WW2 Vehicle Display


September 2023 to August 2024

In September 2023, we opened our WW2 Vehicle Display. Military vehicles provided firepower, logistical support, mobility, and protection for the Canadian Army, enhancing their effectiveness during the Second World War. Canada produced more than 800,000 vehicles for the war effort, with approximately 20% going to the Canadian Army and the remainder to other Allied nations. This exhibit includes military vehicles used by Canadians during the Second World War.

The Canadian Army, including the Artillery, used Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) vehicles, such as the 15cwt Armoured Truck and the 15cwt Cargo Truck, to transport troops, equipment, and supplies to the front lines during WW2. Armoured vehicles such as the Dingo MK2, Ford Lynx MK2, and Staghound protected soldiers during reconnaissance missions from small arms fire and shrapnel. Additionally, the Stuart Tank saw extensive service with armour units, scouting enemy positions, identifying potential threats, and relaying critical information to headquarters. Armoured vehicles saw action in various theatres of war, including the Italian Campaign and Northwest Europe. 

Tanks such as the Stuart and Grizzly provided crucial firepower and protection for Canadian troops. Self-propelled guns, like the Sexton and the Priest, allowed the Canadian Artillery to adjust their location rapidly, engage enemy targets, and respond to changing battlefield conditions. The vehicles on display are part of the Gregg Collection.  We are proud to showcase this collection, which has great symbolic value, representing the bravery, commitment, and sacrifice of the Canadian Forces.