The C15TA in Canadian Service
by Roger V Lucy.
Canada’s Weapons of War Series, WOW035
A5 size softback, 24 pages
Review by Peter Brown
“The C15TA armoured carrier entered Canadian service by a roundabout route.
It was intended to meet a British requirement for a lightly-armoured personnel carrier as an alternative to the American M3A1 Scout Car. The initial production order was to be built for British use while the Canadians did not see any need for them. However they were taken into use, serving during the last year of WW2 and beyond with many operated by other armies post-war.
Developed from the Otter Reconnaissance Car (see WOW32) it was a lightly-armoured vehicle intended to carry a small squad of infantrymen in the assault role or as a radio-equipped command vehicle. Like the Otter it was based on a standard General Motors Canada 15cwt 4×4 light truck chassis with a more powerful engine. It had good cross-country performance and was reliable in service but even its light armour overloaded the chassis.
Attempts to produce a better command vehicle came to nothing because of the weight problem, an armoured ambulance using the same basic vehicle but with higher sides showed promise but never entered production.
The history, development, design and production of the C15TA is covered in similar format to other books in this series, a well-written text giving facts and details backed up with several period black and white photos showing the vehicle from outside and in. A useful series shows one of them in service in NW Europe with various add-ons. Also briefly covered is the CAPLAD which was intended to replace the C15TA with a more capable vehicle though it never went beyond the prototype stage.
Five-view plans across the centre pages shows a typical vehicle including markings with an additional side view of the ambulance version.
Thanks to Clive Law at Service Publications for the review book.”
“It was not that long ago that I was corrected when I stated the C15TA was a softskin, for it is a true armoured car. Due to production availability of the U.S. made White M3 Armoured Car, the British and Canadians collaborated on the design and development of the C15TA, based on the Canadian Military Pattern 4 wheel drive chassis.
C15TA in Canadian Service is another book in the Weapon of War series by Service Publications. The book is 24 pages, 22 great pictures, and a full 2 page illustration showing the C15TA. The book is printed on quality paper and staple bound with a card stock cover, very well written, and easy to read. The C15TA in Canadian Service does an excellent job of describing the development of the C15TA. Through the requirements for both the British War Office and Canadian Department of National Defence, the book steps through the changing scope, differing requirements and development of this Canadian made vehicle.
I found it very interesting that due to the length of development and labour unrest, delays in production limited its use, but it did make an impact on the units with which it was deployed. Not knowing that much about the vehicle before reading the book, I am more knowledgeable about this great Canadian vehicle.
Service Publications has added another great book to the Weapon of War Series. It is a great read and definitely worth the addition to any collection, and priced at $9.95 CDN, it is very affordable.”