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Old 27-11-16, 12:05
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Hello All,

It is Sunday night - not much on TV .... if I went out to my truck now the mosquitoes would eat me alive. So ...

I visited the Australian War Memorial Online Collection and found a close up photograph of the sides of a 1941 + Chevrolet Holden Truck that shows the sides of the tray.

First question: Is the curved section at the very top of the two sides a length of sheet metal that acts as a guard for the tarpaulin?

Second question: I zoomed in and it looks like the headboard behind the cabin and the side has mesh fixed to it. Is this fibre netting like a fishing net or is it, or is it a steel mesh?

Third question: were these standard fit for the era so therefore could the 1939 to 1940 trucks be fitted with the same mesh? So far I have only found photographs of fully tarped vehicles of just bare tray backs.

The trucks seem to be have a camouflaged paint scheme. Could be my eyes playing tricks on me? Of late that is not too hard at all. The three trucks do not have roof hatches either.

it is a shame that all the truck photographs from the Australian War Memorial's collection do not have the ARN so clearly displayed as the first truck does! It would certainly make truck identification easier for us.

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Photograph details Accessed November 27, 2016 from, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/029155
ID number 029155
Collection type Photograph

Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Description FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA. 1943-02-18. WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TROOPS OF THE 9TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, WHO HAVE JUST DISEMBARKED ON THEIR RETURN FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, IN TRUCKS EN ROUTE TO MELVILLE CAMP AND THEN ON LEAVE.
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Old 27-11-16, 21:51
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Lionel the metal curbed piece and the mesh are part of the vehicles "canvas tilt" and not part of the rear body.

Most GS trucks did not have the mesh but stores trucks plus a few medical trucks did.

Canvas tilt is curbed pipe frame with the curved metal sides and a metal strip along the top centre.

Hope this makes sense mate
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That's a 'binned stores body'. The register says its a GMC ..see the long badge on the bonnet side ? It had a conversion 1944
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That's a 'binned stores body'. The register says its a GMC ..see the long badge on the bonnet side ? It had a conversion 1944
Hello Mike,

Thanks for the identification of the binned stores body. What do you mean by a "conversion"?

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