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Morris-Commercial Quad, limber, and 25-pdr field gun crossing a pontoon bridge at Slaght Bridge in Antrim, Northern Ireland, 26 June 1942.
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The Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Field Artillery Tractor) commonly known as a Quad was an artillery tractor of the British and Commonwealth forces during World War II.[1] It was used to tow larger artillery pieces such as the 25 pounder gun-howitzer and the 17 pounder anti-tank gun.

HistoryEdit

The original artillery tractor design was by Guy Motors based on a Morris C8 4 x 4 chassis in 1937. As demand was greater than the available production capacity at Guy, Morris took on production followed by other manufacturers later.

The Quad had a 4 ton winch to pull it or the gun.

Production of 10,000 plus vehicles was mostly by Morris Commercial Cars Ltd, Karrier and General Motors Canada.

Combat historyEdit

The Quad was used by the British and Commonwealth forces during the Second World War and Korean War. Just after the Second World War a number were supplied to the Danish Army.

Model VariantsEdit

  • Mk I - Enclosed body (metal roof)
  • Mk II - Open top, with a roll-up canvas roof.
  • Mk III - C8 GS, Truck based on C8 FAT chassis.

PreservationEdit

Several examples exist in the UK and appear at Military vehicle shows, renactment meets, vintage & classic vehicle shows, transport shows and heritage events like steam fairs & rallies.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Based on the wikipedia article, with preservation section added to list examples in preservation in the UK & elseware.

  1. Morris C8 FAT and C8 GS history at Army Vehicles.dk web site

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