By Steven J. Zaloga, Hugh Johnson
The jeep used to be the main well-known army car of worldwide battle II, and its identify has turn into synonymous with an entire category of army and civilian all-terrain autos. The jeep originated in a prewar US military requirement for an easy, low-cost, and powerful motor vehicle for uncomplicated application chores. Its basic layout proved to be adaptable to a number of army projects together with use as a scout car, battlefield ambulance, communications car, and employees automobile. This booklet, masking вЂњthe savior of global conflict IIвЂќ, specializes in the layout and improvement of this flexible motor vehicle used on approximately each entrance of global battle II.
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Their preferred mount was the jeep, modified for desert use by the addition of a surge tank for the radiator. Extra jerricans were carried for fuel and water, and the jeeps received a variety of armament. 303-cal. Vickers K guns mounted on the passenger side. The jeeps were locally refinished in desert colors, Light Stone BS No. 1. C1: FORD GPA 1/4TON AMPHIBIAN TRUCK, 1ST ARMORED DIVISION, TUNISIA, 1942 Tunisia was one of the few theaters where the GPA was widely used in a combat zone. The overall scheme is lusterless olive drab.
Wells, Wade, Hail to theJeep, Harper (1946). Probably the first serious attempt at a history of the jeep, this small volume includes an interesting account of the origins of the jeep along with a number of photos ofjeeps in wartime service. This is a June 1944manufactured Willys MB of Brigadier-General Louis Fortier, commander of the 94th Division, called "War Eagle" with added fenders and a rear stowage bin. It is seen here being used by General George S. Patton during an inspection of the division in July 1945; Fortier's single star emblem on the bumper has been covered and a plaque with Patton's four star rank attached during the ceremony.
This included a cold-starting stove, crankcase ventilator, primer, hood insulation blanket, radiator blanket, body enclosure kit, defroster/de-icer, and snow chains. These kits were frequently unavailable so local units resorted to their own devices, particularly in creating various type of enclosure kits to protect the crew during inclement weather. These ranged from simple canvas skirts to elaborate wood and metal enclosures. Snow chains were available separately from this full winterization kit, and were widely used in the winter of 1944-45.