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Trailer, 2 Wheel, 1/4 Ton, MB-T (Willys) and T3 (Bantam) (G-529)

The World War II jeeps (Willys MB and Ford GPW) used the 1/4 ton MB-T trailer manufactured by Willys or the nearly identical T3, made by Bantam. The post-war M-100 1/4 ton trailer was very similar, but set up for the 24 volt M-series vehicles. Approximately 60,000 of the Willys MB-T were produced along with about 74,000 of the Bantam T3.

There were many small differences between the MB-T/T3 1/4 ton trailers as compared to the M-100. Visually, the MBT or T3 trailers could be distinguished from the M-100 trailer by these external clues:

  • MBT/T3 has a straight brake handle with knob end while the M100 has a curved hook end brake handle
  • M100 has a grab handle at each corner of the body while the MBT/T3 has no handles

Manuals for these trailers:

  • TM 10-1230 Maintenance and Parts List

See also: Converto Trailer, Dump, 2 Wheel, 1/2 Ton Airborne.

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Truck depot at the 44th Engineer Battalion Compound, ASCOM City near Bupyong, Korea, 1965.  Visible vehicles include M35 and M211 cargo trucks, truck mounted cranes, jeeps, cargo trailers. Courtesy Captain James Jubinski, 117th Ordnance Detachment.
American soldiers in WC-62 / WC-63 Dodge Truck, Cargo, 1 1/2 ton, 6x6 (Weapons Carrier) towing a field gun (right) and in a jeep with trailer, Belgium, 1944.
A United States Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia using Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailers, at a rest stop somewhere in the Persian corridor, 1943. The Captain of the convoy rides in a jeep at the rear and the Lieutenant in a jeep leading the way.
On TInian, escort jeeps follow a tractor and specialty trailer carrying the Fat man atomic bomb to the B-29 delivery aircraft, August 1945.
1954 Willys M38A1 Jeep with M100 Cargo Trailer owned by John and Elaine Cheney, North Baltimore OH.  This vehicle was restored by the owners in 2001. It is painted appropriately for the mid-1950s.  Photo taken at the Vintage Aircraft Gathering, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Field, Dayton, OH, 27-28 September 2008.
Soldiers of the 70th Infantry Division pack a jeep and 1/4-ton trailer,

Trailer, 2 Wheel, 1/4 Ton Photo Gallery

Trailer, 2 Wheel, 1/4 Ton, MB-T (Willys) and T3 (Bantam) (G529).  Photo courtesy of Dr. Dennis P. Nolan.
Trailer, 2 Wheel, 1/4 Ton, MB-T (Willys) and T3 (Bantam) (G529). Photo courtesy of Dr. Dennis P. Nolan.

MB/GPW with MBT or T3 Trailer
US Army MB/GPW with MBT or T3 Trailer.

Trainload of MB/GPW jeeps with MBT or T3 Trailers (and 3/4 ton vehicle in distance), Korea, 14 July 1950
Trainload of MB/GPW jeeps with MBT or T3 Trailers (and 3/4 ton vehicle in distance), Korea, 14 July 1950.

MBT or T3 trailer used to cart away two Chinese prisoners captured on Pork Chop Hill, Korea, 17 April 1953
MBT or T3 trailer used to cart away two Chinese prisoners captured on Pork Chop Hill, Korea, 17 April 1953.

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