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HG4807 UK Bedford QLD RAF, WWII

When WWII broke out the British War Office contracted Bedford to produce a 3 ton 4X4 general service truck. In February 1940 the prototype of the QL series was ready with full production beginning in March 1940 at their Vauxhall factory in Luton. As the war progressed there was a need for various types of 3 ton trucks. Bedford devised trucks for troop carrying, fire tenders, communications, tankers, Bofors gun tractor and several others applications. Between 1940 and 1945 there were approximately 52,250 QL trucks produced.

The Bedford QLD was the general service variant in the QL series of vehicles. The QLD was the most common British-made 4X4 and was produced until 1945. The QLD was a vital method of carrying fuel, artillery, ammunition, supplies and food to troops on the move. Besides being a general service vehicle the QLD was produced as a mobile canteen, mobile kitchen, observation tower, dump truck. These trucks or lorries were used extensively by the British forces in Europe and performed very well in the North African desert.

Specifications Bedford QLD
Type – 3 ton GS (general service) cargo lorry (truck)
Origin –United Kingdom
Operators – RAF and British Army WWII
Crew – 1 + 11 passengers
Length – 5.99 m (19 ft 8 in) Width – 2.26 m (7 ft 5in) Height – 2.54 m (10 ft)
Engine – Bedford 6-cylinder, liquid cooled, displacement of 3,519 cc (214.7 cu in) producing 72 hp (54kW) Transmission - 4-speed gearbox Fuel - 127 liter (28 gallons) / petrol (gasoline) Range – 250 km (156 miles)
Empty – 3,277 kg (7,225 lb) Maximum load – 6,985 kg (15,400 lb)
QL variants
QLB – 40 mm Bofors Tractor QLD – General Service, Mobile Canteen, Mobile Kitchen, Observation Tower, Dump Truck QLC – Fuel Truck, Mobile Switchboard, Studio QLR – Radio Vehicle QLT – TCV / Troop Carrying Vehicle QLW – Winch Dump Truck