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Canadian Ram Kangaroo of First Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment

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Soldiers of Princess Louise‘s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders infantry regiment, Tenth Canadian Infantry Brigade, Fourth Canadian Armoured Division, ride a Ram Kangaroo of B Squadron, First Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, 79th Armoured Division. This is a late model Ram Kangaroo. Note the jerry cans and other gear stowed on the hull. The Fourth Canadian Armoured Division had just liberated Almelo on April Fifth and are moving to the German town of Werlte. The Canadian-built Ram Kangroo was a replacement for “defrocked“ Priests – M7 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriages with the gun removed. When the M7 Priests were returned to the United States in September 1944, the Canadians turned to their own Ram tanks. The Ram tank was obsolete as a main battle tank, but the application of infantry deployed from armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) during the Battle of Falaise in August 1944 was so successful, the Rams were pulled from storage in United Kingdom, their turrets removed in the field, and two Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiments – the First Canadian and the 49th British – were equipped with 106 Ram Kangaroos each. Each Ram Kangaroo had a machine gun and could carry eight soldiers. The use of infantry able to be somewhat protected (the Kangaroos lacked overhead protection) vehicles capable of keeping up with the tanks solved the problem of heavy infantry casualties on approach to the battlefield, which neither the Canadians or the British could afford. From September 1944 until the end of the war, the Ram Kangaroos carried Allied infantry to the battlefield. The Kangaroo was the forerunner of today‘s modern AFVs.
Image Filename wwii0072.jpg
Image Size 146.38 KB
Image Dimensions 600 x 388
Photographer Stirton, Alexander Mackenzie
Photographer Title Captain, Canadian Army
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed April 11, 1945
Location Between Almelo and Werlte
City Wertle
State or Province Lower Saxony
Country Germany
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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