14th Service Battalion
A typical Army Service Corps convoy was preceded by a DR (dispatch rider) mounted on a Triumph motorcycle guiding anywhere from two to thirty trucks on a DP (distribution point) exercise.
Personnel are DR-Cpl Carl Deschner; Truck1, Cpl Axel Kollewyn; Truck2, Sgt Barry Banks. Night DPs were particularly exciting as you ran with no lights in a tactical situation. Each vehicle had a pin point light on the rear axle so you wouldn’t run into the truck in front of you. Dispatch rider's and their motorcycles were expected to stay out of the way as they had no night lights, very hazardous for them!
The two trucks shown here are 2 1/2 Ton Cargo Trucks manufactured by GMC. They were a very serviceable vehicle, a powerful engine, an excellent hydraulic transmission and capable of extreme cross country manoeuvrability. You could knock down 3 inch trees with no problem. They were capable of transporting cargo or personnel.
The 14th Canadian Service Battalion celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010.