Two Canadian Military Pattern enthusiasts rescued a rare British Army C15 4x2, writes Neil Huband

The finished British Army C15 4x2

One of the most chilling sets of statistics about the state of the British Army post-Dunkirk is reflected in the staggering losses of armour, artillery, ammunition and transport.

While some equipment was hastily loaded onto ships and saved at Le Havre and Cherbourg, some 64,000 vehicles including 45,000 lorries and cars were left behind. This represented up to 90% of the army’s original inventory of particular types of transport.

Despite 338,000 troops being rescued from Dunkirk, and many thousands more from Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest and other ports under Operations Circle and Ariel, back in Blighty, the army was essentially unable to function without adequate transport.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers