Specific: Delivered by the
British forces in Germany just after WW II.
Shown vehicles used by the Signals for telephone
Historical: Ford WOT2 was one of the
standardised 4x2 15-cwt trucks, the first type of truck
to go in mass production when full mechanisation of the
British Army was undertaken in the 1930s. Other makes
included the Morris-Commercial CS8 / C4, Commer, Bedford MW and Guy Ant.
At the outbreak of WW II the Ministry of Supply
commissioned a series of "War Office Trucks",
designated WOT1 to WOT6 and covering the weight classes
15cwt, 30cwt and 3 ton.
The WOT2 family of trucks progressed from 'infantry
trucks' with open cabs (with folding windscreens and
canvas doors) and tiltless bodies to 'GS trucks' with
(semi-)enclosed cabs and GS bodies with full-length
canvas tilts (known as GS Vans). Other special bodywork
for the WOT2 included house-type and fire service vans.
Some were converted to light AA trucks with 20 mm Polsten
or Hispano canon.
The WOT2 series ranged from WOT2A to WOT2H. The WOT2A and
C were infantry trucks with open cabs and GS bodies,
WOT2B and D were the same but had a GS Van body. With the
introduction of weather protection on all 15 cwts in
1943, the WOT2E, F and H got semi-enclosed cabs with full
width windscreen and metal half-doors. No G-model was
Produced from 1939 until 1945 by Ford Motor Company Ltd.
Almost 60.000 build.
The WOT2 remained in service in the British Army into the
fifties, but was eventually superseded by the 1-ton
post-war trucks such as the Morris-Commercial MRA1 and
Length: 4.50 m (177 inches).
Width: 2.00 m (79 inches).
Height: 2.28 m (90 inches).
Weight: 3.327 kg (7.395 lb.).
Engine: Own V8-cylinder, 3.621 cm3 (220 cubic inches)
Horsepower: 60 at 2.840 rpm.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt (early models 6 volt).
Tyres: 9.00 - 16.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 104 liter (23 gallons).
Additional: The vehicle was identified
both as "Ford" and "Fordson", the
latter being the name generally used for the Company's
Ford WOT2 Radio truck (73 kb)