Today in WW II: 2 Aug 1939 Albert Einstein writes to Pres. Roosevelt about the potential for a uniquely powerful uranium weapon and indications of German interest in it, the inspiration for the Manhattan Project.  More 
2 Aug 1943 Revolt by inmates of Treblinka death camp; guards and one SS officer killed and over 200 hundred inmates escaped; a few avoided death or recapture.
2 Aug 1943 Future US President John F. Kennedy's motor torpedo boat PT-109 is rammed by a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Islands.
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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.