Queen Lizzie

’In 1935, the War Office engaged Bedford to develop a 15cwt truck’

On June 6, 1944, 8,900 vehicles and 1,900 tons of stores landed on Normandy’s beaches. Six days later, 326,000 men, 54,000 vehicles, 2,104 tanks and 104,000 tons of stores had disembarked either directly onto the beaches or via Mulberry artificial harbours. The astonishing logistical feat of supplying the troops that made Operation Overlord possible was rendered much easier by one particular class of lorry; the 4x4 three-ton truck. Even by the water’s edge, the ‘three-tonners’ were doing sterling service.

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