M151A2 1/4 Ton Trucks

A Canadian Forces M151A2 seen during exercise “Reforger” 1986 in West Germany. (Ernst Beyermann)

In the early 1970’s, Canada’s military fleet of 1952 M38’s and 1953 M38A1 1/4 ton 4×4 trucks were fast approaching their projected 20 year lifespan. A new vehicle was needed to both replace the oldest most worn Jeeps, and augment the remaining fleet of serviceable examples. The M38A1 Jeep, which was last purchased by Canada in 1970, was no longer being manufactured, having been replaced in the US services by the M151 series of 1/4 ton trucks. In 1972, one example of the M151, an A2 variant, was loaned by the US Army to Canada for testing. The vehicle was delivered to the Land Engineering Test Establishment (LETE) proving grounds near Ottawa, Ontario in standard US Army configuration. As the M151 family had already been in the US Military service for a decade, and had been evaluated and upgraded numerous times over the course of its production, it bypassed reliability and maintainability testing in Canada. At the end of the testing period, it was deemed to be a suitable replacement to the M38A1 models, in both operational and training environments.

In 1974, the Canadian military purchased 935 M151A2’s from the United States under contract CD 3613100. The vehicles were drawn from an existing US contract, (DAAE-07-71-C-0103), which was awarded to AM General in February of 1971. In Canadian service, these vehicles were seldom known as a M151A2, or MUTT. They were simply referred to as a “Jeep”, “74 Pattern”, or more colloquially as the “Disposable Jeep” (due to the misguided belief that the US military would simply throw them away rather than repair them in the field). When the vehicles arrived in Canada, they did not have heaters, seatbelts, side curtains or doors provided. These items were supplied at a later date and installed by the Canadian military directly. In an attempt to prevent the rust that was affecting the M38A1 fleet, the new M151A2’s were rust-proofed before delivery with a Zeibart undercoating. These rustproofed vehicles had plastic plugs in the application holes and a Ziebart data plate attached to the dash.

Breakdown of Canadian M151A2 Models

Adapter Kit, Electrical Equipment (AKEE)1214055
Cable Layer1214081
TOW missile launcher12141210
TOW Missile Carrier1214112
“ECC” denotes Equipment Configuration Code.

One hundred and seventy M151A2’s were shipped directly to Canadian Forces Europe, then located in West Germany. One hundred and nineteen vehicles were assigned to the Militia (Reserves) in Canada and the remainder were assigned to Regular Force units throughout the country.

When delivered, the Canadian M151A2’s were identical to their US counterparts. They were finished in a single colour, semi-gloss, olive drab paint, which was later painted over to a standard Canadian three tone camouflage.  The markings were initially minimal, with those vehicles in Europe receiving white painted CFR numbers on the front bumper, and those in Canada receiving only CFR license plates. Along with the paint change, came a change to standard NATO tactical markings on most vehicles, as well as a Canadian flag. These later markings were initially high visibility white, and full colour for the flag emblem, but were changed to low visibility black and green in the 1980’s.

Over the period of use with the Canadian Forces, the M151A2 took on a unique look with the addition of a roll cage, three point seatbelts, grill guards and standard Canadian radio mounting brackets. Somewhat surprisingly, the Canadian Forces never adopted the arctic cab for the M151A2, as the US military did.

In 1984, it was decided to replace the entire fleet of Canadian Forces 1/4 ton trucks with the Volkswagen Iltis. The M151A2’s stayed on until the late 1980’s in some specialist roles, but were mainly gone from the system by 1990. At the end of their service life, it was determined that the entire fleet of Canadian vehicles would be disposed of by means of destruction. This decision primarily stemmed from the liability concern of The Crown selling unsafe vehicles to the public. The flawed rear suspension design of early M151’s had a snap oversteer tendency that led to vehicle rollovers during aggressive high speed cornering. The M151A2 models purchased by Canada had a re-designed rear suspension that effectively addressed this issue but not enough to stem the concern.

Canada’s decision to destroy the trucks was not without precedent. The United States had come to the same conclusion concerning sales of M151’s, and the standard method of disposal became chopping the trucks into pieces. Initially, two sections were suitable to deem the trucks scrap but when enterprising individuals and less then scrupulous businesses started welding them back together, it was decided that the trucks would be reduced to three and finally four major sections. Some of the last vehicles disposed of were sold under the caveat that only the mechanical components were part of the sale and the entire body tub had to be destroyed under government supervision. The Canadian government ultimately had limited success in its efforts to take the trucks off of public roads and some managed to slide into public surplus sales un-cut and many more were re-welded and licensed for private use.

Although the Canadian military never purchased the earlier M151 or M151A1 models, Canadian’s did use these versions while working as observers in Vietnam and on United Nations missions in the middle east. In both cases, the vehicles were supplied to the missions by the US government and the vehicles were never Canadian property.

Canadian Purchase M151A2 Vehicle Data

This table contains the manufacturers serial and Canadian Forces Registration numbers for all 935 vehicles purchased by Canada. The “Last Holding Unit” is the location that the vehicle was assigned to at the time of disposal and does not reflect its entire service history. Additional images and service details are welcome.

