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Morris-Commercial Quad, limber, and 25-pdr field gun crossing a pontoon bridge at Slaght Bridge in Antrim, Northern Ireland, 26 June 1942.
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The Morris Commercial C8 FAT (Field Artillery Tractor) commonly known as a Quad was an artillery tractor of the British and Commonwealth forces during World War II.[1] It was used to tow larger artillery pieces such as the 25 pounder gun-howitzer and the 17 pounder anti-tank gun.

History[edit | edit source]

The original artillery tractor design was by Guy Motors based on a Morris C8 4 x 4 chassis in 1937. As demand was greater than the available production capacity at Guy, Morris took on production followed by other manufacturers later.

The Quad had a 4 ton winch to pull it or the gun.

Production of 10,000 plus vehicles was mostly by Morris Commercial Cars Ltd, Karrier and General Motors Canada.

Combat history[edit | edit source]

The Quad was used by the British and Commonwealth forces during the Second World War and Korean War. Just after the Second World War a number were supplied to the Danish Army.

Model Variants[edit | edit source]

  • Mk I - Enclosed body (metal roof)
  • Mk II - Open top, with a roll-up canvas roof.
  • Mk III - C8 GS, Truck based on C8 FAT chassis.

Preservation[edit | edit source]

Several examples exist in the UK and appear at Military vehicle shows, renactment meets, vintage & classic vehicle shows, transport shows and heritage events like steam fairs & rallies.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Based on the wikipedia article, with preservation section added to list examples in preservation in the UK & elseware.

  1. Morris C8 FAT and C8 GS history at Army Vehicles.dk web site

External links[edit | edit source]

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