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Today in WW II: 24 May 1941 Battle of the Denmark Strait: German battleship Bismarck sinks British battlecruiser HMS Hood, flagship of the Home Fleet, killing all but 3 of the 1418 crew.  More 
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Pre-World War II Chevrolet Military Trucks

Prior to World War II, the vehicles procured by the War Department for military use were based on commercial designs. Military modifications were few, such as de-plating chrome parts and painting the entire vehicle in olive drab. Custom designed military vehicles, the normal practice in WW II and later, were few.

Truck, Carryall, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet based on 1941 Chevrolet Suburban.   Hood number is W-2015865
Truck, Carryall, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet based on 1941 Chevrolet Suburban. Hood number is W-2015865.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Chevrolet light trucks from mid-1930s, photo circa 1941
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Chevrolet light trucks from mid-1930s, photo circa 1941.

Truck, Combination, Stake and Platform, 1 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet
Truck, Combination, Stake and Platform, 1 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet. Hood number is W-338774.

Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet.  Hood number is W-217153
Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet. Hood number is W-217153.

Truck, Telephone Maintenance, 1 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet.  Hood number is W-003647
Truck, Telephone Maintenance, 1 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Chevrolet. Hood number is W-003647.

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