CMP Truck 15-cwt Wireless

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Trucks, 15-cwt, Wireless
CMP Truck 15 cwt Wireless front left.jpg
Production history
Manufacturer General Motors
Length 176"
Width 85"
Height 114"
Wheelbase 101"
The Truck 15 cwt Wireless, dubbed the "Gin Palace"[1], was a Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) vehicle manufactured by General Motors. Used for wireless communication working forward and back by Armoured Regiments, Armoured Reconnaissance Regiments, Brigade Headquarters and other formations wherever a No. 19 set and amplifier was required. Equipment included a No. 19 set with amplifier, sigs batteries and a Chore Horse for charging them.

The vehicle featured two main body types. The 2G1 body was of steel construction with a wood and canvas roof with four static ventilators. There was a rear door with two windows on each side. A generator compartment was located in the rear right corner with ventilation doors on the rear and right hand sides. Four horizontal aerial rods were fitted to the roof and access was via a steel ladder mounted on the left rear of the body. Inside was space for two persons, an operator desk at the front of the body and a writing desk on the left side. Storage batteries were located to either side of the operators table.[2] The 2K1 body was similar but was constructed of aluminum sheets on a steel frame. It had provision for a spare tire mounted in the left forward side of the body. A communication hatch was installed between the cab and the body. The roof featured aerial support mounts and three ventilators, two static and one powered. A supplied penthouse could be mounted on either the left of right side of the body.[3]

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  1. The name predates the 15-cwt Wireless vehicle. The Royal Signals "Wire" magazine from July 1927 has the following plea: Name Wanted.- The Artillery have their "dragons." The Signals have their "Morris six-wheelers": an unwieldy name, chaps. These travelling wireless stations have been dubbed "gin palaces," "caravans," "squeelers," and "radibuses," but none of them seems to hit the mark. Give these cars a brief snappy name, and get it officially adopted. First prize: one ball of silver paper from small "Players." Second prize: ditto, but slightly smaller. Third prize: ditto again, but still smaller. Millions of other prizes. No entrance fee. Simply write your effort on a blank postcard and burn it not later than August 30th.
  2. Drive to Victory, Catalogue of Canadian Military Vehicles, Service Publications, 2016.
  3. Trux CMP Handbook