CFR NumberSerial NumberLast Holding UnitImage/Notes
09096 43566CFB Borden
09097 43775CFB Borden
09098 43922CFB Borden
09099 43971CFB Borden
09100 43994CFB Borden
09101 44016CFB Borden
09102 43996CFB LONDON
09103 44026CFB LONDON
09104 43847CFB LONDON
09105 43951CFB LONDON
09106 43734CFB LONDON
09107 44027CFB/ASU Valcartier
An early image of 09107 seen on exercise. Note the lack of grille screen and ROPS. (Unknown Source)
09108 44010DRDC Valcartier
09109 44005DRDC Valcartier
09110 44031DRDC Valcartier
09111 43885CFB LAHR
09112 43808DRDC Valcartier
09113 44023DRDC Valcartier
09114 43724CFB LONDON
09115 44032CFB LONDON
09116 43838CFB LONDON
09117 43944CFB Winnipeg
09118 43805CFB Winnipeg
09119 43997CFB Winnipeg
09120 43875CFB Winnipeg
09121 43863CFB Winnipeg
09122 43783CFB Winnipeg
09123 43849CFB Winnipeg
09124 43772CFB Winnipeg
09125 43864CFB LAHR
09126 43855CFB Winnipeg
09127 43845CFB Winnipeg
09128 43790CFB LAHR
09129 43979CFB LAHR
09130 43774CFB Winnipeg
09131 44033CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09132 44034CFB Winnipeg
09133 43866CFB Winnipeg
09134 43927CFB Winnipeg
09135 43850CFB Winnipeg
09136 44022CFB Winnipeg
09137 44029CFB Winnipeg
09138 43823CFB Winnipeg
09139 44015CFB Winnipeg
09140 44007CFB Winnipeg
09141 43857CFB Winnipeg
09142 43830CFB LAHR
09143 44030CFB CALGARY
09144 43859CFB LAHR
09145 43977CFB LAHR
09146 43704CFB LAHR
09147 44036CFB LAHR
09148 43784CFB CALGARY
09149 43869CFB LAHR
09150 43888CFB LAHR
09151 43882CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09152 43728CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09153 43839CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09154 44001CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09155 43870CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09156 43985CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09157 43887CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09158 43569CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09159 43702CFB Moose Jaw
09160 43843CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09161 43993CFB Moose Jaw
09162 43778CFB/ASU Shilo
(Image: Ken Whitnall)
1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09163 43833CFB Moose Jaw
09164 43835CFB Moose Jaw
09165 43740CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09166 43867CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09167 43878CFB Moose Jaw
09168 43874CFB/ASU ShiloPreserved at Royal Canadian Artillery Museum, CFB Shilo
09169 43989CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09170 43754CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09171 43763CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09172 44035CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09173 43822CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09174 43884CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09175 43844CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09176 43824CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09177 43990CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09178 43785CFB CALGARY
09180 43801CFB CALGARY
09182 43712CFB/ASU Edmonton
09183 43786CFB CALGARY
09184 43816CFB CALGARY
09185 43755CFB CALGARY
09189 44014CFB CALGARY
09190 43793CFB CALGARY
09191 43729CFB CALGARY
09194 43821CFB CALGARY
09195 43813CFB CALGARY
09196 43894CFB CALGARY
09197 43831CFB CALGARY
09198 43757CFB CALGARY
09199 43836CFB CALGARY
09200 43840CFB CALGARY
09201 44021CFB CALGARY
09202 43705CFB CALGARY
09203 43842CFB CALGARY
09204 43719CFB CALGARY
09205 43804CFB CALGARY
09206 43722CFB CALGARY
09208 452487 CFSD
09209 45282CFB LAHR
09210 43737CFB CALGARY
09211 45261CFB CALGARY
09212 43848CFB CALGARY
09214 43711CFB CALGARY
09215 43716CFB CALGARY
09216 43826CFB CALGARY
09217 43814CFB CALGARY
09218 43780CFB CALGARY
09219 43796CFB CALGARY
09220 43862CFB CALGARY
09221 44020CFB CALGARY
09222 43750CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09223 43948CFB CALGARY
09224 43853CFB CALGARY
09225 43794CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09226 43871CFB CALGARY
09227 43769CFB CALGARY
09228 43841CFB CALGARY
09229 44008CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09230 43879CFB CALGARY
09231 43860CFB CALGARY
09232 43799CFB CALGARY
09233 43773CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09234 45284CFB CALGARY
09235 44004CFB/ASU Petawawa
09236 43811CFB Esquimalt
09238 43723CFB CALGARY
09239 43761CFB CALGARY
09240 44013CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09241 43819CFB CALGARY
09242 43978CFB CALGARY
09243 43767CFB CALGARY
09244 45144CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09245 45292CFB CALGARY
09247 45281CFB CALGARY
09248 45250CFB OTTAWA
09249 45275CFB CALGARY
09250 45280CFB CALGARY
09251 45256CFB CALGARY
09252 44028CFB CALGARY
09253 43758CFB CALGARY
09254 43883CFB CALGARY
09255 43751CFB CALGARY
09256 43742CFB CALGARY
09257 43851CFB CALGARY
09258 43782CFB CALGARY
09259 43803CFB CALGARY
09261 43865CFB CALGARY
09262 43776CFB CALGARY
09263 43820CFB CALGARY
09264 43852CFB CALGARY
09265 43756CFB CALGARY
09266 43791CFB CALGARY
09267 43732CFB LONDON
09268 45265CFB CALGARY
09269 43762CFB CALGARY
09270 45041CFB CALGARY
09271 45270CFB CALGARY
09272 43721CFB CALGARY
09273 43950CFB CALGARY
09274 45049CFB CALGARY
09275 43715CFB CALGARY
09276 43717CFB CALGARY
09277 45274CFB CALGARY
09278 43693CFB CALGARY
09279 43873CFB CALGARY
09280 43726CFB CALGARY
09281 45278CFB LONDON
09282 43730CFB CALGARY
09283 43802CFB CALGARY
09284 43809CFB CALGARY
09285 43832CFB CALGARY
09286 43916CFB CALGARY
09287 43792CFB CALGARY
09288 44017CFB CALGARY
09289 43999CFB CALGARY
09290 43770CFB CALGARY
09291 44012CFB CALGARY
09292 44009CFB CALGARY
09293 43834CFB CALGARY
09294 43749CFB CALGARY
09295 43931CFB LONDON
09296 45064CFB CALGARY
09297 43779CFB/ASU Valcartier
09298 43696CFB CALGARY
09299 44025CFB CALGARY
09300 44018CFB CALGARY
09301 43746CFB CALGARY
09302 43798CFB CALGARY
09303 43771CFB CALGARY
09304 43741CFB CALGARY
09305 43759CFB CALGARY
09306 43886CFB LONDON
09307 43817CFB CALGARY
09308 43727CFB CALGARY
09309 45264CFB LAHR
Seen during the mass drive past at RV81 in CFB Gagetown. (DND Image)
09310 45021CFB LAHR
09311 43966CFB LAHR
09312 43713CFB LAHR
09313 45202CFB LAHR
09314 43995CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09315 43815CFB LAHR
Imaged during RV83 at CFB Wainwright. (Credit: W.E. Storey)
09316 45287CFB LAHR
09317 43707CFB LAHR
09318 4393725 CFSD
09319 43973CFB LAHR
09320 43788CFB LAHR
09321 45277CFB LAHR
09322 45258CFB LAHR
09323 43829CFB LAHR
09324 43725CFB LAHR
09325 43701CFB LAHR
09326 43934CFB LAHR
09327 44024CFB TORONTO
09328 43765DRDC Valcartier
09329 43747CFB TORONTO
09330 43854CFB/ASU Valcartier
09331 44019CFB/ASU Valcartier
09332 43698CFB/ASU Valcartier
09333 45216CFB/ASU Valcartier
09334 43691CFB/ASU Valcartier
09335 45283CFB/ASU Valcartier
09336 43940CFB/ASU Valcartier
09337 43938CFB/ASU Kingston
09338 43714CFB TORONTO
09339 45267CFB TORONTO
Dame Vera Lynn singing from the back of 09339 at the Toronto Ex in 1981. (Toronto Public Library)
09340 45268CFB TORONTO
09341 45253CFB TORONTO
09342 45286CFB TORONTO
Taking a break during a navigation exercise with the Ontario Regiment in 1983-84. (Courtesy Nelson Cross)
09343 45272CFB TORONTO
0934443709SEE 78180
09344 seen at Camp Meaford during the 1977. (Courtesy Dennis Cardy)
09345 43706CFB TORONTO
09346 45279CFB TORONTO
(Courtesy Colin M. Stevens)
09347 45273CFB TORONTO
09348 43735CFB TORONTO
09349 43703CFB TORONTO
09350 43962CFB Borden
09351 436997 CFSD
09352 43872CFB/ASU Petawawa
09353 44011CFB LAHR
09354 44003CFB/ASU Shilo1987: Sold from CFB Shilo for mechanical salvage. Body tub crushed.
09355 44000CFB TORONTO
09356 439577 CFSD
09357 43955CFB Borden
09358 43739CFB LAHR
09359 439707 CFSD
09360 45016CFB/ASU Petawawa
09361 43925CFB/ASU Petawawa
09362 43961CFB/ASU Petawawa
09363 43949CFB/ASU Petawawa
09364 43695CFB/ASU Gagetown
09365 43945CFB/ASU Petawawa
09366 43987CFB/ASU Petawawa
09367 43972CFB/ASU Petawawa
09368 45288CFB/ASU Petawawa
09369 43694CFB/ASU Kingston
09370 43777CFB/ASU Petawawa
09371 45295CFB/ASU Petawawa
09372 43952CFB/ASU Petawawa
09373 43964CFB/ASU Gagetown
09374 43998CFB/ASU Petawawa
09375 439817 CFSD
09376 43921CFB CALGARY
09377 43781CFB/ASU Petawawa
09378 437007 CFSD
09379 43956CFB/ASU Gagetown
09380 43752CFB CALGARY
09381 43744CFB/ASU Petawawa
09383 437897 CFSD
09385 43720CFB/ASU Petawawa
09386 43929CFB/ASU Valcartier
09387 43738CFB/ASU Petawawa
0938843891SEE 77264
09390 438277 CFSD
09391 45244CFB CHATHAM
09392 45246CFB/ASU Petawawa
Seen during the Montreal Olympics in 1976. (DND Image)
09393 43920CFB CALGARY
09395 43567CFB/ASU Petawawa
09395 in front, seen during the mass drive past at RV81 in CFB Gagetown. (DND Image)

