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Today in WW II: 15 Sep 1944 US Marines invade Peleliu, beginning a long and tough battle to wrest the island from the Japanese [15 Sep-27 Nov].   

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:

Jeeps and trailers being processed for overseas shipment and amphibious driving, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 11 May 1943.
Members of the 3666th Maintenance Company, Arizona Army National Guard, jump starts an M-151A1 1/4-ton 4x4 light vehicle (jeep) tied onto a railroad flatcar, with other M-151s and trailers, during the joint U.S./South Korean exercise Team Spirit 87, Pyong Taek, S. Korea, 27 March 1987.  An M-816 5-ton wrecker stands to the right.
1966 Ford Motor Co, 1/4 ton MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck), 4x4, model M151A1, s/n 2K3786, odometer 32068, 4 speed manual transmission, with 4 cylinder gasoline engine. Behind the jeep is a 1966 Stevens mfg, M416 1/4 ton cargo trailer, s/n 2028. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC.
Restored World War II-era jeep and trailer at the Airborne Festival in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, 3 June 2009. The festival coincides with events in the area commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
A United States Army truck convoy carrying supplies for Russia using  Studebaker / Reo US6 6x4 Tractor-Trailers, somewhere in the Persian corridor, 1943. Captain J. Priggee, Newark, NJ, and LT S. McClure, Nashville, TN, leaders of the truck convoy, are about to start out at dawn. The Captain of the convoy rides in a jeep at the rear and the Lieutenant in a jeep leading the way.
An Army Reserve CH-47 Chinook helicopter delivers an M151A2 jeep and a utility trailer to Landing Zone Iron during Exercise Gallant Eagle 82, Fort Irwin, CA, 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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