Today in WW II: 30 Aug 1941 German Lorenz SZ40 teleprinter operator sent a 4,000 character message twice, allowing British mathematician Bill Tutte and others at Bletchley Park to decipher the machine's coding mechanism. More↓
30 Aug 1942 Germany formally annexes Luxembourg to the German Reich, triggering a general strike the next day protesting German Army conscription. 30 Aug 1942 Battle of Alam el Halfa, between Rommel's German force and British Commenwealth troops under Montgomery, south of El Alamein, the end of last major Axis offensive of their Western Desert campaign [30 Aug-5 Sep]. 30 Aug 1944 Last remnants of German forces retreat across the Seine River, bringing Operation Overlord to a successful conclusion. Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.
US Military WW II M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)
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.
IH M-5H-6 Photo Gallery
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) with 12 foot bed.
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.