Seen during the mass drive past at RV81 in CFB Gagetown. (W.E. Storey Image)
09396 43800CFB Borden
Cadets at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1979 seen using a M151A2 in a leverage exercise. (DND Image)
09397 43743CFB CALGARY
09398 453017 CFSD
09399 452337 CFSD
09400 452547 CFSD
09401 45225CFB/ASU Petawawa
09402 43787CFB/ASU Petawawa
09403 45313CFB/ASU Petawawa
09404 45098CFB TORONTO
09405 45029CFB/ASU Petawawa
09406 45289CFB/ASU Petawawa
09407 453087 CFSD
09409 43988CFB CALGARY
09410 43877CFB CALGARY
09411 43958CFB CALGARY
09412 43889CFB/ASU Petawawa
09413 43708CFB CHATHAM
09414 45269CFB CHATHAM
09415 45039CFB/ASU Petawawa
09416 438927 CFSD
09417 43942CFB/ASU Petawawa
A small number of Canadian M151A2’s were painted in desert sand overall as “OPFOR” vehicles during RV85 at CFB Wainwright. (courtesy Eric Booth)

Detail of the RV85 windshield stencil on 09417 indicating that it was vehicle number 7. (courtesy Eric Booth)
09418 43924CFB OTTAWA
09419 45018CFB/ASU Petawawa
09420 45237CFB CHATHAM
09421 43954CFB/ASU Petawawa
09422 43856CFB/ASU Petawawa
09423 43570CFB CALGARY
09424 45117CFB/ASU Petawawa
09425 45162CFB CHATHAM
09426 45306CFB/ASU Petawawa
09427 43828CFB TORONTO
09429 45304CFB/ASU Petawawa
09430 43980CFB CALGARY
09431 43861CFB Borden
09433 43965CFB Esquimalt
09438 seen with the uncommon addition of M38A1 headlight guards. (Unknown Source)
09439 43982CFB Esquimalt
09440 43983CFB Esquimalt
09442 43936CFB Esquimalt
 An image of 09444 with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (15 Support Squadron) circa 1980. Wearing Call-Sign “59”, this truck was being used as the OC’s jeep. Note the lack of brush guard on the grill and radio antenna with tie-down. (Courtesy Peter Faulkner)
1980: 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, CFB Chilliwack.
1 Combat Engineer Regiment in the field with 09446. (Courtesy Dan McLaren)
Being unloaded from an airdrop pallet at RV85 in CFB Wainwright. (DND Image)
09451 419167 CFSD
09452 43568CFB Esquimalt
09454 43697CFB Esquimalt
09455 43731CFB Esquimalt
(Courtesy Dan McLaren)
09456 43748CFB Esquimalt
09457 43764CFB Esquimalt
09458 43795CFB Esquimalt
09459 43807CFB Esquimalt
09461 43818CFB Esquimalt
09462 43825CFB Esquimalt
09463 43837CFB Esquimalt
09464 43846CFB Esquimalt
09465 43868CFB Esquimalt
09467 43893CFB Esquimalt
09468 43915CFB Esquimalt
09469 43917CFB Esquimalt
09470 43918CFB Esquimalt
09471 43919CFB Esquimalt
09472 43935CFB Esquimalt
09473 43953CFB Esquimalt
09474 43963CFB Esquimalt
09475 43975CFB Esquimalt
09476 43984CFB Esquimalt
09477 43991CFB Esquimalt
09478 44006CFB Esquimalt
09479 45037CFB/ASU Valcartier
09480 45219CFB LAHR
09481 45134CFB LAHR
09482 45142CFB LAHR
09483 45232CFB ST-JEAN
09484 45208CFB LAHR
09485 45166CFB LAHR
09486 43992CFB Borden
09487 45050CFB Borden
09488 45247CFB ST-JEAN
09489 45223CFB LAHR
09490 45036CFB LAHR
09491 45241CFB LAHR
09492 45114CFB ST-JEAN
09493 45174CFB LAHR
09494 45055CFB Borden
09495 45303CFB ST-JEAN
09496 45092CFB LAHR
09497 45299CFB LAHR
09498 45252CFB/ASU Petawawa
09499 45177CFS St John’s
09501 45199CFB Borden
09502 45307CFB Borden
09503 45148CFB LAHR
09504 45178CFB LAHR
09505 45100CFB LAHR
09506 45189CFB OTTAWA
09507 45297CFB LAHR
09509 45271CFB ST-JEAN
09511 45116CFB/ASU Gagetown
09512 43943CFB ST-JEAN
09513 45071CFB/ASU Valcartier
09514 45181CFB LAHR
09515 45043CFB LAHR
09516 45052CFB LAHR
09517 45204CFB LAHR
09518 45302CFB Winnipeg
09519 45214CFB LONDON
09520 45171CFB/ASU Valcartier
09521 45040CFB LAHR
09522 45062CFB LAHR
09523 45089CFB LAHR
09525 45051CFB/ASU Valcartier
09526 45172CFB LONDON
09528 45218CFB LAHR
09529 45065CFB LAHR
09530 45314CFB LAHR
09531 45158CFB LAHR
09533 45262CFB LAHR
09534 45157CFB LAHR
09535 45060CFB TORONTO
09536 45061CFB LAHR
09537 45179CFB LAHR
09538 45168CFB LAHR
09539 45099CFB OTTAWA
09540 45197CFB/ASU Petawawa
09541 45063CFB Suffield
09542 45080CFB/ASU Valcartier
09543 45276CFB/ASU Valcartier
09544 45066CFB/ASU Valcartier
09545 45155CFB/ASU Valcartier
09546 45251CFB/ASU Valcartier
09547 45221CFB/ASU Valcartier
09548 45187CFB/ASU Valcartier
09549 45057CFB/ASU Valcartier
09550 45220CFB/ASU Montréal
09551 45127CFB/ASU Valcartier
09552 45078CFB/ASU Valcartier
09553 45101CFB/ASU Valcartier
09554 45141CFB/ASU Valcartier
09555 45067CFB/ASU Valcartier
09556 45104CFB/ASU Valcartier
09557 45165CFB/ASU Valcartier
09558 45239CFB/ASU Valcartier
09559 45170CFB/ASU Valcartier
09560 45139CFB Bagotville
09561 45126CFB/ASU Valcartier
09562 45035CFB/ASU Valcartier
09563 46128CFB/ASU Valcartier
09564 45194CFB Bagotville
