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The Oxford Carrier



Large pic of Oxford Carrier in service

Military structure

Thanks to Major Paul Handel, RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum for the above pic and information relating to the Oxford Carrier. The story below appeared in November 1993 in the RAAC Tank Museum newslatter No. 13.
"The end of the Second World War saw the British Army using a multitude of types of tracked machine gun carriers for all manner of battlefield tasks, including the carriage of medium machine guns, mortars, anti-tank gun towing, observation post and reconnaissance duties. It was decided to produce a single vehicle to cope with these duties and in 1946 the CT 20 Carrier entered production.
This was a heavier vehicle than the earlier carriers, weighing some 6 tonnes, and was powered by a Cadillac 5 litre V8 engine of 110 HP coupled to a 4 speed Hydramatic transmission. The suspension and tracks were similar to earlier carriers but of heavier construction, using four road wheels with full steel centres with holes rather than the older spoked design, and a front sprocket drive. These vehicles saw active service in Korea with a British Army and were phased out of service in the early 1960s.
The Australian Army acquired one vehicle of this type in 1949, although under what circumstances it is not clear. It may have been for extended evaluation trials with a view to replacing the Australian LP 2 series of carriers still in service. The vehicle was numbered 153953 and it is interesting to note that the preceding registration number was allocated to a Series 1 Landrover, the first to see service with the Australian Army. (This Landrover saw extended experimental service with the Army, and featured in comparative trials with the Truck, Special Survey, developed for use at Woomera)."