Image: Priest Kangaroo (IWM)
YearAugust 1944
Vehicle TypeArmoured Personnel Carrier
Origin & DesignerCanada/REME
Numbers Produced102
Crew1 (Driver) + 20 x Troops
Main Armament1 x .30 Browning M.1919 Machine Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament[@secondary_armament]
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried[@ammunition_carried]
Combat Weight22.970 kg
Ground Clearance0.43m
Fording Depth1.01m
Trench Crossing2.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability30°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 51mm.
Hull Sides: 38mm.
Hull Rear: 13mm.
Hull Top: 25mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
EngineContinental R975 C1 (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range193 km
Maximum Cross Country Range140 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe early versions of the Kangaroo were really M7 priests stripped of their main armament. This came about when the Canadian army asked for a vehicle to not only transport infantry at tank speed but allow for protection against enemy fire. These priests were vehicles that were withdrawn from Canadian artillery regiments and were due to be replaced by either towed 25 pdrs or Sextons. The first 72 were converted and these were split in two batches of 36 vehicles and issued to both the Canadians and British units during operation Totalize. Another four were kept in reserve. The priest kangaroo served from only August to October 1944 and were replaced by the Ram Kangaroo.