09565 45173CFB Bagotville
09566 45228CFB Bagotville
09567 46060CFB Bagotville
09568 45217CFB/ASU Valcartier
09569 46113CFB/ASU Valcartier
09570 45097CFB/ASU Valcartier
09571 45159CFB/ASU Valcartier
09572 46125CFB/ASU Valcartier
09573 45206CFB Winnipeg
09574 46119CFB/ASU Valcartier
09575 45180CFB/ASU Valcartier
09576 46034CFB/ASU Valcartier
09577 46147CFB/ASU Valcartier
09578 46116CFB/ASU Valcartier
09579 45091CFB/ASU Valcartier
09580 45198CFB/ASU Valcartier
09581 46139CFB/ASU Valcartier
09582 45112CFB/ASU Valcartier
09583 45226CFB/ASU Valcartier
09584 45093CFB/ASU Gagetown
09585 45167CFB/ASU Valcartier
09586 46129CFB/ASU Valcartier
09587 45074CFB/ASU Montréal
09588 45150CFB/ASU Valcartier
09589 45031CFB/ASU Valcartier
09590 45192CFB/ASU Valcartier
09591 46131CFB/ASU Valcartier
Seen during the Montreal Olympics in 1976. The large numbers on the hoods are specific to the Olympics operation. (DND Image)
09592 45073CFB/ASU Valcartier
09593 45185CFB/ASU Valcartier
09594 45236CFB/ASU Valcartier
09595 45183CFB/ASU Valcartier
09596 45085CFB/ASU Valcartier
09597 45022CFB/ASU Valcartier
09598 45048CFB/ASU Valcartier
09599 45025CFB/ASU Valcartier
09600 45235CFB/ASU Valcartier
09601 45024CFB/ASU Valcartier
09602 45110CFB/ASU Valcartier
09603 45111CFB/ASU Valcartier
09604 45310CFB/ASU Valcartier
09605 45121CFB/ASU Valcartier
09607 45083CFB/ASU Gagetown
09608 45224CFB/ASU Valcartier
09609 45285CFB/ASU Valcartier
09610 45129CFB/ASU Valcartier
09611 45149CFB/ASU Valcartier
09612 45257CFB/ASU Valcartier
09613 45059CFB/ASU Valcartier
09614 45309CFB/ASU Valcartier
09615 45443CFB/ASU Valcartier
09616 45103CFB/ASU Montréal
09617 45293CFB/ASU Valcartier
09618 46054CFB/ASU Valcartier
09619 45212CFB/ASU Valcartier
09620 45047CFB/ASU Valcartier
09621 45186CFB Winnipeg
09622 45201CFB/ASU Montréal
09623 45095CFB/ASU Valcartier
09624 45124CFB/ASU Valcartier
09625 45229CFB LONDON
09626 45113CFB/ASU Valcartier
09627 45290CFB/ASU Valcartier
09628 45153CFB LONDON
09629 45140CFB/ASU Valcartier
09630 43766CFB/ASU Valcartier
09631 45188CFB/ASU Valcartier
09632 45255CFB Borden
09633 45033CFB/ASU Valcartier
09634 45135CFB/ASU Valcartier
Seen during the Montreal Olympics in 1976. (DND Image)
09635 43941CFB/ASU Valcartier
09636 45193CFB/ASU Valcartier
09637 45130CFB/ASU Valcartier
09638 45081CFB/ASU Valcartier
09639 43932CFB/ASU Valcartier
09640 45069CFB/ASU Valcartier
09641 45046CFB/ASU Valcartier
09642 43986CFB/ASU Valcartier
09643 45230CFB/ASU Valcartier
09644 45231CFB/ASU Valcartier
09645 44210CFB/ASU Valcartier
09646 45227CFB/ASU Valcartier
09647 45045CFB Winnipeg
09648 45079CFB/ASU Valcartier
09649 45184CFB/ASU Valcartier
09650 45053CFB/ASU Valcartier
09651 45032CFB/ASU Valcartier
09652 45125CFB/ASU Valcartier
09653 45090CFB/ASU Valcartier
09654 45305CFB/ASU Valcartier
09655 45207CFB/ASU Valcartier
09656 45027CFB/ASU Valcartier
09657 45312CFB/ASU Valcartier
09658 45077CFB/ASU Valcartier
09659 45152CFB/ASU Valcartier
09660 45120CFB/ASU Valcartier
09661 45042CFB/ASU Valcartier
09662 45205CFB/ASU Gagetown
09663 45075CFB/ASU Valcartier
09664 45294CFB/ASU Valcartier
09665 45200CFB LONDON
09666 45054CFB/ASU Valcartier
09667 45291CFB/ASU Valcartier
09668 45298CFB/ASU Valcartier
09669 45023CFB/ASU Valcartier
09670 45266CFB/ASU Valcartier
09671 45209CFB/ASU Valcartier
09672 45245CFB/ASU Valcartier
09673 45161CFB/ASU Valcartier
09674 45147CFB/ASU Valcartier
09675 45243CFB/ASU Valcartier
09676 43880CFB/ASU Valcartier
09677 46141CFB/ASU Valcartier
09678 45044CFB/ASU Valcartier
09679 46144CFB/ASU Valcartier
09680 46156CFB/ASU Valcartier
09681 46127CFB/ASU Valcartier
09682 45017CFB/ASU Valcartier
Seen during the Montreal Olympics in 1976. The large numbers on the hoods are specific to the Olympics operation. (DND Image)
09683 45138CFB/ASU Valcartier
09684 46153CFB/ASU Valcartier
09685 45038CFB/ASU Valcartier
09686 45133CFB/ASU Valcartier
09687 46056CFB/ASU Valcartier
09688 45176CFB/ASU Valcartier
09689 45015CFB/ASU Valcartier
09690 46135CFB/ASU Valcartier
Seen during the Montreal Olympics in 1976. The large numbers on the hoods are specific to the Olympics operation. (DND Image)
09691 45019CFB/ASU Valcartier
09692 46048CFB/ASU Valcartier
09693 45056CFB/ASU Valcartier
09694 45131CFB/ASU Valcartier
09695 46030CFB/ASU Valcartier
09696 46044CFB/ASU Valcartier
09697 45094CFB/ASU Valcartier
09698 45164CFB/ASU Valcartier
09699 46118CFB/ASU Valcartier
09700 46158CFB/ASU Valcartier
09701 46032CFB/ASU Montréal
09702 46157CFB/ASU Valcartier
09703 45191CFB/ASU Valcartier
09704 45030CFB/ASU Montréal
