Specific: Bought from the
British forces in Germany after WW II. Besides
the shown gantry truck a GS-version (78 kb) was acquired.
Historical: The Leyland Retriever was seen by many as an
updated version of the Terrier. Three different versions were produced
(WLW1, WLW2 and 2A, WLW3) differing only in detail. Some 6.500 produced
A armoured version was produced to protect the British airfields,
mounting a 20 mm machine gun a light machine guns. The vehicle was known
as the "Beaver Eel", and some 250 were produced.
Other British producers of 3-ton 6 x 4
chassis were AEC, Albion, Austin, Crossley, Ford Guy,
Karrier, Leyland and Thornycroft. All were supplied with
several body types, including GS cargo, bridging,
workshop, machinery body, searchlight mount, gun mount,
derrick, crane, etc.
Length: 6.85 m (269 inches).
Width: 2.27 m (89 inches).
Height: 3.45 m (136 inches).
Engine: Leyland, 4-cylinder, 5.895 cm3 (360 cubic
inches) displacement, carburettor, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 73 at 2.120 rpm.
Transfer case: 2-speed auxiliary box.
Electrical system: N/A.
Brakes: Hydraulic with servo-assistance.
Tyres: 9.00 - 20.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 141 liter (31 gallons).
Range: 312 km (195 miles).
Additional: Depending of the particular role some
vehicles were equipped with a 5 ton winch or an electrical generator
driven by a PTO.
Superstructure supports longitudinal runway with hand
operated travelling block. Height of lift can be
increased by dropping front end of runway to floor.
The centre part of the body side hinged to fold to
horizontal position for extra floor space, or to
double-fold position for working on from ground level.
Field Marshall Montgomery used a Leyland Retriever chassis with a
caravan body as his personal working and living quarters following the