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Today in WW II: 29 Aug 1944 US Army 28th Infantry Division parades down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in a victory celebration for the liberation of Paris a few days earlier.   

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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M151 jeep, equipped with a fording kit and trailer, is driven toward utility landing craft 1661 (LCU 1661) as the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit redeploys back to ships of Amphibious Squadron 4, Lebanon, 26 February 1984.
A member of the 177th Armored Brigade services his M151 1/4-ton 4x4 light utility vehicle (jeep) after an opposing force exercise at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA, 10 March 1987. At right, an M35 2 1/2-ton truck equipped with a 1-ton trailer.
Train load of M151 jeeps (M151A1 and M151A2) with trailers, going to Pusan Port following US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 87, 15 Apr 1987.
African-American troops with jeeps and trailers advancing on Highway 12 along the Torrente Lima, northern Apennines, Italy, October 1944. In danger areas the windshields were folded forward and covered with canvas to prevent light reflection.  Germans commonly used road demolition to slow progress.
Combat engineers using LVTP-7 for transportation, followed by M-151 jeep with M416 trailer, Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combined Training, Twentynine Palms, CA, 1 Nov 1981.  Towed behind the LVTP-7 appears to be a Mine Clearing Line Charge mounted on an M353 trailer.
Military policemen drive an M151A1 light utility vehicle (jeep), with 1/4-ton trailer, past the wash rack area during the joint US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 87, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, 10 April 1987.  Vehicles on wash rack include CUCV and larger cargo trucks.

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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