09705 46050CFB/ASU Gagetown
09706 45156CFB/ASU Montréal
09707 46036CFB/ASU Valcartier
09708 45222CFB/ASU Valcartier
09709 46038CFB/ASU Valcartier
09710 46121CFB/ASU Valcartier
09711 46041CFB/ASU Valcartier
09712 46066CFB/ASU Valcartier
09713 46058CFB/ASU Valcartier
09714 46112CFB/ASU Valcartier
09715 45210CFB/ASU Valcartier
09716 45211CFB/ASU Valcartier
09717 45107CFB/ASU Valcartier
0971845119SEE 78174
09719 45163CFB/ASU Valcartier
09720 45249CFB/ASU Valcartier
09721 45058CFB/ASU Valcartier
0972245196SEE 63558
09723 45109CFB/ASU Montréal
09724 45068CFB/ASU Valcartier
09725 45128CFB/ASU Montréal
09726 45143CFB/ASU Montréal
09727 45082CFB/ASU Montréal
09728 45084CFB/ASU Montréal
09729 45088CFB/ASU Montréal
09730 45213CFB ST-JEAN
09731 45203CFB ST-JEAN
09732 45115CFB ST-JEAN
09733 45106CFB ST-JEAN
09734 45087CFB ST-JEAN
09735 45238CFB ST-JEAN
09736 45215CFB/ASU Montréal
09737 45145CFB OTTAWA
09738 45132CFB/ASU Petawawa
09739 45034CFB/ASU Petawawa
09740 45146CFB/ASU Petawawa
09741 45108CFB OTTAWA
09742 45026CFB OTTAWA
09743 45175CFB Borden
09744 45086Land Engineering Test Establishment (LETE)
09745 45190CFB North Bay
09746 45076CFB OTTAWA
09747 45123CFB OTTAWA
09748 45096CFB/ASU Valcartier
09749 43876CFB OTTAWA
09749 was one of a very small number of M151’s earmarked for preservation by DND. Seen here in the collection of the Canadian War Museum.
09750 45160CFB OTTAWA
09751 46241CFB Halifax
09752 46227CFB/ASU Gagetown
09753 46205CFB/ASU Gagetown
09754 46140CFB/ASU Gagetown
09755 46137CFB/ASU Gagetown
09756 46130CFB/ASU Gagetown
09757 46073CFB/ASU Gagetown
09758 46031CFB/ASU Gagetown
09759 45070CFB/ASU Gagetown
09760 46072CFB/ASU Gagetown
09761 46053CFS St John’s
09762 46046CFB/ASU Gagetown
09763 46235CFB/ASU Gagetown
09764 46224CFB/ASU Gagetown
09765 46152CFB/ASU Gagetown
09766 46155CFB/ASU Gagetown
09767 46047CFB CHATHAM
09768 46226CFB/ASU Gagetown
09769 46035CFB OTTAWA
09770 46027CFB/ASU Gagetown
09771 46206CFB/ASU Gagetown
09772 46223CFB/ASU Gagetown
09773 46219CFB/ASU Gagetown
09774 46122CFB/ASU Gagetown
09775 45028CFB/ASU Gagetown
09776 46110CFB/ASU Gagetown
09777 46061CFB/ASU Gagetown
09778 46043CFB/ASU Gagetown
09779 46062CFB OTTAWA
09780 46239CFB/ASU Gagetown
09781 46145CFB/ASU Gagetown
09782 46065CFB/ASU Gagetown
09783 46237CFB/ASU Gagetown
09784 46194CFB/ASU Gagetown
09785 46040CFB/ASU Gagetown
09786 46218CFB/ASU Gagetown
09787 46148CFB/ASU Gagetown
09788 46051CFB/ASU Gagetown
09789 45122CFB/ASU Kingston
09790 46150CFB/ASU Gagetown
09791 46068CFB/ASU Gagetown
09793 46025CFB/ASU Gagetown
09794 46154CFB/ASU Gagetown
09795 46202CFB/ASU Gagetown
09796 45151Land Engineering Test Establishment (LETE)
09797 45296CFB/ASU Gagetown
09798 46074CFB/ASU Gagetown
09799 45169CFB LONDON
09800 46685CFB/ASU Gagetown
09801 46726CFB/ASU Gagetown
09802 46627CFB/ASU Gagetown
09803 46238CFB MONCTON
09804 46231CFB MONCTON
09805 46124CFB/ASU Gagetown
09806 46715CFB/ASU Gagetown
09807 45102CFB/ASU Gagetown
09808 46693CFB/ASU Gagetown
09809 46240CFB MONCTON
09810 46710CFB Halifax
09811 46714CFB Greenwood
09812 46232CFB Greenwood
09813 46216CFB Halifax
09814 46718CFB/ASU Gagetown
09815 45234CFB/ASU Gagetown
09816 46067CFB LONDON
09817 46196CFB/ASU Gagetown
09818 46200CFB/ASU Gagetown
09819 46138CFB Borden
On the Gunnery Range at CFB Gagetown in 1978. (Courtesy Dan Martel)
09821 46117CFB/ASU Gagetown
09822 46198CFB LAHR
09823 46033CFB/ASU Gagetown
09824 46063CFB/ASU Gagetown
09825 46146CFB MONCTON
09826 46597CFB/ASU Gagetown
09827 46193CFB/ASU Gagetown
09828 46039CFB/ASU Gagetown
09829 45182CFB/ASU Gagetown
09830 46115CFB/ASU Gagetown
09831 46637CFB/ASU Gagetown
09832 46725CFB LONDON
09833 46143CFB/ASU Gagetown
09834 46071CFB/ASU Gagetown
09835 46234CFB LAHR
09836 46225CFB/ASU Valcartier
09838 46201CFB LAHR
09839 46037CFB/ASU Gagetown
09840 46059CFB/ASU Gagetown
09841 46151CFB/ASU Gagetown
09842 46242CFB/ASU Gagetown
09843 46236CFB/ASU Gagetown
09844 46120CFB/ASU Gagetown
09848 45072CFB LAHR
09849 46133CFB/ASU Gagetown
09850 46233CFB/ASU Gagetown
09851 46222CFB/ASU Gagetown
09852 46228CFB/ASU Gagetown
09853 46721CFB/ASU Gagetown
09854 46230CFB/ASU Gagetown
09855 46064CFB Halifax
09856 46220CFB Halifax
09857 46271CFB Halifax
09858 46704CFB Halifax
09859 46720CFB Halifax
09860 46727CFB Halifax
22350 43928CFB LAHR
22351 45105CFB LAHR
22352 45154CFB LAHR
22353 46026CFB LAHR
22354 46029CFB LAHR
22355 46042CFB LAHR
22356 46045CFB LAHR
22357 46049CFB LAHR
22358 46052CFB LAHR
22359 46055CFB LAHR
Seen with 4MP Platoon in Luetkirsh West Germany during 1977. (Library and Archives Canada)

