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Today in WW II: 24 Apr 1945 Retreating German troops in Italy destroy all the bridges over the Adige in Verona, including the historical Ponte di Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra.   

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:

MB-T or T3 jeep trailer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. First Army, near Frauwullesheim, Germany, after crossing the Roer River, 28 February 1945.  This image also available in B&W.
FLC Seventh Motor Transport Battalion is carrying everything from boots to huge 175mm gun barrels through small hamlets and winding roads to Force Logistic Command near Da Nang, Vietnam, 1969.  The supplies were left by the redeployed 3rd Marine Division located in Quang Tri.  Trucks appear to be M54 5-ton 6x6.  M151 jeep with trailer visible on right.  Gun barrels probably for M-107 175mm Self-propelled Gun.
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.
Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion push a segment of a ponton bridge in place using a powerboat, with jeeps and trailers on board.  Korea, 1950.
Riflemen of 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division, aboard a jeep and trailer, driving off Landing Zone N past a crashed Airspeed Horsa glider, Normandy, France, on the evening of 6 June 1944.
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.

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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