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Leyland Retriever WLW, 6 x 4 (Front view, right side)

  Front view, right side

Picture courtesy of Danish Army Material Command

Danish Army Specific: Bought from the British forces in Germany after WW II. Besides the shown gantry truck a GS-version (78 kb) was acquired.
: The Leyland Retriever was seen by many as an updated version of the Terrier. Three different versions were produced (WLW1, WLW2 and 2A, WLW3) differing only in detail. Some 6.500 produced between 1938 and 1941.
A armoured version was produced to protect the British airfields, mounting a 20 mm machine gun a light machine guns. The vehicle was known as the "Beaver Eel", and some 250 were produced.
Other British producers of 3-ton 6 x 4 chassis were AEC, Albion, Austin, Crossley, Ford Guy, Karrier, Leyland and Thornycroft. All were supplied with several body types, including GS cargo, bridging, workshop, machinery body, searchlight mount, gun mount, derrick, crane, etc.
Length: 6.85 m (269 inches).
Width: 2.27 m (89 inches).
Height: 3.45 m (136 inches).
Weight: N/A.
: Leyland, 4-cylinder, 5.895 cm3 (360 cubic inches) displacement, carburettor, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 73 at 2.120 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed.
Transfer case: 2-speed auxiliary box.
Electrical system: N/A.
Brakes: Hydraulic with servo-assistance.
Tyres: 9.00 - 20.
Fording depth:
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 141 liter (31 gallons).
Range: 312 km (195 miles).
Crew: N/A.
Additional: Depending of the particular role some vehicles were equipped with a 5 ton winch or an electrical generator driven by a PTO. Superstructure supports longitudinal runway with hand operated travelling block. Height of lift can be increased by dropping front end of runway to floor.
The centre part of the body side hinged to fold to horizontal position for extra floor space, or to double-fold position for working on from ground level.
Field Marshall Montgomery used a Leyland Retriever chassis with a caravan body as his personal working and living quarters following the D-day landings.

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