4 MP Platoon during an exercise in West Germany, 1979 (DND Image).
22360 46057CFB LAHR
22361 46069CFB LAHR
22362 46070CFB LAHR
22363 46109CFB LAHR
22364 46111CFB LAHR
22365 46114CFB LAHR
22366 46123CFB LAHR
22367 46134CFB LAHR
22368 46136CFB LAHR
22369 46142CFB LAHR
22370 46149CFB LAHR
22371 46195CFB LAHR
22372 46197CFB LAHR
22373 46199CFB LAHR
22374 46203CFB LAHR
22375 46207CFB LAHR
22376 46208CFB LAHR
22377 46210CFB LAHR
22378 46212CFB LAHR
22379 46213CFB LAHR
22380 46214CFB LAHR
22381 46215CFB LAHR
22382 46221CFB LAHR
22383 46423CFB LAHR
22384 46424CFB LAHR
22385 46425CFB LAHR
22386 46426CFB LAHR
22387 46427CFB LAHR
22388 46428CFB LAHR
22389 46429CFB LAHR
22390 46430CFB LAHR
22391 46431CFB LAHR
22392 46432CFB LAHR
22393 46433CFB LAHR
22394 46434CFB LAHR
22395 46435CFB LAHR
22396 46436CFB LAHR
22397 46437CFB LAHR
22398 46438CFB LAHR
22399 46439CFB LAHR
22400 46440CFB LAHR
22401 46441CFB LAHR
22402 46442CFB LAHR
22403 46443CFB LAHR
22404 46444CFB LAHR
22405 46445CFB LAHR
22406 46446CFB LAHR
22407 46447CFB LAHR
22408 46448CFB LAHR
22409 46450CFB LAHR
22410 46451CFB LAHR
22411 46452CFB LAHR
22412 46453CFB LAHR
22413 46454CFB LAHR
22414 46455CFB LAHR
22415 46456CFB LAHR
22416 46458CFB LAHR
22417 46457CFB LAHR
22418 46459CFB LAHR
22419 46460CFB LAHR
22420 46461CFB LAHR
22421 46462CFB LAHR
22422 46463CFB LAHR
22423 46464CFB LAHR
22424 46465CFB LAHR
22425 46466CFB LAHR
22426 46467CFB LAHR
22427 46468CFB LAHR
22428 46469CFB LAHR
22429 46470CFB LAHR
22430 46594CFB LAHR
22431 46595CFB LAHR
22432 46596CFB LAHR
22433 46599CFB LAHR
22434 46600CFB LAHR
22435 46601CFB LAHR
22436 46602CFB LAHR
22437 46603CFB LAHR
22438 46604CFB LAHR
22439 46605CFB LAHR
22440 46606CFB LAHR
22441 46607CFB LAHR
22442 46609CFB LAHR
22443 46610CFB LAHR
22444 46611CFB LAHR
22445 46612CFB LAHR
22446 46613CFB LAHR
22447 46614CFB LAHR
22448 46615CFB LAHR
22449 46616CFB LAHR
22450 46617CFB LAHR
22451 46618CFB LAHR
22452 46619CFB LAHR
22453 46620CFB LAHR
22454 46621CFB LAHR
22455 46622CFB LAHR
22456 46623CFB LAHR
22457 46624CFB LAHR
22458 46625CFB LAHR
22459 46626CFB LAHR
22460 46628CFB LAHR
22461 46629CFB LAHR
22462 46630CFB LAHR
22463 46631CFB LAHR
22464 46632CFB LAHR
22465 46634CFB LAHR
22466 46636CFB LAHR
22467 46638CFB LAHR
22468 46640CFB LAHR
22469 46641CFB LAHR
22470 46642CFB LAHR
22471 46682CFB LAHR
22472 46683CFB LAHR
22473 46684CFB LAHR
22474 46686CFB LAHR
22475 46688CFB LAHR
22476 46690CFB LAHR
22477 46691CFB LAHR
22478 46694CFB LAHR
22479 46695CFB LAHR
22480 46697CFB LAHR
22481 46700CFB LAHR
22482 46701CFB LAHR
22483 46702CFB LAHR
22484 46708CFB LAHR
22485 46709CFB LAHR
22486 46711CFB LAHR
22487 46713CFB LAHR
Seen during Reforger 1986 while in Switzerland (Courtesy Manfred Garstka)

