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Today in WW II: 22 Nov 1943 First Cairo Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek [November 22-26].   

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:

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.
Discharged from the U.S. Navy Seebees just three weeks earlier, Joseph Hickey drives his newly purchased International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck away from a surplus property sale held in Tacoma, WA, February 1946. Hickey's was the first automotive purchase and here he is congratulated by Lt. Cmdr. Walter Rierson, Commanding Officer of the Navy Materials Redistribution Center in Tacoma, WA.
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck drives up the ramp of a U.S. Navy LST during the evacuation of the 1st Marine Division, Hungnam, Korea, December 1950.  Appears to be a dump truck on the LWB chassis (spare and fuel tanks behind cab).
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.
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck, short wheel base model configured as a tractor.  Used primarily by the USMC and Navy during WW II and Korea.
WWII vintage International M-5-H6 2 1/2-ton 6x6 Cargo Truck at the US Marine Corps Mechanized Museum, Camp Pendleton, CA.

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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