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US Military WW II M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)

More information about the M-5H-6 International Harvester Cargo Truck is found on the linked page.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the IH M-5H-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6 truck at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

Marines unload medical supplies and food which has just arrived in a USMC Douglas R5D-2 Skymaster cargo plane from Japan, at an airfield near Chunchon, Korea, 1950.  The truck is an International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6.
Equipment stored at an Engineer Depot, Korea, September 1952.  Trailers with  M-5H-6 International Harvester Cargo Truck in foreground.
1945 photo of a U.S. Navy (and USMC) International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6 cargo truck, pulling a parade float with a lighter truck on board.
Marines of the Combat Service Group Lifting Salvaged M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Truck on Flat Car to be Shipped to Masan, Korea, 22 October 1951. USMC Crawler Crane to the right.
International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck, Holabird Quartermaster Depot, 1941.  This truck was similar to the GMC CCKW 2 1/2 ton 6x6 but was used primarily by the US Navy and Marince Corps.
Vehicles on Iwo Jima's 'Red Beach', circa 25 February 1945, with USS LST-884 (center) and USS LST-929 (at left, with H markings on her hull) unloading in the background.  Among the vehicles are trucks, mobile cranes, amphibious tractors (LVTs), jeeps and a variety of trailers. A field artillery piece is being pulled along in the right center. Note the pierced steel matting roadways.

Military trucks produced by International Harvester in the World War II era used a three part model number: M for Military, a second number indicating how many half-tons of off-road capacity, and a third number indicating the number of driven wheels. Example: M-2-4 is a one-ton model, 4x4. In some cases, an additional letter was inserted to further specify the model.

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M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651) with 9 foot bed. Two piece windshield is unusual.

M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651) with 12 foot bed.

Marines struggle to position M101 105mm Light Howitzer Okinawa, 1945.  Short wheelbase M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 was used as a prime mover
Marines struggle to position M101 105mm Light Howitzer, Okinawa, 1945. Short wheelbase M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 (right, rear) was used as a prime mover.

Marines in M-5H-6 6x6 trucks make slow progress during torrential rains on Okinawa, May 1945
Marines in M-5H-6 6x6 trucks make slow progress during torrential rains on Okinawa, May 1945.

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