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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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Jeep MB/GPW transporting C-rations during the Korean War.  1/4-ton trailer and a second jeep are in background.
Seventh Army jeep and trailer passes civilians in La Garde-Freinet, France, 18 August 1944.  Homemade sign helpfully points the way to Berlin.
Delta 1/7 1st MarDiv starts climbing aboard LVTP-5 amphibious tractors to go the Arizona Territory, Vietnam, 2 July 1969. Trucks, jeep, cargo trailers, M149  Water Buffalo trailers in background.
Jeeps and trailers being processed for overseas shipment and amphibious driving, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 11 May 1943.
Warlock is a complete, secure remote FM radio system that supported the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Artillery during tactical operations, during the 1970s, installed in an M-151 jeep and 1/4 ton trailer.
M2 Radio Halftrack, with generator on trailer, from the 146th Armored Signal Company, 3rd Armored Div., using newly built pontoon bridge to cross the See River, Normandy, France, 31 July 1944.  Other vehicles, jeeps and trucks, in background.

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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