Vehicle name Photo Stats
Bedford MW Bedford MW
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 4.4m
  • Width: 2.0m
  • Height: 2.3m
  • Weight: 2.2t
  • Engine: 72hp
  • Operational range: 430km

The Bedford MW was a light military vehicle designed for the British Army. Between 1939 and 1945, there were nearly 66,000 vehicles of this type delivered to the army.

Production historyEdit

Bedford Trucks was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors. The American automobile company General Motors was again the owner of Vauxhaul. In the 20s General Motors exported trucks to England, but decided to assemble the trucks in 1929.  This happened in the English town of Luton, which is part of the county of Bedfordshire. During the thirties Bedford Trucks began with the development of their own trucks.

In 1935, Bedford began the development of a light military vehicle for the British Army. The vehicle was extensively tested before the war, but there were hardly any orders placed. Upon the outbreak of war In 1939, the first copies of the Bedford MW were put in service. In the period 1939 - 1945 there were 65,995 vehicles produced. The Bedford MW came in many versions, such as an ordinary truck, with the type designation MWD, as well as for weapon transport, tanker for water and fuel, radio car, transport of flak, etc.

Later on Bedford produced heavier trucks as the Bedford OX,  the Bedford OY and the Bedford QLD. The Bedford QLD, with a payload of 3 tons, was the first vehicle of this car manufacturer with all-wheel drive (4x4). During World War II Bedford produced about 250,000 vehicles of these four types.