The 1 ¾ tonne trailer was first used by the British Army in the early 1980s and has been used right up to the 2000s. It was usually towed by either the Bedford MK/MJ or the Leyland DAF 4 tonner and was widely used in numerous operations since its introduction including both Gulf Wars and Bosnia and Croatia.
The basic trailer has a useful load capacity of just under 2 tonnes, which is almost half the carrying capacity of the towing truck. This means that two trucks with trailers could carry almost the same as three trucks and so save on both manpower and fuel. The trailer had removable sides and tailgate which made it suitable as the basic platform for a variety of specialist trailers.