Seen during Reforger 1986 while in Switzerland (Courtesy Manfred Garstka)
22488 46716CFB LAHR
22489 46717CFB LAHR
22490 46719CFB LAHR
22491 46722CFB LAHR
22492 46723CFB LAHR
22493 46724CFB LAHR
22494 46728CFB LAHR
22495 46729CFB LAHR
22496 46730CFB LAHR
22497 46692CFB LAHR
22498 46707CFB LAHR
22499 46229CFB LAHR
22500 46699CFB LAHR
22501 46633CFB LAHR
22502 46635CFB LAHR
22503 46126CFB LAHR
22504 46681CFB LAHR
22505 46687CFB LAHR
22506 46698CFB LAHR
22507 46598CFB LAHR
22508 46706CFB LAHR
22509 46696CFB LAHR
22510 46608CFB LAHR
22511 46217CFB LAHR
22512 46132CFB LAHR
22513 46639CFB LAHR
22514 46471CFB LAHR
22515 46705CFB LAHR
22516 46712CFB LAHR
22517 46689CFB LAHR
22518 46593CFB LAHR
22519 46449CFB LAHR
63558 45196CFB/ASU MontréalReplacement CFR number for lost plate. See 09722.

With the Black Watch (RHC) at CFB Valcartier. Note the commercial off-road tires seen on some M151A2’s in Canada during the 1980’s. (Courtesy Eric Booth)
77264 43891CFB TORONTOReplacement CFR number for lost plate. See 09388.
78180 43709CFB TORONTOReplacement CFR number for lost plate. See 09344.
78184 45119CFB/ASU ValcartierReplacement CFR number for lost plate. See 09718.

