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Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker

Diamond-T began building the 969 series in 1941. After less than two dozen were built using civilian components, the instruments and other parts were changed to military standard and the designation became 969A. There was a 969B model for export, but these were not used by U.S. forces. Both closed metal cabs and open, soft-top cabs were built for the 969A. The soft-top cabs, which began production in 1943, could be fitted with a machine gun ring mount.

The Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker was powered by the 6 cyl., 529 cu. in. Hercules RXC engine that developed 106 hp. mated to a five speed manual transmission and two speed transfer case. It was equipped with the Holmes W-45 heavy duty military wrecker bed with its twin boom and two 5-ton winches at the front of the bed as well as a front mounted winch. A variety of other recovery equipment was carried, along with its own air compressor.

The vehicle weighed 21,350 lbs. and could tow 25,000 pounds. It was 292 in. long, 100 in. wide, and 116 in. high.

The Diamond-T Model 968 cargo truck was built on the same G-509 chassis.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the Diamond-T 969A wrecker at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

Soldiers of the 543rd Transportation Unit set up camp, during WW II.  Left truck is a GMC 2 1/2-ton 6x6 equipped with a Number 7 wrecker set frame and pulley.  Right truck is a Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker.
A Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker pulls a water distillation unit, unloading from an LST (Landing Ship - Tank), at the dock area, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 5 April 1944.  The equipment was transferred from Tarawa.
7th Bomber Command equipment and supplies in area awaiting sorting and delivery to respective sections, Marshall Islands, 1944.  Vehicles:  At left WC-51 (or WC-52) 3/4-ton weapons carrier, Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker left of center, jeeps at right.
Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker and other trucks loading on LSTs for the Normandy invasion, at a harbor in England, 1 June 1944.
Members of a reenactment group park a restored World War II-era Diamond-T 969A 4-ton, 6x6 Wrecker at the Airborne Festival in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, 3 June 2009. The festival coincides with events in the area commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
Vehicle Processing Line at Norfolk Army Base, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Norfolk, VA, 1 November 1944.  Vehicles appear to be Diamond-T 969A 4-ton, 6x6 Wrecker.
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Diamond-T 969A 4 ton, 6x6 Wrecker (G509) Photo Gallery

Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker. Photo 28 December 1941.
Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker. Photo 28 December 1941.

Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker
Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker.

Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker.  Woodlawn Lake, Camp Bullis, San Antonio, TX, July 1941.  Photo was taken by Senior Cadet Edward Y. Pettit, of the Corps of Cadets of the A&M College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). He was promoted to Captain and won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944.
Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker. Woodlawn Lake, Camp Bullis, San Antonio, TX, July 1941. Photo was taken by Senior Cadet Edward Y. Pettit, of the Corps of Cadets of the A&M College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). He was promoted to Captain and won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944. Photo: Courtesy Bob Pettit, son of Capt. Pettit.

Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker
Diamond-T 969A 4 ton Wrecker, 1944. Photo: Courtesy Steve.

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