Specific: Another example of a
vehicles bought from the British Forces in Germany just
after WW II. At least 14 were acquired and of those 7 were used by the
Danish Brigade in Germany shortly after WW II.
Of these 4 were disposed of in the mid 1950´s and
probably superseded by VW Transporter ambulances. The
faith of the remainder is unknown.
Historical: The Austin K2/Y was introduced in
1939, and remained in production until 1945. The chassis was derived
from the Austin Motor Company's K30, a 30 cwt open-cabbed military
The K2/Y was the most common British Heavy Ambulance in
WW II, known as the "Katie", used by all
The body was of simple construction, a wood
frame covered with painted leather-cloth, insulated and
accommodating four stretchers or eight sitting patients. It was known as the No. 2 Mk I/L, developed by the
Royal Army Medical Corps and produced by Norwich-based coach-builders Mann Egerton. It
accommodated an attendant and four stretchers or ten
sitting casualties. Fresh-air vents were mounted in the sides, roof an
doors. A Clayton Dewandre hot water heater was installed for the comfort
of patients. The truck/body combination was
occasionally used as van for other roles, and fitted to other vehicles
like the Bedford ML and Morris-Commercial CS and CD respectively.
More than 13.000 produced at Austin's Longbridge works
where production was almost continuous from 1940 until
the war ended.
Length: 5.49 m (216 inches).
Width: 2.21 m (87 inches).
Height: 2.79 m (110 inches).
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 3.462 cm3 (211 cubic inches)
Horsepower: 60 at 3.000 rpm.
Electrical system: N/A.
Tyres: 10.50 - 16.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: N/A.
Additional: Top speed was 88 km/h (55 mph).