Aug 1974.

M-151 Truck, Utility, 1.25-ton, 4 X 4 Jeep (G838), NBMHM.

Chevrolet 5/4-ton Truck, Licence No. 98084, 89C, NBMHM.

Iltis ¼- ton Truck, NBMHM.

 (NBMHM Photo)

Willys Jeep modified with the hood of a civilian car, in service with the Canadian Army in Europe during the Second World War. British census number M44232600.  This number was not used in Canada except on a few newly produced Otters, although a few other newly made vehicles during the war may have had it painted on them.  Universal Carriers have such a WD census number stamped into the top edge of the armour plate in front of the driver but had the DND number painted on while they were serving in Canada.  The DND census numbers were used in Canada.  The white star, British Jerrycan and modifications also suggest that the photo was taken in UK or Europe.  (Colin MacGregor Stevens)

Willys Jeep, CM4231625, private collector, Oromocto.

Willys Jeep, private collector, Oromocto.

Present Day SSV at 5 CDSB Gagetown

Navistar 7400 SFA 6x6 MILCOTS truck.

Light Support Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW) & Medium Logistic Vehicle Wheeled (MLVW).

Light Support Vehicle Wheeled (LSVW).

Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW) Cargo.

Heavy Engineer Support Vehicle (HESV) Western Star 6X6 Truck.

RG-31 Nyala, NBMHM.  (Author Photo, 24 May 2020)

RG-31 Nyala

The RG-31 Nyala is a 4×4 multi-purpose mine-resistant ambush protected infantry mobility vehicle manufactured in South Africa by Land Systems OMC.  The Canadian Forces purchased 75 RG-31 Mk3 equipped with the Protector Remote Weapon Station (RWS).