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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.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of military jeeps and trailers at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

Commander William J. Longhi (commanding officer) arriving at his trailer at NCS receiver site, M151A1 1/4-ton 4x4 (jeep), Naval Communication Station, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, circa 1971.
WC-56 Dodge 3/4-ton 4x4 Command Car, M37B1 Dodge 3/4-ton 4x4 Cargo Truck (USMC), M38A1 jeep w/trailer. The 2009 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy arrives at Cantigny, IL, 20 June 2009 to rest, refuel and share their experiences with the local community near Chicago. The Convoy is retracing the route of the first major motorized expedition across the United States, in 1919.
A military check point during the Potsdam Conference, Potsdam, Germany, 14 July 1945. In the back of the jeep are Civilian Photo Technicians working for the Counter Intelligence Corps. The jeep is driven by Captain Thomas Ryan, Bdg. Co., Berlin District, from New York City. The MP is Cpl. Charles Christie, 713th MP Bn., whose home is Tahlequah, OK.  The trailer is an MB-T or T3 quarter-ton trailer, manufactured specifically to be towed by the WW II MB/GPW jeep.  The bumper markings of the jeep have been censored on the photo, a common practice during WW II.
Marines in an M-151A2 1/4 Ton jeep with M416 trailer meet a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter, Exercise Agile Sword 86, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL, 22 May 1986.
Jeep and trailer of a US Fifth Army medical unit passes a destroyed bus terminal, Formia area, Italy, 19 May 1944.
US Marine M151A2 jeeps with M416 trailers are lined up waiting to be loaded aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) during exercise Team Spirit 82, White Beach State, Okinawa, Japan, April 1982.

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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