Seen on the parade square of the Vernon Cadet Camp in the 1980’s. Note the ceremonial vice regal fittings and silver wheels! (DND Image)

Seen in 1979 at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp. (DND Image)

Seen in 1980 at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp. (DND Image)
09847 46209CFB/ASU ValcartierW/KIT CABLE LAYING

In use with the PPCLI in the 1970’s (Courtesy Steve Hawken)

Imaged at Camp Wainwright during the RV85 exercises. (Image: W.E.Storey)
09207 in the collection of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (CWM Image)
09382 43858CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.

09382 seen in the DND publication for rigging the M151A2 TOW for palletized air dropping. (DND Image)

09382 seen in the DND publication for rigging the M151A2 TOW for palletized air dropping. (DND Image)

Still from the DND video production “Pegasus Strike” A 1982 look at the Canadian Airborne Regiment in training at CFB Petawawa.

Another still from “Pegasus Strike” showing 09382 with it’s crew getting ready to load into a Chinook helicopter at CFB Petawawa.

A DND stores tag found on an M151A2 radiator. Note that it was once intended for 74-09382. (Eric Booth)
09384 43760CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09389 45240CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09394 45389CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09408 45300CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09500 45136CFB/ASU GagetownW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09510 45263CFB/ASU PetawawaW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.
09532 45195CFB/ASU GagetownW/ADAPTER KIT, M232 TOW LAUNCHER.

Canadian Purchase Image Gallery.

“Fallex 84” In West Germany. The last number of the black painted CFR on the front bumper is obscured but the beginning is 0932 (Library and Archives Canada)
Vehicle technicians on a QL course pull a powerpack (Library and Archives Canada)
Members of 32 (Moncton) Service Battalion loading M151A2’s into M135 trucks in preparation for an exercise during summer 1981. Note the locally made replacement canvas top with lack of a back window. (Courtesy Micheal Bergeron)
An M151A2 seen leading a column of Leopard tanks off of the range in West Germany. Note the orange beacon. (DND Image)
Putting a lame horse down. A well and truly stuck M151A2 with trailer seen on exercise with 2nd Field Regiment RCA at CFB Gagetown. (Courtesy Samuel McGregor)
Two brand new M151A2’s with an M38A1 seen at CFB Lahr in West Germany in 1975. The CFR numbers are stenciled in white on the front bumper in this very early image. (Courtesy Don Dingwall)
Lunch with the Sherbrooke Hussars. This image clearly shows the recent addition of the Canadian design of roll cage to the M151A2’s. The re-enforcing plates on the outside of the body have not been painted to match the camouflage at the time of installation. This is something that would be remedied during the next vehicle repaints. (Courtesy Terry Warner)
An early image of a M151A2 seen during a parade fully kitted out for the reconnaissance role. Note the Browning GPMG on the infantry tripod tied to the hood and the C42 Radio antenna tuning unit on the front fender. (CFB Cornwallis Museum)
Seen in the early 1980’s at CFB Valcartier with the Black Watch (RHC) (Courtesy Eric Booth)
Changing a differential on a M151A2 in West Germany during RV86. The Taurus ARV may be better then a jack but the gas can is worse than a jackstand! (DND Image)
Winter 1977 in Canada, wearing standard three-tone camoflage. (Courtesy Ken Sullivan)

US Army Supplied Image Gallery.

While taking part in training operations in the United States and overseas ICCS and United Nations missions, Canadians were issued US supplied M151’s, M151A1’s and M151A2’s. These vehicles usually have very few Canadian identifiers on them and were only used for short periods of time before being returned. They were not accepted by the Canadian military and were not part of the 1974 purchase.

Team driving! With the 15th Field Regiment RCA at the Yakima Training Centre In Washington State. Note the Canadian Army van in the background. (15 FD Regt. Museum)
A US supplied UNEF II M151A2 used by the Canadian Contingent in 1974. (DND Image)
A US army example being used by a Canadian militia unit to transport stretchers, and a beer, on the range at Fort Lewis, Washington State in the late 1970’s (Courtesy Dennis Cardy)
15 Field Regiment RCA on the range Fort Lewis during MILCON75. (15 Fd Regt. Museum)
1978, a Canadian marked United Nations M151A2 loaned to the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon but still marked to UNEF II. (United Nations Image)


A special thanks must go to Rob Love and Eric Booth for their contributions to the narrative text, and Steve Hawken, Terry Warner, Peter Faulkner and Ed Storey for their assistance with images and specifics relating to the individual vehicles.