Diamond T Models 980, 981 - Britain's Second Generation Tank Transporter, by Pat Ware

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Diamond T Models 980, 981 - Britain's Second Generation Tank Transporter, by Pat Ware
Published by Military Trucks Archive in 2020, 98 pages. Softback - c.21cm by 29.5cm (N8307)

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The Diamond T tank transporter owes its existence to several, largely unrelated factors. Firstly, during the mid-thirties the War Office failed to recognise that tank transporters might just be useful in the event of another war. It wasn't until 1937 that a contract was placed with Scammell for a handful of 20-ton transporters. But, perhaps, more telling, tanks were getting bigger and heavier, and even uprating the old Pioneer from 20 to 30 tons was not enough! Clearly, the British Army needed a new tank transporter and, just as clearly, it was not going to be a Scammell.

Enter the Diamond T, a 40-ton American-built prime mover with an outrageous art-deco styled cab, and a long coffin nose housing a massive Hercules diesel engine. Handsome, capable and reliable, the Diamond T eventually clocked-up more than 30 years' military service, with many trucks eventually finding work on civvy street, going on to work on fairgrounds and in heavy haulage before being snapped up by military­ vehicle enthusiasts.


The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs