13 Aug 2019

12mm CMP Trucks from Butlers Printed Models

One WW2 Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck. Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) trucks were a class and a coherent range of military trucks, made in large numbers, and in numerous variants, by Canada during World War II, complaint to British Army specifications, primarily intended for use in the armies of the British Commonwealth allies, but also serving in other units of the British Empire.

Until the currency restrictions of the late 1940s, the Canadian automotive industry's output provided a major part of British Empire countries vehicles. These territories levied reduced, Imperial preference, duties on Canadian products, usually made by Canadian subsidiaries of the big U.S. auto manufacturers. In the late 1930s, Canada started drawing up standard designs, to prepare for the beginning of the war, which involved a unique and historic design and production collaboration between rival giant car-makers Ford and GM of Canada.

Canadian Military Pattern trucks not only motorised the militaries of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but were also sent to the Soviet Union following the Nazi invasion, as part of Canada's Gift and Mutual Aid program to the Allies.

During the War, CMP trucks saw service around the world in the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Sicily, the Italian Campaign, the Soviet Front, the Burma Campaign, the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), the liberation of Northwest Europe, and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. CMP trucks also served in post-war conflicts in Indonesia, French Indochina, and the Portuguese colonies in Africa.

The United Kingdom's official History of the Second World War called Canada's war-time production of soft-skinned trucks, including the CMP class, the country's most important contribution to Allied victory. Canada's trucks are considered to have "..put the British Army on wheels" in the North African Campaign, the British Eighth Army fought Rommel using almost exclusively CMP trucks; and the Allied progress from Sicily, through Italy and France, depended heavily on the Canadian trucks. By wars end, Canada's vast supply of trucks provided a vehicle for every three soldiers in the field compared to one vehicle per seven American GIs, making it the most mobile army in the world.

7 different variants are available:

15 cwt truck, open backed
15 cwt truck, covered back
30 cwt truck, open backed
30 cwt truck, covered back
3 ton (or 60 cwt) truck, open backed
3 ton (or 60 cwt) truck, covered back
Artillery tractor

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Pictures shown are for 15mm models
All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

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