Ram Kangaroo, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Full Tracked (E1985.121)
The Ram was, essentially, a Canadian version of the American Sherman and, since substantial numbers were built, was readily available when Canadian armoured regiments were re-equipped with the American tanks. Workshops in Britain embarked upon a major programme converting the tanks which, in the main, involved removing the turret and finding a new location for the radio.
As a personnel carrier the Ram was not ideal. It was diffcult to climb in and not all that easy to jump out while inside there was nowhere to sit and little protection from the weather. However it was capable of keeping up with the tanks in an advance, so the infantry did not have to march, and provided adequate protection, at least from horizontal fire.
Kangaroos were also used in Italy with considerable success and the British Army operated a Churchill version after the war. Since then most countries have designed more practical personnel carriers and now only the Israeli Army converts old tanks to this role.
This Kangaroo has no side doors, ventilator in the hull side, machine-gun turret and return rollers directly above the suspension unit. It has been fitted with Sherman tracks during restoration. Ram Kangaroos were used by 49 A.P.C. Regt. and 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, both part of 79th Armoured Division. It is not known if this one was used in action. The Kangaroo was recovered from Imber by 4 R.T.R.