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Tango0127 Oct 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

"The first tank designed and built in Canada, the Tank, Cruiser, Ram was created to help solve the insufficient production of tanks in the United Kingdom.

The Ram was based on the American Medium Tank M3 rather than a British tank. This allowed for a more consistent supply of imported parts, which proved critical in the production of the vehicle. Canadian engineers, inexperienced with tank production, were also reliant on the engineering skills of their more experienced American allies.

More than 2,000 Rams were produced by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), but the standardization of the Sherman tank resulted in the Ram never being used outside of training exercises…."
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Major General Stanley27 Oct 2018 6:27 p.m. PST

While Rams may not have been used as gun tanks they were certainly used as OP tanks. According to a WWII FOO, once you took the governor off they went like a bat out of hell. They were also used as Kangaroo APC's

wrgmr127 Oct 2018 8:38 p.m. PST

You will find a number of Ram chassis with Sherman bodies in museums, as they were left behind in North America.
I love the Otter!

Tango0128 Oct 2018 3:11 p.m. PST



14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2018 5:48 p.m. PST

How about all those CMP trucks; 300k to 350k. An absolutely invaluable contribution to the Allied war effort.

Gaz004530 Oct 2018 7:57 a.m. PST

CMP trucks #5 on the list….

NoonJam Inactive Member31 Oct 2018 6:54 a.m. PST


I know with the Ram it was faster then what the manual claims. Well to be fair it only states sustained top speed not short period maximum. Some newspapers at the time state 30 mph.

25 mph in the manual.

Testing while towing the 17 pdr they listed 28 mph top speed.

Was stated to be faster then the M4 on roadways due to the engine being governed higher then the same engine in the M4.

But I have not seen a good source out right state what the actual short period top speed was.

NoonJam Inactive Member14 Nov 2018 12:14 p.m. PST


Don Allen (8Hussar)has some excellent photos of a various vehicles including Ram's

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