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EFS Binnum 37 Blitz
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No: 4736   Contributor: SAFirey   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Other   Country: Australia
EFS Binnum 37 Blitz

Original Blitz belonging to Binnum EFS and still operational is shown here at Naracoorte Showgrounds
Picture added on 25 November 2007
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Sorry that I have Correct you. Blitz is from Opel, this a Chevrolet L 30.

Added by Aaldert Koster on 26 November 2007.
If that "thing" sticking out the open window is the 'hooter' I wouldn't like to be driving too far with that screaming in my earhole....!? We had an almost identical tanker in Henderson New Zealand, but we called it a Quad.

Added by Pavel - Western Australia on 02 December 2007.
yep it a chev blitz ex aussie army ww2 used as a base for many home (brigade) built bush fire units no two are the same

Added by Kerin on 05 March 2009.
Folks;

You are all sorta right - but - gotta claim this one for Canada; even though the Steering Wheel is on the "wrong" side.

It is a World-War Two CMP - "Canadian Military Pattern" truck, built to British Army specifications, by Ford and General Motors subsidiaries in Canada, utilizing vehicle-manufacturing capacity that had been idled by the Great Depression.

Over 400, 000 trucks were cranked out - shipped, all over the British Commonwealth (hence RHD steering) and the world. Chassis' and components were also shipped out, for assembly in other countries as trucks, armoured cars, etc.
The F.A.T. - Field Artillery Tractor that towed a Limber and the famed 25-pounder Field Gun was a CMP chassis and engine.

The "pug-nose" look came from the British Army spec for an efficient, cab-forward design - compact, and easy to load and stow aboard ship.

The CMP's built in Australia - General Motors Holden, Ruskin Motor Bodies Pty, Ford Motor Company of Australia - were nick-named "Blitz" - ? a play on the Opel Blitz truck, built by German GM and Ford subsidiaries, for the Wehrmacht ?

New Zealand assembled the Chevrolet C8AX "Puddlejumper", 4 x 4, 101-inch wheel-base, 8 cwt; sound familiar, Pav ?

The truck in this picture, has the forward-tilted windshield of the Canadian Type 13 Cab, built from 1941 onwards. The idea was to prevent light reflected off the glass, from going up into the sky, to a hostile air-craft; who could then come, and do you a "Nasty".

When peace-time came; this handy 4 x 4 truck found all kinds of employment, all over the globe.

A great tribute, to see this homely rig still chugging away, over 40 years later.

Regards, from Canada,
Pat_R-B

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 06 March 2009.
John Walker (NZ) Where are you when we need you!? From your extensive photo collection can you PLEASE put us out of our misery and post some of those fabulous pics of the above working Blitz/Quad in New Zealand. Why did we designate it a Quad, do you know? Lets all help Pat out here with this one, can't have him going one-up-manship on us, can we!?

Added by Pavel - Western Australia on 06 March 2009.
1939 opel blitz pumper posted at picture #15829 by louis; started on the other (axis') side. Peacetime - 1949: in service with schoten fb, belgium; and now safely in preservation in the netherlands.

have to confess; it is a more handsome truck than the cmp above (<:]

great 'site here, for asking, and finding out things.

regards, from canada,
pat_r-b



Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 07 March 2009.
So far I known, the CMP trucks where known a Blitz trucks in Australia.
The German built Opel trucks had the modelname Blitz.

Added by Louis van Telgen on 07 March 2009.
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