The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment now has some transport. Theoretically, each platoon in an infantry battalion had a 15 cwt CMP truck assigned (15 hundredweight, approximately 3/4 ton). In Sicily, there was a great shortage of vehicles, as the ship carrying most of the 1st Division's vehicles was torpedoed en route. As a result, soldiers were required to walk everywhere and carry everything they needed. Even if they'd had the truck, however, they'd still need to walk, as it was far too small to carry more than a few soldiers and was really intended to haul equipment and supplies.
I've decided to be a bit more optimistic, and I've provided the Hasty Ps with their very own CMP 15 cwt truck! The model is from Rubicon Models, and a sweet little model it is. My research on camo patterns for Sicily was not very successful - I found loads of information for trucks in NW Europe, some for the North African campaign, but precious little for any other theatres. So I've improvised and assumed a bit, and followed inspiration from my previous efforts with the Sherman III, also a Rubicon kit.
Vehicle markings are from the decal sheet that comes with the kit. The red square with yellow maple leaf is the formation sign for 1st Canadian Infantry Division, the red square with '56' is the unit sign for the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (second battalion in the senior infantry brigade). There's also a yellow bridging disk. The sheet didn't actually have a '56' unit sign, so I built one by chopping up two other signs and sticking them together!
Finally, a few comparison shots with the Sherman III and the platoon commander.